Recommended Reading List (Junior Cycle)


French Girl Series by Anna Adams

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Geek Girl series by Cindy C. Bennett

The Castle by Sophia Bennett

The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett



The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The Chocolate Box Girls series by Cathy Cassidy

Ruby Redford series by Lauren Child

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanna Collins

The Maze Runner series by James Dashner

Horrible Histories series by Terry Deary



The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Odd and the frost giants by Neil Gaiman

Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Paper Towns by John Green

Will Grayson, Will Greyson by John Green



The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

The Executioner's Daughter by Jane Hardstaff

Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf

The Outsiders by S.E Hinton

Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz



Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine

Chronicles of Narnia by C. S Lewis

The Twelfth Day of July by Joan Lingard

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo



Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’ Dell    

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

A Long Way from Chicago & A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins



Witch Child by Celia Rees

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan     

Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth        

Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

Holes by Louis Sachar

Vampire Rites Trilogy by Darren Shan

            A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg & Siobhan Curham



A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson

Lily Alone by Jaqueline Wilson 

Opal Plumstead by Jaqueline Wilson 

Green Glass Beads by Jaqueline Wilson 

Big Day Out by Jaqueline Wilson 

Queenie by Jaqueline Wilson 

Four Children and It by Jaqueline Wilson 

Paws and Whiskers by Jaqueline Wilson 

The Butterfly Club by Jaqueline Wilson 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


Bonus section!

Books Set in Ireland

Children of the Famine series by Marita Conlon-McKenna

The Island of Ghosts & The Coriander by Eilis Dillon

Across the Divide & Taking Sides by Brian Gallagher

The Gods And Their Machines by Oisín McGann

Amelia & No Peace for Amelia by Siobhan Parkinson

New Policeman Trilogy by Kate Thompson

The Guns of Easter and the Winter of Spies by Gerard Whelan