“Read! In the name of your Lord who created…”
Surah Al-Alaq (96:1), Quran.
From amongst the very first words to be revealed from Allah to His servants, was the command to ‘read.’
The act of reading forms an integral part of everyone’s journey on the road to acquiring knowledge, both worldy and religious.
This is why, at Eternal Light, we hold a special weekly reading assembly; a time when the teachers and students collectively sit down, and take part in the shared experience of reading a book.
Students at Eternal Light are encouraged to use the school library as well as their local library to help broaden their knowledge and introduce themselves to different styles of writings.
In order to continue this activity, we are in urgent need of updating and improving the selection of books we have on offer to students, in our new school library.
We require approximately 150 books to replace some of our older books in the library. They should ideally be new, or if they are used, they should be in good condition. Paperback and Hardback are both accepted. Many of the books can be found on popular online sites such as amazon.
This appeal goes out to all our current and former students, parents and well-wishers of our school, to donate good quality, modern, interesting books which our students will benefit from.
The books should be a title from the list shown below, or a well-known and popular title that may not be listed! We are also looking for good quality non-fiction books which would be interesting and beneficial to our secondary aged students.
As you can see from our reading list, all the author’s are well known and established names in English Literature, and all the books are considered classics. There are at least two or three world renowned authors from Bradford on the list. See if you can spot them!
We have adopted the list from a compilation by teachers of secondary schools in the U.K., for students in Years 7 – 11.
|Title & Author|
|1984 by George Orwell||Face by Benjamin Zephaniah|
|To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee||When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr|
|Animal Farm by George Orwell||White Teeth by Zadie Smith|
|Lord of the Flies by William Golding||Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson|
|Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck||Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton|
|Danny, Champion of the World by Roald Dahl||Little Women by Louisa May Alcott|
|The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger||Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick|
|Great Expectations by Charles Dickens||I am David by Anne Holm|
|Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen||The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath|
|Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte||The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde|
|Brave New World by Aldous Huxley||V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd|
|Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte||The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck|
|Frankenstein by Mary Shelley||The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway|
|Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks||Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard|
|A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines||On the Road by Jack Kerouac|
|The Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien||The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy|
|The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald||A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce|
|The Book Thief by Markus Zusak||Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse|
|The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini||The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain|
|The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling||A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly|
|A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess||Heroes by Robert Cormier|
|A Passage to India by EM Forster||Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah|
|Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo||One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn|
|The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien||Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally|
|A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness||Forever by Judy Blume|
|Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain||Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin|
|Holes by Louis Sachar||Stone Cold by Robert Swindells|
|Catch-22 by Joseph Heller||A Time to Dance by Bernard MacLaverty|
|The Noughts and Crosses trilogy by Malorie Blackman||Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood|
|Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson||Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell|
|War Horse by Michael Morpurgo||The War of the Worlds by HG Wells|
|Atonement by Ian McEwan||The Tracy Beaker series by Jacqueline Wilson|
|The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins||Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson|
|His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman||Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson|
|Dracula by Bram Stoker||The Time Machine by HG Wells|
|Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury||Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee|
|A Room With a View by EM Forster||One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey|
|Beloved by Toni Morrison||Anita and Me by Meera Syal|
|Wonder by RJ Palacio||The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett|
|Emma by Jane Austen||Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne|
|Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift||Skellig by David Almond|
|Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngoxi Adichie||Life of Pi by Yann Martel|
|The Color Purple by Alice Walker||Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy|
|Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens||The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer|
|The Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle||A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift|
|Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro||My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell|
|The Fault In Our Stars by John Green||Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe|
|Dubliners by James Joyce||Brighton Rock by Graham Greene|