Keep your brain working this summer but have some fun! Vanessa T has carefully crafted this list of the best summer reading for your family, across all ages!
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Joan Aiken. Gothic parody and an excellent introduction to more advanced vocabulary. Miss Slighcarp is a fantastic villain!
Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson. A gorgeous adventure into the Amazon, with an examination of what love is and what makes a mother.
Boy, Roald Dahl. An excellent introduction to the genre of autobiography, by an author well known for his children’s stories!
The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank. An autobiography that gives a personal insight into the horrors of the Second World War.
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee. Set in the American South, posing important questions about attitudes to race.
The Other Side of the Dale, Gervase Phinn. Deftly-written comedy by a school inspector, examining the pitfalls of trying to get children to behave!
All The Invisible Things, Orlagh Collins. Coming-of-age novel in which two teenagers, having been separated, try to work out if their friendship has survived.
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini. A story of redemption, bittersweet endings and redemption.
The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood. A dystopia for older readers, in which issues around gender and control are explored as well as common dystopian tropes.
Collected short stories by Roald Dahl – The Landlady, Lamb to the Slaughter and Mary and William are particularly good. Roald Dahl wrote stories for adults, too – dare you read…?
The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter. A collection of short, gothic stories, examining femininity, adulthood and transformation.
Small Island, Andrea Levy. A perfect ‘ensemble’ novel, mingling the stories of very different people and finding out how much they have in common.
Watchmen, Alan Moore. The seminal graphic novel that explores differing political attitudes, ethical positions and cold baked beans.