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Reading and literacy

Accelerated Reader

We use the Accelerated Reader programme to encourage our students to read, covering both fiction and non-fiction titles and helping students to explore a wide range of written material.

The programme includes quick quizzes that help check and reinforce understanding.

EPA was the UK's first Master School, out of more than 4000 schools that use the Accelerated Reader approach.

EPA 50 Book Challenge

In addition to the Accelerated Reader programme, we are challenging students to read as many of our EPA 50 books as possible during their time at the academy.

The books have been selected by the academy to expand boundaries, enhance vocabulary, make students more knowledgeable and take them to the limits of their imagination.

Students can receive merit points for completing additional books:

  • 5 books – 10 merits
  • 15 books – 15merits
  • 25 books – 50 merits
  • 30 books – 70 merits
  • Full EPA 50 – 100 merits

Key Stage 3 book list

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 
Skellig by David Almond 
The Fire Eaters by David Almond 
Carrie's War by Nina Bawden 
Thief! by Malorie Blackman 
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne 
Whispers in the Graveyard by Theresa Breslin 
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 
Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgie Byng 
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko 
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce 
Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Seeing Stone by Kevin Crossley - Holland 
The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle
Small Changes for Stuart by Lissa Evans
Moonfleet by John Meade Falkner
How to Write Really Badly by Anne Fine
The More the Merrier by Anne Fine
The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Two Weeks with the Queen by Morris Gleitzman
Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding
The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Point Blanc by Anthony Horowitz
The Switch by Anthony Horowitz
Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney
A Dog Called Grk by Josh Lacey
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian
The Death Defying Pepper Roux by Geraldine McCaughrean
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
King of the Cloud Forests by Michael Morpurgo
My Friend Walter by Michael Morpurgo
Out of the Ashes by Michael Morpurgo
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
Shadow by Michael Morpurgo
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
The Other Side of Truth by Beverly Naidoo
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
Four Children and It by Edith Nesbit
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver
Spirit Walker by Michelle Paver
Johnny and the Bomb by Terry Pratchett
Nation by Terry Pratchett
The Firework – Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Witch Child by Celia Rees
Larklight by Philip Reeve
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Dog’s Don’t Tell Jokes by Louis Sachar
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathon Stroud
The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Creature of the Night by Kate Thompson
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 93/4 by Sue Townsend
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Mr. Stink by David Walliams
Ratburger by David Walliams
Four Children and It by Jacqueline Wilson
My Sister Jodie by Jacqueline Wilson
The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
Face by Benjamin Zephaniah
Refuge Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah

Key Stage 4 book list

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Attwood
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Attwood
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austin
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
Unheard Voices by Malorie Blackman
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë 
The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
Middlemarch by George Eliot
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Howards End by E. M. Forster
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
I'm the King of the Castle by Susan Hill
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Dubliners by James Joyce
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
Atonement by Ian McEwan
The Daydreamer by Ian McEwan
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer
New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Firesong by William Nicholson
Slaves of Mastery by William Nicholson
The Wind Singer by William Nicholson
Animal Farm by George Orwell
1984 by George Orwell
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Clockwork by Philip Pullman
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
Othello by William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson 
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Room 13 by Robert Swindells
Stone Cold by Robert Swindells
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
Oranges are not the only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak