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 H

The Thirty-Nine Steps  
  John Buchan
In this relentless tale of murder, intrigue and mistaken identity the reader is taken from London to the Scottish countryside and back in a whirlwind of high adventure.

  Daphne du Maurier
The haunting mystery surrounding Rebecca’s death gradually unfolds, with devastating effect.

The Hobbit  
  J R R Tolkien
Hobbit Bilbo Baggins is dragged out of his comfortable hole into a world of adventure in a quest to steal the dragon Smaug’s treasure.

The Princess Bride  
  William Goldman
The spellbinding tale of beautiful Buttercup and heroic Westley. The pair seem destined for each other but murderers, giant wrestlers and insane princes constantly interfere.

Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori)  
  Lian Hearn
Takeo, the sole survivor of a massacre, is pursued by The Tribe for his special skills, until he meets the untouchable Kaede and realises his life is no longer his own.

So Much to Tell You  
  John Marsden
Given the task of writing a daily journal, fourteen-year-old Marina, whose traumatic past has robbed her of the power of speech, records her thoughts in this touching story.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind  
  William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
The incredible true story of a teenage genius who, with little money and few resources, devises an ingenious way to provide his Malawian village with electricity.

Of Mice and Men  
  John Steinbeck
In this brilliant story of life lived on the edge, the child-like Lennie and his streetwise companion George are penniless migrant workers in pursuit of their dreams.

The New Policeman  
  Kate Thompson
Everyone seems to be running out of time in JJ’s musical family, but nobody can work out why. Could Ireland’s ancient fairies have something to do with it?

  Robert Louis Stevenson
Young David Balfour, betrayed by his uncle, kidnapped and on his way to a life of slavery, survives a shipwreck and falls in with a desperate outlaw.

Cry, the Beloved Country  
  Alan Paton
This wonderful book, set in a country ripped apart by racial injustice, is the moving story of dignified Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo, who faces impossible odds in order to reunite his family.

Northern Lights* (His Dark Materials)  
  Philip Pullman
In this first novel of the trilogy Lyra and her dæmon overhear forbidden secrets that set them on a desperate chase to the icy Arctic wastes.

*Also titled The Golden Compass

A Kestrel for a Knave  
  Barry Hines
Billy, a bullied loner about to leave school with no qualifications, little hope for the future and no desire to work ‘down the pit’ has one special, perhaps unique, gift.

The Dark Is Rising (The Dark Is Rising Sequence)  
  Susan Cooper
Will, turning eleven, finds himself imbued with the power of the Old Ones and must defeat the magic of the Dark. This haunting fantasy is the second episode in the sequence.

Don’t Know Much about Geography  
  Kenneth C Davis
Told in a light-hearted, user-friendly style, this is an eye-opening look at the Earth from the big bang into the space age, via global warming and the oceans.

Charlotte Sometimes  
  Penelope Farmer
Charlotte and Clare board at the same school but live about forty years apart, and every other day they swap lives. In this magical tale the girls face their future and their past.

All Creatures Great and Small  
  James Herriot
This is James Herriot’s hilarious account of the ups and downs of life as a newly-qualified vet in the unforgiving, but beautiful, Yorkshire Dales.

A Wrinkle in Time  
  Madeleine L'Engle
When a mysterious stranger drops in, Meg and Charles find themselves involved in two life-changing events: a galactic battle between good and evil and a quest to save their own family.

Coal: A Human History  
  Barbara Freese
From jewellery to the fuel of the Industrial Revolution this black fossilised rock is bound into the very substance of civilisation. A fascinating look at this most dirty of subjects.

How I Live Now  
  Meg Rosoff
This is New Yorker Daisy’s tale of survival as she finds herself in a near-future Britain that has been occupied by a brutal foreign army. Contains adult themes.

The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy  
  Douglas Adams
When Arthur Dent’s planet, Earth, is demolished he is plunged into a universe of paranoid androids, translating fish and the impossibly named Improbability Drive.

Cool Architecture
  Simon Armstrong
This fact-packed, incredibly colourful book details the history of architecture, and will help you tell the difference between a Baroque building and a Bauhaus one!

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats  
  T S Eliot
Good cats, bad cats, magical cats, ordinary cats and many more beasts of the purring kind – lovingly penned short poems by a world-renowned poet.

A Little Piece of Ground  
  Elizabeth Laird
Twelve-year-old Palestinian Karim Aboudi lives for football. With friends, he finds and clears a piece of wasteland and, dodging curfews and tanks, enjoys his little piece of ground.

The Lost World  
  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Journalist Edward Malone and his intrepid companions trek through impenetrable Amazonian rainforest in search of a mysterious lost world.

Around the World in Eighty Days  
  Jules Verne
In this thrilling mix of adventure, exploration and a race against time Phileas Fogg attempts the impossible.

Little Women  
  Louisa M Alcott
The heart-warming tale of four sisters whose kindness and enthusiasm in the face of poverty and civil war inspire all who meet them.

Noughts and Crosses  
  Malorie Blackman
In this breathtaking romance Callum and Sephy have to come to terms with their divided world and deal with the choices that life has dealt them. Contains adult themes.

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World  
  Jennifer Armstrong
Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew set out in the Endurance, well-prepared and seemingly destined to reach the South Pole. But things don’t always go as planned.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?  
  Philip K Dick
Bounty hunter Rick Deckard hunts six murderous androids through the ruins of a devastated San Francisco in this thoughtful, dark thriller.

* 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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