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11+ English reading book list

A Reading List for the 11 Plus English Exams

It is essential to have a 11+ reading list when preparing for English and verbal reasoning exams.

Below is a list of fiction books and authors that have been recommended for 11+ coaching at our centres

  • Alan Gibbons – Caught in the Crossfire
  • Alan Gibbons – Caught in the Crossfire
  • Alex Shearer – The Invisible Man’s socks
  • Angie Sage – Septimus Heap series
  • Anne Fine – A Pack of Liars
  • Anne Holm – I Am David
  • Anthony Horowitz – Stormbreaker
  • Anthony Horowitz – Stormbreaker
  • Arthur Ransome – Swallows and Amazons series
  • Barbara Leonie Picard (translator) – The Odyssey
  • Barbara Sleigh – Carbonel series 1 and 2
  • Brian Jacques – Redwall series
  • S. Lewis – The Chronicles of Narnia
    Book 1 – The Magicians Nephew
    Book 2 – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    Book 3 – The Horse and His Boy
    Book 4 – Prince Caspian
    Book 5 – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Caroline Lawrence – Roman Mysteries series:
    The Thieves of Ostia
    The Secrets of Vesuvius
    The Pirates of Pompeii
  • Carolyn Keene – Nancy Drew mysteries: The Mystery at Lilac Inn
  • Cathy Cassidy – Scarlett
  • Cathy Cassidy – Scarlett
  • Charles Ashton – Dragon’s Fire
  • Charles Kingsley – The Water Babies
  • Charmian Hussey – The Valley of Secrets
  • Chris d’Lacey – Fire series:
    Book 1 – The Fire Within
    Book 2 – Icefire
    Book 3 – Firestar
    Book 4 – The Fire Eternal
    Book 5 – Dark Fire
  • Christopher Paolini – Eldest series
  • Cliff McNish
    Doomspell trilogy 1 – Doomspell
    Doomspell trilogy 2 – The Scent Magic
    Doomspell trilogy 3 – The Wizards promise
  • Clive King – Stig of the Dump
  • Cornelia Funke – Inkheart Trilogy
  • Cornelia Funke – Inkheart Trilogy and Thief Lord
  • Daniel Defoe – Robinson Crusoe
  • Daniel Defoe – Robinson Crusoe
  • Darren Shan – Demonata series
  • Debbi Gilori – Pure Dead Magic
  • Debbi Gilori – Pure Dead Magic
  • Derek Landy – Skulduggery Pleasant series: Book 1
  • Nesbit – The Phoenix and the Carpet & others
  • L. Konigsburg – From the Mixed up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler
  • Elise Broach – Shakespeare’s Secret
  • Elizabeth Kay – The Divide series
  • Enid Blyton
  • Enid Blyton – The Secret Island
  • Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl
  • Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl
  • Erin Hunter – Warrior series:Shadow of The Clans
  • Eva Ibbotson – The Dragonfly Pool
  • Frances Hardinge – Fly by Night
  • Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
  • Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
  • Garth Nix The Seventh Tower Series
  • Geraldine McCaughrean – The Death Defying Pepper Roux
  • Graham Marks – Snatched
  • Hans Christian Andersen – Fairy Tales
  • Hans Christian Andersen – The Complete Fairy Tales
  • Holly Black – Beyond The Spiderwick Chronicles: A Giant Problem
  • Holly Black – The Spiderwick Chronicles
  • K. Rowling – Harry Potter series
  • R.R. Tolkien – The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings series
  • Jacob Grimm – Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales
  • Jacob Grimm – Complete Grimms Fairy Tales
  • Jacqueline Wilson Series
  • Jenny Nimmo – Charlie Bone series
  • Joan Aiken – Wolves of Willoughby Chase series
  • Joan Aiken – Wolves of Willoughby Chase series
  • Jonathan Stroud – The Bartimaeus Trilogy
  • Julia Golding – The Glass Swallow
  • Julie Lee – The Mysterious Adventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth
  • Karen McCombie – Marshmallow Magic and the Wild Rose Rouge
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder – Little House on the Prairie series
  • Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Louis Sachar – Holes
  • Lucy Daniels – Animal Ark series
  • Lucy Daniels – Animal Ark series
  • Lucy Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables
  • Lynne Reid Banks – The Indian in the Cupboard trilogy
  • Malorie Blackman – Noughts and Crosses Trilogy
  • Malorie Blackman – Noughts and Crosses Trilogy
  • Mark Twain – Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn
  • Michael Carroll – New Heroes series
  • Michael Morpurgo – The Butterfly Lion
  • Michelle Paver – Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series
  • Nina Bawden – Carrie’s War
  • Norman Hunter – The Incredible adventures of Professor Branestawm
  • Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell – The Edge Chronicles series
  • Philip Pullman
  • Philip Reeve – Infernal Devices
  • Philip Ridley – Scribbleboy
  • Richmal Crompton – Just William
  • Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson series
  • Roald Dahl
  • Roald Dahl – The Witches
  • Silvana De Mari – The Last Elf
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Lost World
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Lost World
  • Susan Coolidge – What Katy Did Next
  • Susan Coolidge – What Katy Did series
  • H. White – The Once and Future King
  • Terry Pratchett Series
  • William Golding – Lord of the Flies
  • William Golding – Lord of the Flies
  • William In Trouble
  • William Nicholson – Wind on Fire Trilogy
  • William The Bad
  • William The Conqueror
  • William The Outlaw

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