Rockbrook Park School Recommended Reading List


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Recommended Reading List
All of the books listed on these pages are recommended as enjoyable worthwhile reading for boys in 1st6th years. Most of the titles are available in paperback editions.
1st3rd years
Adam, Douglas Watership Down

Adamson, Joy Born Free

Aldrich, T. B. The Story of a Bad Boy

Armstrong, William H. Sounder

Arnold, Elliott Broken Arrow

Banks Wynne Reid Maura’s Song

Barrett A. A Songbird’s Groove

Bawden, Nina Carrie’s War

Baum F. Hilda Lessways

Bartos-Hoppner, B. The Cossacks

Blackwood, Gary The Shakespeare Stealer

Bowler, Tim River Boy

Boyd, James Drums

Boyne, John The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas

Bradley, Ray S is for Space

Braymer, Marjorie The Walls of Windy Troy

Brown, Pamela Family Playball

The Bridesmaids

Buckeridge, Anthony Jennings

Burnett F, Hodgeson The Secret Garden

Carson, Rachel The Edge of the Sea

The Sea Around Us

Carter, Peter The Gates of Paradise

Catton, Bruce Banners and Shenandoah

A Stillness at Appomattox

Childers, Brskine The Riddle of the Sands

Choldenko, Jennifer Al Capone Does My Shirts

Notes from a Liar and her Dog

Clark, Walter The Ox-bow Incident

Colfer, Eoin Artemis Fowl series

Cooper, James Fenimore Last of the Mohicans

Cooper, Susan Greenwitch

Corbett, Jim Man-eaters of Kumoan

Conroy, Don The Celestial Child

Cousey, Robert Basketball Is My Life

Crompton, Richmal William

Dana, Richard Henry Two Years Before the Mass

Daugherty, James Daniel Boone

Day, Clarence Life With Father

De Hartog Jan. The Little Ark

The Lost Sea

De Jong Meindert The Wheel of the School

House of Sixty Fathers

De Kruff, Paul Microbe Hunters

De Valera, Sinead Fairy Tales of Ireland

More Irish Fairy Tales

Dennison, Muriel Susannah of the Mounties

Susannah of the Yukon

Diaz, Bernal The Conquest of Mexico

Dickens, Charles Oliver Twist

A Tale of Two Cities

A Christmas Carol

Dillion, Ellis The San Sebastian

Island of Hores

The Singing Cave

The Seekers

Dodge Mary Mapes The Silver Skates

Dooley, Dr. Thomas A. Night They Turned the Mountain

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Doyle, Arthur Conan Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Hound of the Baskervilles

The Lost World

Dumas, Alexandre The Three Musketeers

The Black Tulip

Duvoisin R. They Put Out to Sea

Dyer Elinor M Brent The Chalet School Rules

Edmonds, Walter D. Drums Along the Mohawk

Ellis, Dillon Island of Horses

The Singing Cave

The Seekers

Ellsburg, Edward “I Have Just Begun to Fight”-The

Story of John Paul Jones

Men Under the Sea

Ende, Michael The Grey Gentleman

The Never Ending Story

Farley, Walter The Black Stallion

Flegg, Aubrey The Cinnamon Tree

Foreman, Michael War Boy

Forbes, Esther Paul Revere and the World He Lived In

Forester, C. S. Captain Horatio Hornblower

Fox, Paula One-Eyed Cat

Frank, Anne The Diary of Anne Frank

Gardam, Jane The Hollow Land

Gibbings, Robert Cocount Island

Gipson, Fred Old Yeller

Golding, Morton J. Mystery of the Vikings in America

Golding, William Lord of the Flies

Grahame, Kenneth Wind in the Willows

Greene Roger lancelyn The Knights of the Round Table

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Tales of Greek Heros

The Tale of Troy

Grice, Frederick Bonnie Pit Laddie

Griffith, Helen Witch Fear

Just a Dog

Haddon, Mark Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Haggard, H. Rider King Solomon’s Mines

Hardy, Thomas Our Exploits at West Poley

Hartnett, Sonya The Ghost Child

The Silver Donkey

What the Birds See

Haugh, Clara Leif of Lucky

Heyerdahl, Thor Kon-Tiki

The Ra Expeditions

The Kontiki Expedition

Hillary, Sir Edmund (ed.) Challenge of the Unknown

Hinton, Nigel Buddy

Hoban, Russell The Mouse and His Child

Hodges, Walter C. Columbus Sails

Holm, Anne I am David

Horowitz, Anothony Alex Rider series

Hughes, Ted The Iron Man

Hunter, Mollie The Sound of Chariots

Hunt, Sir John Conquest of Everest

Ibbotson, Eva The Dragonfly Pool

Ibsen, Henrick Hedda Gabler

The Wild Duck

Innes, Hammond Wreck of the Mary Deare

Johns Capt. W.E. Biggles

Johnston, Jennifer The Old Jest

The Captains and the King

Kastner, Eric Emil and the Detectives

Kavanagh P.J. Rebel for God

Scarf Jack

King, Clive Stig of the Dump

Kipling, Rudyard Jungle Book

Komroff, Manuel Marco Polo

Laird, Elizabeth The Garbage King

Lamb, Harold Alexander the Great

Le Guin, Ursula K. A Wizard of Earthsea

Lesson, Robert The White Horse

Lewis, C. S. The Horse and His Boy

The Narnia Chronicles

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrope

Lindbergh, Charles Spirit of St. Louis

Lindgrin, Astrid Ronia the Robbers Daughters

Lively, Penelope A Stitch in Time

The House in Norham Gardens

The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

London, Jack Call of the Wild

Lowry, Lois Number of Stars

Lynch, Patricia Knights of God

The Turfcutters Donkey

Macken, Walter Flight of the Doves

The Island of Fire Ox


MacRaois, Cormac The Battle Below Giltspur

Dance of the Midnight Fire

McGaughran, Tom Run With the Wind

Run Swift Run Free

Run to Earth

McMahon, Brian Patsy-O

Miles, Patricia If I Survive

Molesworth, Mrs The Tapestry Room

Montgomery, L.M. Ann of Green Gables

Morrow, H.W. The Splendid Journey

Morpugo, Michael War Horse

Private Peaceful

Kensuke’s Kindom

Mullen, Michael The Long March

Sea Wolves From the North

The Little Drummer Boy

The Viking Princess

Barney the Hedgehog

Naidoo, Beverley Out of Bounds

Nordhoff and Hall Mutiny on the Bounty

Men Against the Sea

Nolan, Christopher Under the Eye of the Clock

Norton, Mary The Railway Children

The Borrowers

O’Brien Press Junior Biography Series Short Lives of Granuaile

Wolfe Tone

W.B. Yeats

Jonathan Swift

Countess Markievic

O’ Brien, Robert C. Z for Zachariah

O’ Hara, Mary Green Grass of Wyoming

O’Flaherty, Liam Short Stories

Orwell, George Animal Farm

Orzcy, Baroness The Scarlet Pimpernell

O’Siocfhrada Jimeen

O’ Steele, William The Far Frontier

Parkman, Francis The Oregon Trail

Park, Ruth Playing Beatie Bow

Paterson, Katherine Bridge to Terabithia

The Great Gilly Hopkins

Pearce, Philippa Tom’s Midnight Garden

Minor on the Say

Perry, Armstrong The Boy who was Afraid

Porter, Eleanor Polyanna

Price, Willard Gorilla Adventure

The Way to Sattin Shore

Lion Adventure

Tiger Adventure

Ransome, Arthur Swallows and Amazons

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter series

Rawlings, Marjorie The Yearling

Rayner, D. A. The Enemy Below

Reeve, Philip Mothstorm



Reid, Meta Mayne The Plotters of Pollnashee

Rees, David Landslip

Rice, Grantland The Tumult and the Shouting

Roberts, Kenneth Northwest passage

Oliver Wiswell

Rabble in Arms

Ruskin, John King of the Golden River

Ryan, Cornelius The Longest Day

Sacher, Louis Holes

Small Steps

Sandburg, Carl Abe Lincoln Grows Up

Schaefer, Jack Shane

Scott, Michael The Children of Lir & the Last of the Fianna

Irish Hero Tales

Sefton, Catherine The Ghost Girl

Serraillier, Ian The Silver Sword

Sewell, Anna Black Beauty

Shipper, K. B. Men, Microscopes, and Living Things

Simms, Otto Exploring the Book of Kells

Brendan the Navigator

Snicket, Lemony Series of Unfortunate Events

Solshenitsyn, Alexander The First Circle

Solzhenitsyn, Alexander The Gulag Archipelago

Southall, Ivan The Fox Hole

Let the Balloon Go

Over the Top

Ash Road

Sperry, Armstrong Danger to Windward

Frozen Fire

Spring, Howard Tumbledown Dick

Stephens, James Irish Fairytales

Stevenson, Robert Louis Black Arrow


Treasure Island

Steinbeck, John The Pearl

Stow, Harriet Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Streatfilled, Noel The Circus is Coming

Summer, Finola Double for Boys

Sutcliff, R. Robin Hood

Sutliffe, Rosemary The Eagle of the Ninth

Swift, Jonathon Gulliver’s Travels

Tarkington, Booth Monsieur Beaucaire

Taylor, Mildred Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry

Let the Circle be Unbroken

Taylor, Theodore The Cay


Tolkien, J. R. R, The Hobbit

Lord of the Rings Series

Travers P.L. Mary Poppins

Trease, Geoffrey Cue for Treason

Trumbull, Robert The Raft

Twain, Mark Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Ullman, James Ramsey Banner in the Sky

Van Der Loeff, A. Rutgers Avalanche

Children of the Oregon Trail

They’re Drowning Our Village

Verne, Jules Journey to the Centre of the Earth

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Mysterious Island

From Earth to the Moon

Webster, Jean Daddy Long Legs

White, E.B. Charlotte’s Webb

White, T. H. The Sword in the Stone

Wibberly, Leonard The Epics of Everest

Wilder, Laura Ingalls Little House in the Big Woods

Little House on the Prairie

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

Wister, Owen The Virginian

Wren, Percival Beau Geste

Wodehouse, P. G. All About Jeeves

Blanding Castle

Wulf, Louis Press The Night of the Burning

Wyss, Johann Swiss Family Robinson

Oliver Wisewell

Frozen Fire


4th-6th years

Achebe, Chinua Things Fall Apart

Adams, Joy Born Free

Adams, Richard Watership Down

Adlrick, T. B. The Story of a Bad Boy

Agee, James A Death in the Family

Alcott, Louisa M. Little Women

Alexander, Lloyd Black Cauldron

Austin, Jane Pride and Prejudice

Sense and Sensibility



Northanger Abbey

Mansfield Park

Bagnold, Enid National Velvet

Ballantyne, R. M. The Coral Island

Beecher Stowe, Harriet Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Behan, Brendan The Hostage

Bennett, Arnold Hilda Lessways

Berry-Hart, T.E. Escape from Genopolis

Beston, Henry The Outermost House

Blackmore, R. D. Laura Doone

Bronte, Charlotte Jane Eyre

Bronte, Charlotte Wuthering Heights

Capek, Darel Dashenka-The Life of a Puppy

Carroll, Lewis Alice in Wonderland

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Carson, Rachel The Sea Around Us

Carter, Peter Under Goliath

The Gates of Paradise

The Sentinels

Cary, Joyce Mister Johnson

Cather, Willa My Antonia

O Pioneers

Shadows on the Rocks

Catton, Bruce The Coming Fury

A Stillness of Appomattox

Chekov, Anton The Cherry Orchard

Three Sisters

Chesterton, G. K. The Innocence of Fr. Brown

Christine, Agatha Why Didn’They Ask Evans

Collins, Wilkie The Moonstone

Conrad, Joseph Typhoon

The Nigger of the Narcissus

Lord Jim


Heart of Darkness

The Secret Agent

Cooper, James Fenimore The Deerslayer

The Last of the Mohicans

The Spy

Cooper, Susan Greenwitch

Costain, Thomas B. The Conquering Family

William the Conqueror

Coward, Noel Blithe Spirit

Day, Clarence Life with Father

Defoe, Daniel Robinson Crusoe

De Saint Exupery, Antoine Wind, Sand and Stars

De Valera, Sinead Fairy Tales of Ireland

Devlin, Polly The Far Side of the Lough

Di Lampedusa, Giuseppe The Leopard

Diaz, Bernal The Conquest of Mexico

Dickens, Charles Great Expectations

David Copperfield

Oliver twist

A Tale of Two Cities

A Christmas Carol

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor The Idiot

The Brothers Karamazov

Durrell, Gerard My Family and Other Animals

Eliot, George Silas Marner

Mill on the Floss


Eliot, T. S. Murder in the Cathedral

The Family Reunion

Eliot, T. S. The Cocktail Party

Enright, Eric Lassie Come Home

Falkner, J. Meade Moonfleet

Farley, Walter The Black Stallion

Faulkner, William Intruder in the Dust

Fitzgerald, F. Scott The Great Gatsby

Forester, C. S. Last Nine Days of the Bismarck

Forrester, Helen Twopence to Cross the Mersey

Forster, E. M. Celestial Omnibus & Other Stories

Howard’s End

The Longest Journey

A Passage to India

Aspects of the Novel

Frank, Anne The Diary of Anne Frank

Frankl, Viktor Man’s Search for Meaning

Friel, Brian Translations

Philadelphia Here I Come

Making History


Gibson, Fred Old Yeller

Goethe Faust

Gogol, Nikolai Diary of a Madman

Golding, William Lord of the Flies

Graham, Kenneth Wind in the Willows

Greene, Graham The Power and the Glory

Brighton Rock

The Tenth Man

Harnett, Sonya Thursday’s Child

Hemingway, Ernest The Old Man and the Sea

Farewell to Arms

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Nemirovsky, Irene All Our Worldly Goods

