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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
Sherman Alexie

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Mark Haddon

Coming Back
David Hill
Would suit the theme of 'teenage angst / challenges faced by teenagers' The theme of choices or decisions.
Ten Things I Hate About Me
Randa Abdel Fattah

Letters from the Coffin Trenches
Ken Catran

Montana 1948
Larry Watson

The Running Man
Michael Gerard Bauer

The Raging Quiet
Sherryl Jordan

Tomorrow when the War Began
John Marsden

Letters from the Inside
John Marsden

Out on the Edge
Anna MacKenzie

A Child Called It
Dave Pelzer
Place this in non-fiction list, I think Night by Elie Weisel is another... - there could be others
Gangsta Rap
Benjamin Zephania

Night
Elie Wiesel

Genesis
Berbard Beckett

Feed
M.T. Anderson

Private Peaceful
Michael Morpurgo

Across the Nightingale Floor
Lian Hearn

Destroying Avalon
Kate McCaffrey

The Simple Gift
Stephen Herrick

Noughts and Crosses
Malorie Blackman

The Bluest Eye
Toni Morrison

Swim the Fly
Don Calame
Brilliantly funny... but read first to check suitability.
Going Bovine

The promo said if you liked Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, you’ll love this book. I do and I didn’t but still, I couldn’t put it down. I should have known from the beginning there was no happy ending: the back cover blurb tells me the main character has the incurable mad cow’s disease.
Wintergirls
Laurie Halse Anderson
The book which I’m passing around my senior students. I’m giving it to my friends. I’m recommending it to the creative writing class I teach. Why? Firstly, the innovative and quirky writing.
To Kill A Mockingbird


Animal Farm


In the Name of the Father


Of Mice and Men

On the theme of choices or decisions. George's decision to shoot Lennie if you wanted something tried and true.
Water in the Blood
Alan Bunn

Looking for Alibrandi


Walking Naked


Gathering Light


Thousand Splendid Suns


A Cup of Tea
Mansfield

My Sister's Keeper


The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
High student interest and wide range of themes to explore.
Jolt
Bernard Beckett

Trash
Andy Mulligan
Better suited to Year 9!
Kid scavenges for a living through the rubbish dumps of Manila finding cash and corruption. A hoot.
Night
Elie Wiesel
I was surprised at how my Year 11 boys (quite a mixed level class) liked and understood Night by Elie Wiesel. Seem to have done okay, too, with some nice surprise M's and E's. Externals in the lap of the gods, and all that ... grain of salt ...
The Fall of the House of Usher
Poe
The characters have many of the characteristics of vampires. My Year 12s have liked studying it once we get underway but it does take a little prompting.
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

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

Kidnap of Jessie Parker
William Taylor

Kit’s Wilderness
David Almond

Lester
Bernard Beckett

Lionheart
Jesse Martin

Mutuwhenua
Patricia Grace

Northern Lights
Philip Pullman

Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck

Orchard Street
Maurice Gee

Out Walked Mel
Paula Boock

Owl
Joanna Irwin

Peeling the Onion
Wendy Orr

Q+A
Vikas Swarup

Red Cliff
Bernard Beckett

Red Dog in Bandit Country
Fleur Beale

Red Necklace
Sally Garnder

Rocco
Sheryl Jordan

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Mildred Taylor

Shadow Waters
Inna Furey

Sold
Zana Mushen

State Ward
Alan Duff

Strange Objects
Gary Crew

Sumitra’s Story
Rukshana Smith

Talking in Whispers
James Watson

Tangerine
Edward Bloor

Taronga
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 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

Unwind
Neil Shustiman

Violence 101
Denis Wright

Whale Rider
Witi Ihimaera

Women for Walking
Witi Ihimaera

Z For Zachariah
Robert C O’Brien

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