Stories for older readers

Novels for older readers

Bend it Like Beckham
Narinder Dhami
Jess just wants to play football but her wedding-obsessed parents have other ideas. Jess and her friend Jules secretly join a ladies team and get spotted by a talent scout.

The Bread Winner
Deborah Ellis
In this novel set in war-torn Afghanistan, an 11-year-old girl named Parvana takes desperate measures to help her family survive.

Parvana's Journey
Deborah Ellis
Parvana, separated from the family and still disguising herself as a boy, struggles to survive in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.

Mud City
Deborah Ellis
Fourteen-year-old Shauzia dreams of making a new life in France, but with the terrible conditions of the Afghan refugee camp where she lives, the need to escape is all the more urgent.

Chain of Fire
Beverley Naidoo
School children Naledi and Tiro are caught up in protests and resistance as they and their grandmother are threatened with removal from their village.

Frances Mary Hendry
Chandra is looking forward to her arranged marriage - her new husband is open-minded and modern-thinking. When he dies shortly after their wedding, Chandra realizes that she is now the property of her husband's family who blame her for their son's death.

Chinese Cinderella  and the Secret Dragon society
Adeline Yeh Mah
Set in Shanghai, Chinese Cinderella takes refuge with her Grandma Wu after being thrown out of her home. With her martial-arts training, she leads the Chinese resistance movement against the Japanese army.

Cloud Bursting
Malorie Blackman
Sam doesn't want to be friends with Davey but one day Davey saves Sam's life and a bond is formed between them.

Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons
The story of Phllis Wheatley
Ann Rinaldi
A historical novel based on the story of Phillis Wheatley - the first African American female poet.

Hattori Hachi -The Revenge of Praying Mantis
Jane Prowse
When Hattie's mother disappears, her life is turned upside down. With her friend Mad Dog, Hattie discovers the truth about her mother's 'other life' and must defeat the army of Ninjutsu warriors, led by Praying Mantis.

Hero: the Toughest Girl in London
Catherine Johnson 
Hero's father has been taken away to be sent back to the slave plantation, and Hero has been forced to move in with cruel relations in the East End of London.

I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: the Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl
Joyce Hansen
Twelve-year-old Patsy keeps a diary of the time following the end of the Civil War and the granting of freedom to former slaves.

Bali Rai
Suky is still trying to fool her parents that Jit is her boyfriend instead of Imi. This means a family day out with her folks for Jit, whose patience is wearing thin.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Mildred D. Taylor
The Mississippi of the 1930s was a hard place for a black child to grow up in, but still Cassie didn't understand why farming his own land meant so much to her father.
Sold As Seen
Bali Rai
When Dean's brother lays his hands on some CD and mobile phones, Dean and Jit think it's only fair to share them with some special mates.

Sunita's Secret
Narinder Dhami
Sunita starts at her new school determined to hide her horrible secret. Class 'goddess' Celina soon becomes Sunita's arch-enemy and their classmates find out that Sunita's dad is a fraudster on the run.

The Village by the Sea
Anita Desai
Set in a small fishing village near Bombay, Lila and Hari struggle to keep the family going when their mother is ill and their father the worse for drink.

Web of Lies
Beverley Naidoo
Two years after their flight from Nigeria, 14-year-old Sade, her younger brother Femi and her father are living in a council flat in London waiting for their claim for asylum to be approved.