The Dogs and the Wolves

Henning, Ann The Connemara Whirlwind

Hardy, Thomas Far From the Madding Crowd

Under the Greenwood Tree

Mayor of Casterbridge

Hartley, L. P. The Shrimp and the Anenome

The Go-Between

The Hireling

Herriot, James All Creatures Great and Small

Heyerdahl, Thor Aku-Aku

The Kon-Tiki Expedition

The Ra Expeditions

Hill, Susan The Mist in the Mirror

The Woman in Black

Homer The Iliad

The Odyssey

Howells, W. D. The Rise of Silas Lapham

Hunter, Molly The Sound of Chariots

The Dragonfly Years

Innes, Hammond The Wreck of the Mary Deare

Ishiguro, Kazuo Remains of the Days

When we were Orphans

James, Henry The Turn of the Screw

Portrait of a Lady

The Aspern Papers

Washington Square

Johnston, Jennifer The Captains and the Kings

Kantor, Mackinlay Andersonville

Kavanagh, P. J. Scarf Jack

Rebel for God

Kipling, Rudyard The Jungle Book

Krammer, Clara Clara’s War

Lavin, Mary Short Stories

Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird

London, Jack White Fang

Lord, Walter Day of Infamy

A Night to Remember

Macken, Walter Sullivan

Marsden, Philip The Bronski House

McCarthy, Cormac The Road

McCaughran, Tom Run With the Wind

Run Swift, Run Free

McManus, Francis The Greatest of These

Melville, Herman Moby Dick

Miller, William A Canticle for Liebowitz

Morehead, Alan The Blue Nile

The White Nile

Morison, Samuel Eliot Admiral of the Ocean Sea

John Paul Jones

European Discovery of America

Vol. 1- Northern Voyages

Vol. 2- Southern Voyages

Morris, Desmond Animal Watching

Morpugo, Michael Why the Whale Came

Mullen, Michael Barney the Hedgehog

Nagai, Takashi The Bells of Nagasaki

Newman, John Henry Callista

Nolan, Christopher Under the Eye of the Clock

O’Connor, Edwin The Edge of Sadness

O’ Brien, Flann At Swim Two Birds

O’Brien, Robert Mrs. Frisby and the Rtas of Hims

O’Brien Press Junior Biography Series Short Lives of Granualle

Wolfe Tone

Jonathon Swift

Countess Markievicz

O’ Casey, Sean Juno and the Paycock

The Shadow of a Gunman

The Plough and the Stars

The Silver Tassie

O’Connor, Edwin The Edge of Sadness

The Last Hurrah

O’ Connor, Frank Collected Stories

O Faolain, Sean Collected Stories

O’ Flaherty, Liam Short Stories

O’Hara, Mary Green Grass of Wyoming

Orwell, George Animal Farm

Pasternak, Boris Dr. Zhivago

Paton, Alan Cry, the Beloved Country

Philbrick, Herbert I Led Three Lives

Price, Willard Gorilla Adventure

Lion Adventure

Tiger Adventure

Pullein, Christine Pony Patrol

Remargue, Erich All Quiet on the Western Front

Rice, Grantland The Tumult and the Shouting

Roberts, Kenneth Arundel

Northwest Passage

Oliver Wisewell

Rabble in Arms

Rosemary, Sutcliffe The Latern Bearers

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter series

Ryan, Cornelius The Longest Day

Sandburg, Carl Abe Lincoln Grows Up

Sayers, Dorothy Murder Must Advertise

The Nine Tailors

Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

Sewell, Anna Black Beauty

Steinbeck, John The Grapes of Wrath

Of Mice and Men

The Pearl

The Red Pony

Summer, Finola Double for Boys

Synge, John Millington Riders to the Sea

The Playboy of the Western World

Thompson, Diana The Boy and the Donkey

Tolkien, J. R. R. Lord of the Rings Series

Tolstoy, Leo War and Peace

Anna Karenina

Tregaskis, Richard Guadalcanal Diary

Tuchman, Barbara The Guns of August

The Zimmerman Telegraph

Turgenev, Ivan A Month in the Country

Fathers and Sons

Waugh, Evelyn Brideshead Revisited

End of the Battle

A Handful of Dust


Black Mischief

Wells, H. G. The Invisible Man

The War of the Worlds

Wilde, Oscar The Importance of Being Ernest

Lady Windermere’s Fan

William, Tennesee The Glass Menagerie

Williamson, Henry Tarka the Otter

Wister, Owen The Virginian

Wren, Percival Beau Geste

Wodehouse, P. G. All About Jeeves

Laughing Gas

Louder and Funnier

Blandings Castle

Wouk, Herman The Caine Mutiny

Wyndham, John The Day of the Triffids

Zweig, Stefan Beware of Pity

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