The texts listed below are considered to be of literary merit and suitable for study at NCEA Level 3 and level 8 of the curriculum because they allow the students to respond critically:

Text Title
Text Author
Comment
The God of Small Things
Arundati Roy

Once Were Warriors
Alan Duff

Not Without my Daughter
Betty Mahmoudy

Mister Pip
Lloyd Jones
Teaching guide available
The Road
Cormack McCarthy
We used The Road for level 3 written text last year with two clsses success. The students found the style interesting and grappled with the characters. Many of them hadn't read anything post-apocalyptic so it was an eye-opener.i think, in some ways, they enjoyed studying what they percieved to be an 'adult book'. We are moving it to our year 12 extension programme this year as an experiment.
5 People You Meet In Heaven
Mitch Absolom
We used this successfully at Yr 12 - not enough for Yr13??
School Days
Tobias Wolfe

Angela's Ashes
Frank McCourt

Atonement
Ian McEwan

The Comfort Of Strangers
Ian McEwan

Enduring Love
Ian McEwan

Purple Hibiscus
Chimananda

My Fine Lady
Yolanda Joe

The New Girl
Emily Perkins
Experience of the three girls and their riends awaiting their exam results after year 13 in a stifling small town summer - (plenty of interesting male characters, too) beautifully written
The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath in the Bell Jar unless you are nervous about suicide issues. students i hvae used it with in the past thought it was the best approach! fabulous language. famously insightful
Kindred
Octavia Butler

The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Attwood

The Driftwood Seekers
D & D Bradley
a really great challenging NZ text. I did it with extension year 13 and they achieved very well with it. Lots of symbolism strong themes and characters. Intersting shifting narrative viewpoint and use of flashback/flashforward that gradually becomes clear.
1984
George Orwell

The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
It's a gritty and unusual book, with plenty of scope for exploring racism, sexism, power, manipulation, and language.
You Against Me

You against me is the 2011 Tomorrow When the War Began. But better. The writing is exceptional. The content challenging without the need for censorship.
Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro

A Long Way Gone
Ishmael Beah
We a trying A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah. We thought it might appeal to the boys. Then doing related texts on war, conflict and peace.
A Clockwork Orange
Antony Burgess

A Dangerous Vine
Barbara Ewing

A Farewell to Arms
Ernest Hemingway

A Gathering of Old Men
Ernest Gaines

A Handmaid’s Tale
Margaret Atwood

A Map of the World
Jane Hamilton

A Room With A View
E M Forster

A Thousand Splendid Suns
Khaled Hosseini

As I Lay Dying
William Faulkner

Beatrice and Virgil
Yann Martel

Birdsong
Sebastian Faulks

Black Swan Green
David Mitchell

Blindsight
Maurice Gee

Brave New World
Aldous Huxley

Briar Rose
Jane Yolen

Cat’s Eye
Margaret Atwood

Cloudstreet
Tim Winton

Cold Mountain
Charles Frazier

Cry The Beloved Country
Alan Paton

Emma
Jane Austen

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Jonathan Sarfan Foer

Fight Club
Chuck Palahniuk

Fugitive Pieces
Annie Michaels

Gallagher Girls
Ally Carter

Genesis
Bernard Beckett

How To Stop a Heart From Beating
Danielle Ballantyne

In My Father’s Den

Islands of Silence
Martin Booth

Jane Eyre
Charlotte Bronte

Maestro
Peter Goldsworthy

Mrs Dalloway

No Country For Old Men

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Ken Kesey

Owls Do Cry
Janet Frame

Perfume
Patrick Suskind

Persuasion
Jane Austen

Potiki
Patricia Grace

Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen

Room
Emma Donoghue

Satisfied With Nothing

Sense and Sensibility

Shades of Grey
Jasper Fforde

Slaughterhouse 5
Kurt Vonnegut

Small Island
Andrea Levy

Snow Falling on Cedars
David Gutterson

Sula

Surrender

Talking About O’Dwyer

Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Thomas Hardy

The Book Thief

The Color Purple

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Grass is Singing
Doris Lessing

The Great Gatsby
F Scott Fitzgerald

The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini

The Last Ride
Thomas Eidson

The Lovely Bones
Alice Sebold

The Messengers
Marcus Zusak

The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint
Brady Udall

The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver

The Power and the Glory
Graham Greene

The Outsider
Albert Camus

The Reader
Bernhard Schlink

The Shipping News
Annie Proulx

The Things They Carried
Tim O’Brien

The Wall
Jean Paul Satre

Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe

Triage
Scott Anderson

Whanau II
Witi Ihimaera

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?
Alan Duff

Wide Sargasso Sea
Jean Rhys

Wintergirls
Laurie Lalse Anderson

Wuthering Heights
Emily Bronte


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