This reading list contains suggestions of great books for Secondary 1 students. These books have been specially selected to introduce students to a variety of genres such as realistic fiction, mystery, adventure, fantasy, and science fiction. Check out these wonderful books today!
Mystery (You Write It!)
Author: John Hamilton
Publisher: ABDO, 2009.
Call No.: J 808.3 HAM
Summary: If you have always wanted to write your own mystery, this simple guide is your chance to learn how! Hamilton lays out the basic concepts of writing a mystery novel in a thorough yet easy-to-read manner.
Author: Adeline Yen Mah
Publisher: Puffin, 2009.
Call No.: Y 951.05092 MAH
Summary: Wu Mei (Fifth Daughter) is considered a harbinger of bad luck by her family because her mother died while giving birth to her. When her father remarries, her siblings blame her for their abusive stepmother. Despite being ostracised by her family, Wu Mei strives for her father’s approval. This book is based on the true story of the author’s childhood.
Egypt’s Mysterious Pyramids: An Isabel Soto Archaeology Adventure (Graphic Library. Graphic Expeditions)
Author: Agnieszka Biskup
Publisher: Capstone Press, 2012.
Call No.: J 932 BIS
Summary: This illustrated novel transports readers back in time to the age of the grand pyramids. Follow Isabel Soto – time-travelling extraordinaire – as she uncovers the secrets of these enigmatic mega structures.
The August House Book of Scary Stories: Spooky Tales for Telling Out Loud
Editor: Liz Parkhurst
Publisher: August House, 2009.
Call No.: Y AUG
Summary: This spooky compilation draws together scary stories from folktales, urban legends, and history. It is an engaging book to be brought to sleepovers and campfires, and reading it will unsettle readers of all ages.
Uglies (Uglies, Book 1)
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: Simon Pulse, 2005.
Call No.: Y WES
Summary: Tally can’t wait to be sixteen and get the operation that will turn her from an Ugly to a Pretty – then life will be a never-ending party! However, her new friend Shay refuses the procedure and runs away. Tally has to bring her back or remain an Ugly forever.
Variant (Variant, Book 1)
Author: Robison Wells
Publisher: HarperTeen, 2011.
Call No.: Y WEL
(This book is also available on eReads.)
Summary: After winning a scholarship to the prestigious Maxfield Academy, Benson realises that he is getting more than he bargained for. With security cameras watching the school, there is no escape – only death if he breaks a single rule. However, now that he knows the school’s real secret, death is a small price to pay.
Cleopatra Ascending (Shadow’s Edge Novel, Book 2)
Author: Maureen Lipinski
Publisher: Flux, 2013.
Call No.: Y LIP
Summary: Rhea Spencer is not your typical teenager. She is the reincarnation of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. Caught between two lives and a yawning gap of more than two thousand years, Rhea must now sacrifice the life she has made for herself to fight the war she left behind.
The Westing Game
Author: Ellen Raskin
Publisher: Puffin Books, 2004.
Call No.: Y RAS
Summary: When eccentric millionaire Sam Westing dies, he leaves behind a will that bequeaths his entire fortune to whomever it is that figures out the mystery surrounding his death. He has determined the list of potential heirs – sixteen strangers who must work in predetermined pairs. Can you figure out the mystery before they do? Who will win Westing’s final game?
The Twilight Zone: Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?
Author: Mark Kneece
Publisher: Walker & Company, 2009.
Call No.: Y 741.5973 KNE
Summary: Someone witnesses a UFO crash near a diner. When the police investigate, they discover that there is one more person in the eatery than there should be. Who is the alien in disguise? What does he or she intend to do on Earth? This is a bizarre tale with a most unexpected ending!
Using the Internet (Research for Writing)
Author: Valerie Bodden
Publisher: Creative Education, 2012.
Call No.: Y 025.0425 BOD
Summary: This easy-to-understand narrative, punctuated by colourful pictures, presents a fun and engaging way to learn how to navigate the vast amount of information that is available on the Internet today. Topics covered include assessing the reliability of online resources, obtaining the information one requires, and searching with the help of Boolean operators.
Born of Illusion (Born of Illusion, Book 1)
Author: Teri J. Brown
Publisher: Balzer + Bray, 2013.
Call No.: Y BRO
Summary: 1920s New York City is an exciting world of Houdini, mentalists, and séances. Anna’s mother is a skilful fraud who makes a living out of stage shows and séances. On the other hand, Anna is actually talented with foresight. She struggles to hide her gift from her mother, but as her powers grow, Anna has to come to terms with who she truly is.
Author: Suzanne LaFleur
Publisher: Puffin, 2011.
Call No.: J LAF
Summary: Elsie is bullied in school, finds her best friend too childish for her, and feels neglected at home. However, when she is given a key and a letter from her late father, Elsie realises that the secrets the key unlocks will guide her to look at life from a different perspective. As she goes about figuring out her father’s message, Elsie also learns to work through her problems.
The Neptune Project (The Neptune Project, Book 1)
Author: Polly Holyoke
Publisher: Disney, Hyperion Books, 2013.
Call No.: J HOL
Summary: Nere has always been more comfortable in water than on land. She is part of a group of genetically altered Neptune children who are bred to live underwater. In a world of extensive global warming and expanding oceans, will Nere and the Neptune children be mankind’s salvation?
Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code: The Graphic Novel
Author: Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin
Publisher: Disney, Hyperion Books, 2013.
Call No.: 741.59415 COL –[ART]
Summary: Child genius Artemis Fowl is on a break from his adventures in the world of fairies. However, things go wrong and Butler, his bodyguard, is mortally injured. Now, Artemis must convince the fairies to prevent Butler from dying…
Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2012.
Call No.: Y HAD
Summary: 16-year-old Tish Bonner is not your average teenager. Left to fend for herself and her brother when her abusive father and mother walked out on them, she has no one to confide in…until she has to keep a diary
for English class. When the teacher promises not to read entries labelled with “Do not read”, Tish finally finds a way to vent her frustrations and emotions on paper.
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