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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 - Douglas Adams
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott 
Skellig - David Almond 
The Fire Eaters - David Almond 
Carrie's War - Nina Bawden 
The Wizard of Oz - Frank L. Baum
Thief! - Malorie Blackman 
Five on a Treasure Island - Enid Blyton
A Bear Called Paddington - Michael Bond
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne 
Whispers in the Graveyard - Theresa Breslin 
The Bunker Diary - Kevin Brooks
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett 
Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism - Georgie Byng 
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll 
Al Capone Does My Shirts - Gennifer Choldenko 
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho 
Cosmic - Frank Cottrell Boyce 
Millions - Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Unforgotten Coat - Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
The Seeing Stone - Kevin Crossley - Holland 
Boy - Roald Dahl
The Spook’s Apprentice - Joseph Delaney
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
A Dog Called Grk - Josh Doder
A Greyhound of a Girl - Roddy Doyle
Small Change for Stuart - Lissa Evans
Moonfleet - John Meade Falkner
How to Write Really Badly - Anne Fine
The More the Merrier - Anne Fine
The Tulip Touch - Anne Fine
The Diary of Anne Frank - Anne Frank
Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
Inkheart - Cornelia Funke
The Thief Lord - Cornelia Funke
Coraline - Neil Gaiman
Once - Morris Gleitzman
Two Weeks with the Queen - Morris Gleitzman
Diamond of Drury Lane - Julia Golding
The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
The Midnight Zoo - Sonya Hartnett
Hoot - Carl Hiaasen
Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz
Point Blanc - Anthony Horowitz
The Switch - Anthony Horowitz
Journey to the River Sea - Eva Ibbotson
The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia - C.S. Lewis
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis
The Silver Chair - C.S. Lewis
The Horse and His Boy - C.S. Lewis
The Magician’s Nephew - C.S. Lewis
The Last Battle - C.S. Lewis
The Call of the Wild - Jack London
Goodnight Mr Tom - Michelle Magorian
The Death Defying Pepper Roux - Geraldine McCaughrean
Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery
Kensuke's Kingdom - Michael Morpurgo
King of the Cloud Forests - Michael Morpurgo
My Friend Walter - Michael Morpurgo
Out of the Ashes - Michael Morpurgo
Private Peaceful - Michael Morpurgo
Shadow - Michael Morpurgo
War Horse - Michael Morpurgo
The Other Side of Truth - Beverly Naidoo
The Ask and the Answer - Patrick Ness
The Railway Children - Edith Nesbit
The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness
Monsters of Men - Patrick Ness
Wolf Brother - Michelle Paver
Spirit Walker - Michelle Paver
Tom’s Midnight Garden - Philippa Pearce
Johnny and the Bomb - Terry Pratchett
Nation - Terry Pratchett
The Firework – Maker’s Daughter - Philip Pullman
The Ruby in the Smoke - Philip Pullman
Northern Lights - Philip Pullman
The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman
The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian - Rick Riordan
Witch Child - Celia Rees
Larklight - Philip Reeve
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets -  J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes - Louis Sachar
Holes - Louis Sachar
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat - Dave Shelton
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
Ballet Shoes - Noel Streatfeild
The Amulet of Samarkand - Jonathon Stroud
The Arrival - Shaun Tan
Creature of the Night - Kate Thompson
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Two Towers - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Return of the King - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ - Sue Townsend
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
Mr. Stink - David Walliams
Ratburger - David Walliams
The Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Four Children and It - Jacqueline Wilson
My Sister Jodie - Jacqueline Wilson
The Story of Tracy Beaker - Jacqueline Wilson
The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
Face - Benjamin Zephaniah
Refugee Boy - Benjamin Zephaniah

Key Stage 4 book list

The Blind Assassin - Margaret Attwood
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Attwood
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austin
Pride and Prejudice -  Jane Austin
The Wasp Factory - Ian Banks
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis de Bernières
Unheard Voices -  Malorie Blackman
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
The Thirty-Nine Steps - John Buchan
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Brontë  
The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer
The 4:50 from Paddington - Agatha Christie
City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare
City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
City of Glass - Cassandra Clare
Matched - Ally Condie
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Daniel Deronda - George Eliot
Middlemarch - George Eliot
The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot
Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Spies - Michael Frayn
Howard’s End - E. M. Forster    
A Passage to India - E. M. Forster
A Room with a View - E. M. Forster
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
The Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Brighton Rock - Graham Greene
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - Mark Haddon
Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy
Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
I'm the King of the Castle - Susan Hill
Les Misérables - Victor Hugo
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
The Dubliners - James Joyce
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce
Pigeon English - Stephen Kelman
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
The Shining - Stephen King
The Rainbow - D. H. Lawrence
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Cider with Rosie - Laurie Lee
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Frost and Starlight - Sarah J. Maas
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
Atonement - Ian McEwan
Enduring Love - Ian McEwan
Firesong - William Nicholson
Slaves of Mastery - William Nicholson
The Wind Singer - William Nicholson
Animal Farm - George Orwell
1984 - George Orwell
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Clockwork - Philip Pullman
Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
Blood Brothers - Willy Russell
Agent 21: Deadfall - Chris Ryan
Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
Hamlet - William Shakespeare
King Lear - William Shakespeare
Macbeth - William Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
Othello - William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Touching the Void - Joe Simpson
I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
East of Eden - John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson 
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Room 13 - Robert Swindells
Stone Cold - Robert Swindells
War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
The Colour Purple - Alice Walker
Oranges are not the only Fruit - Jeanette Winterson
Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak