The following are book recommendations for Senior Cycle level students (4th to 6th Year).
Foster by Claire Keegan
A child is taken by her father to live with relatives on a farm, not knowing when or if she will be brought home again. In the Kinsellas' house, she finds an affection and warmth she has not known.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
A surreal read packed with tension and fantastic imagery. The main character Coraline gets trapped in a parallel world on the other side of her sitting- room wall.
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
The classic bestseller behind this year’s biggest movie, this film tie-in edition features the complete story of Bilbo Baggins’ adventures in Middle-earth.
Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah by Erin Lange
Sam’s used to hiding her personality and scars under her grubby hat, but when she finds herself fleeing an accident in a stolen police car along with three of her classmates she’s forced to reveal her true self.
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
A story about a Jewish girl who befriends a young man in hiding. Narrated by Death and set in Nazi Germany.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
“Space is big. You won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.”
Brooklyn - Colm Tóibín
The story of a young woman in rural Ireland who leaves the world she’s known and moves to Brooklyn, New York in the 1950s. Brooklyn is a story of identity, transformation and family ties.
Catcher in the Rye - J.D Salinger
Holden Caulfield is confused and alienated after being expelled from school so he takes a train to New York and wanders around aimlessly describing his encounters in his unique style.
The Hate You Give - Angie Thomas
“As we continue to fight the battle against police brutality and systemic racism in America, THE HATE U GIVE serves as a much-needed literary ramrod. Absolutely riveting!” — Jason Reynolds
I am Malala - Malala Yousafzai
“The Taliban could take our pens and books, but they couldn’t stop our minds from thinking.” An incredible true story of a young girl fighting for girls’ education.
For those who like a challenge:
- The Picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde
- Emma - Jane Austen
- 1984 - George Orwell
- The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
- Everything I Know About Love - Dolly Alderton
- Klara and the Sun - Kazuo Ishiguro
- Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
- Room - Emma Donoughe
- Wuthering Heights - Charlotte Bronte
- George Elliot - Silas Marner