The texts listed below are young adult fiction most suited to NCEA Level 1 and level 6 of the curriculum as they tend to be narrative driven with fairly obvious messages:

1.1 Extended Texts

Text Title
Text Author

Follow The Rabbit-Proof Fence
Doris Pilkington

Going Solo
Roald Dahl

John Hersey

Kinder Transport
Diane Samuels

Mihi Edwards

Elie Wiesel

Not Without My Daughter
Betty Mahmoody

The Blind Side
Michael Lewis

Touching The Void
Joe Simpson


A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove
James Maloney

Against the Odds
Matt Te Pou

A Kind of Loving
Stan Barstow

Animal Farm
George Orwell

An Ocean in Iowa
Peter Hedges

Black Like Me
John Howard Griffin

Blue Feather
Gary Crew

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Graphic Novel)

Children of the Dust
Louise Lawrence

M T Anderson

Finding Grace
Alyssa Brugman

Fighting Ruben Wolfe
Markus Zusak

I Coriander
Sally Gardner

I Heard the Owl Call My Name
Margaret Craven

Island of Shattered Dreams
Chantel T Spitz

Bernard Beckett

Kidnap of Jessie Parker
William Taylor

Kit’s Wilderness
David Almond

Bernard Beckett

Letters from the Inside
John Marsden

Jesse Martin

Looking for Alibrandi
Melina Marchetta

Montana 1948
Larry Watson

Patricia Grace

Northern Lights
Philip Pullman

Noughts and Crosses
Malorie Blackman

Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck

Orchard Street
Maurice Gee

Out Walked Mel
Paula Boock

Joanna Irwin

Peeling the Onion
Wendy Orr

Vikas Swarup

Red Cliff
Bernard Beckett

Red Dog in Bandit Country
Fleur Beale

Red Necklace
Sally Garnder

Sheryl Jordan

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Mildred Taylor

Shadow Waters
Inna Furey

Zana Mushen

State Ward
Alan Duff

Strange Objects
Gary Crew

Sumitra’s Story
Rukshana Smith

Talking in Whispers
James Watson

Edward Bloor

Victor Kelleher

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas
John Boyne

The Chocolate War
Robert Cormier

The Conch Bearer
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Mark Haddon

The Fat Man
Maurice Gee

The Giver
Lois Lowry

The Highest Tide
Jim Lynch

The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins

The Outlanders
Margaret Beames

The Pearl
John Steinbeck

The Running Man
Richard Bachman

The Ten PM Question
Kate de Goldi

The Wave
Morton Rhue

The Whole of the Moon
Duncan Stuart

This Boy’s Life
Tobias Wolfe

Thunder Road
Ted Dawe

Tomorrow When The War Began
John Marsden

Neil Shustiman

Violence 101
Denis Wright

Water in the Blood
Alan Bunn

Whale Rider
Witi Ihimaera

Women for Walking
Witi Ihimaera

Z For Zachariah
Robert C O’Brien


An Inspector Calls
J B Priestley

A Streetcar Named Desire
Tennessee Williams

Grace - Pat Spillane


Niu Sila
Dave Armstrong and Oscar Kightley
Romeo and Juliet

Pat Spillane

The Pohutukawa Tree
Bruce Mason

The Tempest

Twelfth Night

Twelve Angry Men
Reginald Rose

1.1 Short Texts


Maya Angelou

Billy Collins

Ruth Dallas

Carol Ann Duffy

Sia Figiel

Seamus Heaney

Sam Hunt

Selina Tusitala Marsh

Apirana Taylor

Hone Tuwhare

Short Stories

Roald Dahl

Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes

Patricia Grace

Witi Ihimaera
Pounamu Pounamu&others

Graham Lay

Doris Lessing

Owen Marshall

Like Wallpaper
Carl Nixon

Frank Sargeson

Apirana Taylor

Visual Texts – Teachers will need to check the Censor’s rating for the following texts to ensure they follow the law. This web address will help:
About a Boy


Bend it Like Beckham

Billy Elliot

Bowling for Columbine



Coach Carter

Dark Knight

Dead Poets’ Society

Field of Dreams

Forrest Gump

Freedom Writer’s Diary

Goodnight and Good Luck

In Pursuit of Happyness

Into the Wild



M*A*S*H series

Mean Creek

October Sky

O Tamaiti (Short Film)

Purely Belter

Remember the Titans

Rabbit Proof Fence

Romeo and Juliet

Secondhand Wedding

Slumdog Millionaire

Spider Man

Stand By Me

Strictly Ballroom

Ten Things I Hate About You

The Basketball Diaries

The Blind Side

The Breakfast Club

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Hurricane

The Power of One

The Sapphires

The Strength of Water (NZ)

The Truman Show

The War Horse

The World’s Fastest Indian

Tomorrow When the War Began

Touching The Void

V For Vendetta

Walk the Line

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?

Short Stories

Raymond Carver

Kate Chopin

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
F Scott Fitzgerald

Janet Frame

Patricia Grace

Witi Ihimaera

Katherine Mansfield

Owen Marshall

Arrangement in Black and White
Dorothy Parker

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