Putting up some tips of good reads for the upcoming break or even for the summer break. Reading English novels will help improve your vocabulary, general understanding and in some cases it may even give you more knowledge into different countries and their cultures. You also get to move at your own pace. Some of the books below are real classics.
Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
Danny Champion of the World tells the story of how Danny discovers a dark side to his dad William’s nature. After William breaks his ankle whilst pheasant poaching, Danny and William hatch a plot to get revenge on the owner of the estate Mr Hazell by feeding his pheasants sleeping tablets. All does not go quite to plan but in the end Danny, his father and their friends all get pheasant for tea and Danny is hailed, ‘Champion of the World.’
The Outsiders by S.E Hinton
This is the story of Ponyboy, a teenager involved in a gang. One night he and his friends go to see a movie. One thing leads to another and a fight is not far at hand. Once Ponyboy arrives at home again, his brother becomes upset because he is late and Ponyboy decides to run away from home. He suddenly has to face the rival gang yet again and this time one of the members gets killed. A court now has to decide whether Ponyboy is guilty or not.
Peter Pan by J.M Barrie
Every night Peter visits the Darling family house and listens to Mrs. Darling tell bedtime stories. One evening, they see Peter trying to escape. As he tries to run away, he loses his shadow. He wakes up the daughter of the house, Wendy Darling. Wendy helps him attach his shadow to his body again. Peter invites Wendy and her brothers to go back to Neverland with him, to stay with the Lost Boys. After many an adventure, Wendy decides she wants to go back to live with her parents again but Peter doesn’t want her to go.
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Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Tuesdays with Morrie is a memoir of the time that the author Mitch Albom spent visiting his dying former college professor. During their fourteen Tuesday visits Morrie Schwartz taught Mitch important lessons about the meaning of life and Mitch recounts the humour and wisdom of these and the dignity with which Morrie greets his final days.
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
Set in England during World War II, Goodnight Mister Tom is the story of an eight-year old boy, Wilie, who is evacuated to the country. There, he lives with an elderly recluse, Mister Tom, and despite initial hesitancy, they form a close frienship.
Wonder by R.J Palacio
Wonder tells the story of Auggie, a ten-year old born with a facial anomaly, who just wants to be ordinary. After being home-schooled his entire life, he is sent to a private school, where he endeavours to relate to his new classmates.
The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Set in Calcutta, India, in 1932, The Midnight Palace tells the tale of siblings Ben and Sheere, twins separated at birth, but whose paths cross on their sixteenth birthday.
Skellig by David Almond
Skellig is the story of Michael, a ten-year old boy who has recently moved to an old, dilapidated house with his family. With his parents preoccupied by his ill baby sister, Michael discovers in the garage a strange, fragile being, Skellig, whom he nurtures and befriends.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Inkheart is a fantasy novel that explores the story of a ten-year old girl, Meggie, who is ambitious, troublesome and an avid reader. Her life changes when she discovers that her father, a bookbinder, has the unique ability to bring book characters to life when reading aloud.
The Door That Led To Where by Sally Gardner
Set in contemporary London, this novel is a time-travelling mystery that explores the life of A.J Flynn, a teenage boy who lives with his cruel, negligent mother. Upon attaining a job at a legal firm, Flynn discovers a mysterious key that opens a portal to 1830 London.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice tells the story of five unmarried sisters who navigate the social expectations of Regency England. The protagonist, Elisabeth Bennet, is a headstrong female who clashes with the arrogant and status-conscious Mr. Darcy.
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
The Book Thief is told from the perspective of Death. The story takes place in the fictional town of Molching, Germany, and follows the life of Liesel Meminger, a nine-year old girl living in World War II Germany, whose life is afflicted by tragedy.
And last but not least: The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger
Set in 1950s America, The Catcher In The Rye follows the coming-of age journey of Holden Caulfield. Holden is a rebellious seventeen-year old, having been expelled from his fourth school. Caulfield struggles to navigate and understand what he perceives as the “phoniness” of American society.