[Some of these titles are suitable for Level 2.]

  • Animal farm by George Orwell
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • The bell jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  • Blindsight by Maurice Gee
  • The book thief by Markus Zusak
  • A brave new world by Aldous Huxley
  • Bulibasha : King of the Gypsies by Witi Ihimaera (NZ)
  • Captain Corelli's mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
  • Collected stories of Katherine Mansfield by Katherine Mansfield (NZ)
  • The color purple by Alice Walker
  • Cousins by Patricia Grace (NZ)
  • Cuckoo in the nest by Michelle Magorian - prejudice, parent/child relationships
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • A farewell to arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • Forgive me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
  • The girl in Times Square by Paulinna Simons
  • The god of small things by Arunhati Roy
  • The good thief by Hannah Tinti - abandoned, crime, growing up, belonging
  • The handmaid's tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The horse whisperer by Nicholas Evans - survival, rescue, courage
  • How to stop a heart from beating by Jackie Ballantyne (NZ)
  • Incendiary by Chris Cleave
  • The inferior by Peadar O'Guilin
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Jessica by Bryce Courtenay - justice
  • The kite runner by Khalid Hosseini
  • The knife of never letting go by Patrick Ness
  • The last child by John Hart - deception, neglect, abuse, hope
  • Let me sing you gentle songs by Linda Olsson (NZ)
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The lovely bones by Alice Sebold - murder
  • Lord of the flies by William Golding
  • Loving ways by Maurice Gee
  • Maps for lost lovers by Nadeem Aslam
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • The messenger by Markus Zusak
  • Mice by Gordon Reece - bullying, courage
  • Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
  • No country for old men by Cormac McCarthy
  • The notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  • Once were warriors by Alan Duff (NZ) - violence, domestic abuse, regret
  • One flew over the cuckoo's nest by Ken Kesey
  • Out of shadows by Jason Wallace - bullying, racism, friendship, violence
  • Owls do cry by Janet Frame (NZ)
  • Perfume : the story of a murderer by Patrick Suskind
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • The piano tuner by Daniel Mason
  • The poisonwood bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Potiki by Patricia Grace (NZ)
  • The power of one by Bryce Courtenay - survival, belonging, courage, prejudice
  • Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Purple hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Redemption blues by Tim Griggs - redemption, regret
  • Remember me by Derek Hanson
  • The road by Cormac McCarthy - dystopia, survival, hope
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • The secret life of bees by Sue Monk Kidd - prejudice, abuse, abandonment, belonging
  • Sense and sensibility by Jane Austen
  • The shipping news by Annie E Proulz
  • Sing you home by Jody Picoult - gay rights, marriage, divorce, relationships, family
  • Snow falling on cedars by David Guterson
  • The sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  • The stories of Katherine Mansfield by Katherine Mansfield (NZ)
  • Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
  • A swift pure cry by Siobhan Dowd - courage, redemption, family relationships
  • Tess of the D'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • The time traveler's wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Twelve by Nick McDonell
  • The weta shed by Brian Mossman (NZ) - child abuse, revenge, belonging
  • Whanau II by Witi Ihimaera (NZ)
  • What becomes of the broken hearted? by Alan Duff (NZ)
  • When the hipchicks went to war by Pamela Rushby
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Wuthering heights by Emily Bronte