Recommended books for upper KS2 (years 5-6)

With a touch of magic …
A Wizard of Earthsea Ursula K Le Guin
Wolf Brother series Michelle Paver
The Snow Spider Trilogy Jenny Nimmo
The Secret of Platform 13 Eva Ibbotson
Jinx trilogy Sage Blackwood
The Magic Thief Sara Prineas
Detective / Spy stories
Bubblegum Tree Alexander McCall Smith
The Bursting Balloons Mystery Alexander McCall-Smith
Laura Marlin Mysteries (Kidnap in the Caribbean) Lauren St John
Young Bond series Charlie Higson
Alex Ryder series Anthony Horowitz
Joshua files series M G Harris
The Adventures of the New Cut Gang Philip Pullman
Liar and Spy Rebecca Stead
The Magnificent Lizzie Brown series Vicki Lockwood
The Name of this Book is Secret and series Pseudonymous Bosch
Traces series Malcolm Rose
The Mysterious Benedict Society Trenton Lee Stewart
With a touch of history …
Eagle of the Ninth series Rosemary Sutcliff
Carrie’s War Nina Bawden
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit Judith Kerr
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Ed. Otto H Frank
Time Detectives series Terry Deary
Britannia: 100 Great Stories from British history Geraldine McCaughrean
Daedalus and Icarus Geraldine McCaughrean
Roman Mysteries Caroline Lawrence
Journey to the River Sea Eva Ibbotson
War Boy Michael Foreman
Tim Oliver Evacuee Tom Farrell
Hitler’s Canary Sandy Toksvig
Once and Then Morris Gleitzman
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Joan Aiken
War Horse Michael Morpurgo
Private Peaceful Michael Morpurgo
With a touch of fantasy…
Fly By Night Frances Hardinge
Twilight Robbery Frances Hardinge
The Lie Tree Frances Hardinge
The Sword in the Stone T H White
The Hobbit J R Tolkein
The Owl Service Alan Garner
Dragon Keeper Carole Wilkinson
Peter Pan J M Barrie
Wizard of Oz F Baum
The Phoenix and the Carpet E Nesbit
The Borrowers M Norton
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
Tom’s Midnight Garden Philippa Pearce
Artemis Fowl series Eoin Colfer
Skellig David Almond
Lion Boy Zizou Corder
Skulduggery Pleasant series Derek Landy
Shapeshifter series Ali Sparkes
Frozen in Time Ali Sparkes
The Dark is Rising series Susan Cooper
Toby Alone Timothee de Fombelle
The Hobbit J R R Tolkien
Tom’s Midnight Garden Philippa Pearce
The Northern Lights series Philip Pullman
The Last Wild series Piers Torday
Coraline Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman
Nation Terry Pratchett
Dragon Rider Cornelia Funke
Mortal Engines (Predator Cities series) Philip Reeve
Sabriel series Garth Nix
Animal stories
The River Singers Tom Moorhouse
The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
Just So Stories Rudyard Kipling
The Wolf Wilder Katherine Rundell
Watership Down Richard Adams
Wild Rescue series Jan Burchett
Warrior Cats series Erin Hunter
The White Giraffe and others Lauren St John
Dr Dolittle series Hugh Loftiing

Adventure stories

Holes Louis Sachar
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
The Railway Children E Nesbit
The Silver Sword Ian Serrailler
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
Boy Roald Dahl
Sport stories
Cool Michael Morpurgo
Boy Overboard Morris Gleitzman
Little Women Lousia May Alcott
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
Anne of Green Gables L M Montgomery
Black Beauty Anna Sewell
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
Little House on the Prairie series Laura Ingalls Wilder
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe, retold by Angela Wilkes
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift, retold by Beverly Birch
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
Island Nicky Singer
Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls
There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom Louis Sachar
The Diamond of Drury Lane Julia Golding
Homecoming Cynthia Voigt
A Bag of Marbles Joseph Joffo
Flour Babies Anne Fine
The Owl Tree Jenny Nimmo
Wonder R J Palacio
The Diddakoi Rumer Godden
Walter and Me Michael Morpurgo
Friend or Foe Michael Morpurgo
All Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea Michael Morpurgo
Mister Monday Garth Nix
Aquila Andrew Norris
Harry and the Wrinklies Alan Temperley
The Story of Tracy Beaker Jacqueline Wilson
Double Act Jacqueline Wilson
Vicky Angel Jacqueline Wilson
Journey to Jo’burg Beverley Naidoo
The Other Side of Truth Beverley Naidoo
Pig Heart Boy Malorie Blackman
Noughts and Crosses Malorie Blackman
Knife Edge Malorie Blackman
Framed Frank Cotterell Boyce
Millions Frank Cotterell Boyce
Homecoming Cynthia Voigt
Clockwork Philip Pullman