The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse
Among many themes, this book articulates so clearly the grace, beauty and magic found in music.
- Stephen Davies, Primary Music Teacher
Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
I love this book because it describes a fabulous adventure and by the end I choose to believe the ‘imaginative’ version of events – escapism through stories!
- Linda Harding, Year 5 Class Teacher
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J K Rowling
Doesn’t everyone wish they could do magic? The final book in an incredible series that indulged my active imagination throughout school.
- Charlotte Rakowski, Primary Music Coordinator
Ender's Game, by Orson Scott-Card
Every time you read it you take something else from it, especially as you get older. On the surface, it's a young adult's sci-fi story about a little boy going to space but it touches on huge issues like the dangers of propaganda, family vs state, the depths of human psychology and destructive nature of humankind.
- Gemma Treeby, English Teacher
Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul
2B and I are huge fans of Winnie the Witch! We love Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul’s books because they are jam-packed full of magic and adventure!
- Danielle Leigh, Year 2 Class Teacher
The Troll by Julia Donaldson
A richly inventive, gloriously comic tale which I always love reading to my class!
- Ian Broadbent, Year 2 Class Teacher
Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
A great story of a young boy’s survival after he is marooned on a small island with only his dog, an old Japanese man, and a group of orang-utans for company.
- Jonathan Camm, Year 4 Class Teacher
Anna Karenina by Tolstoy
A beautiful, tragic, Russian love story.
- Katherine Temple, Head of Year 7
The Naughtiest Girl in the School by Enid Blyton
I would ready ANYTHING by Enid Blyton, but this one was always my favourite. I was always a really good child and couldn’t bear the idea of upsetting my parents or teachers, so I was very different to her in so many ways. I was very much attracted to her kind heart and thought for others. I liked the idea that we shared a name too!
- Beth Westwood, Year 5 Leader
The Power of One by Bryce Courtnay
It’s very well written with amazing descriptions of Africa’s landscapes and people.
- Vanessa Broadbent, Primary Literacy Coordinator
The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
I love Nordic crime authors and my favourite is Stieg Larsson's trilogy that began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Thrilling to the end.
- Charlotte Jessen, Primary Librarian
Hope for All The Flowers by Trina Paulus
Great Message about hope & flowers both of which are very important!
- Clive Harriot, Year 5 Class Teacher
The Way of The Peaceful Warrior by Dan McMillians
A very wordly book - great for teaching you about life.
- Tony Halalilo, PE Teacher
Empire of the Sun by J.G.Ballard
I like the book so much as it captures the mood of a pivotal time in Shanghai’s dynamic history and it’s still possible to wonder the streets/see the buildings of that era in the French Concession today.
- Daniel Grocott, Geography Teacher
Wumpus by Elleston Trevor
I loved this book partly because my father was very good at the voices and let us read his old copy of the book, but mostly because I too was very fond of fortiwinks and stroberijam.
- Helen McMullen, Year 1 Class Teacher
The Children's Book by AS Byatt
- Sue Smith, PA to the Principal
Utopia by Thomas More
Although it was written in the 16th century, many of its ideas could refer to any current society. It’s clever, it has influenced many other masterpieces and it is funny.
- Luz Navas, Spanish Teacher
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
It reminds me of being a kid again and chocolate!
- Martin Game, Head of Secondary Music
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
I love the way the author writes, It's an interesting book that is based on History, it is funny and has a fantastic range of human observations and emotions.
- Chris Share, Head of Secondary
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
A wonderfully atmospheric story with the best ending I've ever read - and they changed the ending when they made it into a terrible Will Smith film!
- Rus Ekkel, Media Teacher
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I read it for the first time together with my Dad when I was about 8yrs old. I had no idea what was really happening at the time, but all the battles and fantastical creatures really stuck with me.
- Toby Bate, Head of Science
Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
A rambling descriptive novel of fantastic world.
- Richard Restell, Publications Officer