LEVEL ONE:

FICTION titles & theme suggestions

  • Abomination by Robert Swindells - families,sects, abuse
  • The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie - racism, alcoholism, family relationships, ambition
  • Acid by Emma Pass
  • Across the nightingale floor by Lian Hearn - loyalty, survival, ambition
  • Against the storm by Gaye Hicyilmaz - poverty
  • Alone on a wide wide sea by Michael Morpurgo - orphans, hardships, survival
  • Animal farm by George Orwell - corruption
  • Big game by Dan Smith - survival, terrorism
  • Bootleg by Alex Shearer - political control, health education
  • Boy 21 by Matthew Quick
  • The boy in striped pyjamas by John Boyne - war victims
  • The bridge by Jane Higgins (NZ) - future, friendship, war
  • The car by Gary Paulsen
  • Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson - slavery, abuse
  • Chalkline by Jane Mitchell - child soldiers, voilence
  • Chinese cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
  • The chocolate war : a novel by Robert Cormier - bullying
  • Coming home by Gaye Hicyilmaz - political crimes, family
  • The crossing by Mandy Hager (NZ) - social control, survival, deception
  • Cuckoo in the nest by Michelle Magorian - prejudice, family
  • Curious incident of the dog in the night time by Mark Haddon - disability, autism, family relationships
  • Daughter of smoke and bone by Lani Taylor
  • Drum, girls & dangerous pie by Jordan Sonnenblick - family relationships
  • Edge of nowhere by John E Smelcer - survival
  • Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin - afterlife
  • The fault in our stars by John Green - terminal illness
  • Feed by M.T. Anderson - heroes, control
  • Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Marcus Zusak - family relations, survival
  • Further back than zero by Fleur Beale (NZ) - alcohol, teenagers
  • Gangsta rap by Benjamin Zephania - music, gangs
  • Genesis by Bernard Beckett (NZ) - future
  • The giver by Lois Lowry - individuality, social control
  • Gulf by Robert Westall - war
  • Havoc by Jane Higgins (NZ) - future, survival, war
  • The heaven shop by Deborah Ellis - orphans, disease
  • Hell Island by Mathew Reilly
  • How I live now by Meg Rosoff - family relations, war victims
  • I am David by Anne Holm - survival, refugees
  • I am not Esther by Fleur Beale (NZ) - cults, religion, families
  • If I stay by Gayle Forman - death, family, love, choices
  • Jolt by Bernard Beckett (NZ) - survival, revenge
  • Krystna's story by Halina Ogonowska-Coats
  • Letters from the coffin-trenches by Ken Catran - letters, war
  • Letters from the inside by John Marsden - family life, letters, friendship
  • Lester by Bernard Beckett (NZ) - prejudice
  • A little piece of ground by Elizabeth Laird - belonging
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green - relationships
  • Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta - family relationships
  • Lord of the flies by William Golding (Level 1 or 2) - survival, human behaviour
  • Love, Charlie Mike by Kate de Goldi (NZ) - family, love story
  • Mutuwhenua by Patricia Grace (NZ) - women
  • My sisters keeper by Jodie Picoult
  • The name of the game by David Hill (NZ) - segregation
  • A necklace of souls by R.L. Stedman (NZ)
  • Noughts and crosses by Malorie Blackman - prejudice
  • Of mice and men by John Steinbeck - disabilities
  • Orchard Street by Maurice Gee (NZ) - relationships, strikes & lockouts, community life
  • On the Jellicoe road by Melina Marchetta - homeless, friendships,
  • The other side of truth by Beverley Naidoo - courage, family
  • The outsiders by S.E. Hinton - gangs, family relations
  • Owl by Joanna Orwin (NZ)
  • Paper towns by John Green - coming of age
  • Parvana (series) by Deborah Ellis - abandonment, survival, belonging, violence
  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
  • The raging quiet by Sheryl Jordan (NZ) - Tolerance, abuse, prejudice, disability
  • Red cliff by Bernard Beckett (NZ) - prejudice, heroes
  • The red necklace: a story of the French Revolution by Sally Gardner - war
  • Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
  • Rocco by Sherryl Jordan (NZ) - relationships
  • Roll of thunder, hear my cry by Mildred Taylor - civil rights, prejudice
  • Sleepwalking by Nicola Morgan - brain-washing, good & evil
  • A small free kiss in the dark by Glenda Millard - war, family, alienation
  • Small holes in the silence : short stories by Patricia Grace (NZ, short stories)
  • Smashed by Mandy Hager - friendship, loyalty, violence
  • Sold by Patricia McCormick - children, prostitution, social conditions
  • Tamar by Mal Peet
  • The 10pm question by Kate de Goldi - anxiety, families, individuality
  • Ten things I hate about me by Randa Abdel-Fattah - families, friendship, prejudice
  • The trap by John E Smelcer - survival
  • Thunder road by Ted Dawe (NZ) - crime, loyalty
  • Twilight by Stephanie Meyer - supernatural, romance
  • To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee (Level 1 or 2) - racism
  • Tomorrow, when the war began by John Marsden - survival, war
  • We were liars by E. Lockhart - family relations, friendships
  • The whale rider by Witi Ihimaera (NZ) - women, family relations
  • What I saw and how I lied by Judy Blundell - coming of age, family relations
  • The whole of the moon by Duncan Stuart (NZ) - terminal illness
  • Wilderness by Roddy Doyle - family relations


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