UPDATE: We are pleased to announce that a number of new books have been added to the RRL. Look out for the 'NEW' symbol! *

Level G

Z for Zachariah  
  Robert C O'Brien
A riveting story of a young girl’s survival in the ravaged wastes of a nuclear-devastated world.

  Louis Sachar
In a remote juvenile detention centre the inmates are forced to dig holes in a dried-up lake bed. What are they looking for? Stanley Yelnats is the boy to find out.

A Gathering Light*  
  Jennifer Donnelly
A gifted girl whose family responsibilities are smothering her dream of becoming a writer finds herself entranced by the love letters of a murdered girl.

*Also titled A Northern Light

The Yearling  
  Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The touching story of Jody, who lives in the wild frontier forests and craves a companion. One day he finds a fawn, which opens up a new world of friendship.

The Owl Service  
  Alan Garner
An eerie tale of three young people, a legendary power and their struggle to break with their destiny.

The Philosophy Files  
  Stephen Law and Daniel Postgate
Should you eat meat? What is ‘real’ and how do you know? A fascinating book for budding philosophers that explores these questions and many more.

  Benjamin Zephaniah
A ne’er-do-well teenager falls in with the wrong crowd, with terrible consequences. Includes some strong language.

Madame Doubtfire  
  Anne Fine
A hilarious story in which an out-of-work actor dad takes on his greatest role in order to spend more time with his three children.

  Stephenie Meyer
In this vampire romance, Bella thinks that moving to a dreary town can only lead to a boring life. But then she meets the alluring Edward and her life changes in exciting, and terrifying, ways.

The Snake Scientist (Scientists in the Field)  
  Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop
Imagine 18,000 snakes writhing in a pit somewhere in the Canadian wilderness. Most people would run a mile, but not these intrepid scientists.

The Old Man and the Sea  
  Ernest Hemingway
The magnificent story of an old fisherman, a young boy and a huge marlin in an epic battle for survival off the coast of Cuba.

The Recruit (CHERUB)  
  Robert Muchamore
The exciting story of orphaned tearaway James as he battles to join CHERUB, Britain’s top secret spy agency for kids. Contains adult themes.

The Ghost of Thomas Kempe  
  Penelope Lively
James is haunted by a mischievous seventeenth-century sorcerer who wants a new apprentice. How can he satisfy the ghost and stop it from getting him into trouble?

  Neal Shusterman
In a future without natural death, apprentice scythes Citra and Rowan keep the population in check. But failure to take lives may result in the loss of their own. Contains adult themes.

Goodnight Mister Tom  
  Michelle Magorian
A heart-warming tale about Willie Beech, a sad, deprived inner-city child who is evacuated from a soon-to-be-bombed London to the quiet British countryside.

  Neil Gaiman
Coraline steps through a door and into a strange mirror reality. This creepy tale pits her against her horribly possessive, button-eyed ‘other’ parents. Can she escape back to her own world?

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events)  
  Lemony Snicket
The Baudelaire children suddenly find themselves orphaned and placed under the care of their distant relative, the eccentric, and possibly murderous, Count Olaf.

The Giver  
  Lois Lowry
In a future where ‘sameness’ is everything Jonas is chosen to become the new ‘Receiver of Memory’. But as the memories are given to him, he learns the horrible truth about his ‘perfect’ society.

Chinese Cinderella  
  Adeline Yen Mah
In this heart-rending tale, set in turbulent 1940s China, Adeline Yen Mah, shunned by her family, struggles to gain acceptance against all the odds.

Tales of the Greek Heroes  
  Roger Lancelyn Green
This great book retells the extraordinary exploits of the heroes and gods of ancient Greece, such as Theseus’s battle with the Minotaur and the adventures of Jason and the Argonauts.

The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition  
  Anne Frank
A life-affirming tale of survival against the inhumanity of Nazi rule, as told through the engaging words of a vivacious teenager.

Boy: Tales of Childhood  
  Roald Dahl
One of the world’s best-loved children’s writers tells the fascinating, often painful, story of his own boyhood with warmth and humour.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry  
  Mildred D Taylor
A young girl learns the painful truth about what it means to be African American in 1930s Mississippi.

The Call of the Wild  
  Jack London
The powerful story of Buck, a family dog who is abducted and forced into pulling sledges in the frozen, unforgiving wilds of gold rush-era Canada.

A Little History of the World  
  E H Gombrich
An engaging look at a fascinating subject: the development of human society, from cavemen to the Second World War. This is probably the best starter in world history.

  J Meade Falkner
In this wonderful swashbuckling adventure young John Trenchard falls in with local smugglers and finds himself an outlaw.

One Thousand and One Arabian Nights  
  Geraldine McCaughrean
Each day Shahrazad’s husband declares that this day will be her last, but she, quick-witted and beautiful, weaves fantastic tales that keep him enthralled night after night.

Tomorrow, When the War Began  
  John Marsden
The compelling first book in a series about a group of teenagers living on their wits in an occupied Australia. It deals with their friendships, losses and courage in the face of adversity.

Grand Canyon 
  Jason Chin
A wonderfully detailed look at the geology and ecology of the Grand Canyon. Follow a father and daughter as they explore this natural wonder and come into contact with a piece of living history.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer  
  Mark Twain
The entertaining story of Tom’s madcap capers with his friends in nineteenth-century Missouri.

* Please note that the implementation date for the revised RRL varies between regions. Both the latest edition and the 2017 edition are available on the 'Download the RRL' page.

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