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The Adeyfield Academy

Year 9 Reading List



  • Where the Crawdads Sing‘ by Delia Owens



  • Brighton Rock’ Graham Greene
  • Catch 22’ Joseph Heller
  • Collected Poems’ Philip Larkin
  • Dracula’ Bram Stoker
  • Empire of the Sun’ J.G. Ballard
  • Frankenstein’ Mary Shelley
  • I Claudius’ Robert Graves
  • Shakespeare: The World as a Stage’ Bill Bryson
  • The Old Man and the Sea’ Ernest Hemingway
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich’ Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ Ken Kesey
  • Remains of the Day’ Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Burning Secret’ Stefan Zweig
  • The Classics Challenge: read at least three classic novels by writers like Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne, The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett over one year.
  • Short stories from America


  • Watch ‘The Code ’by Marcus Du Sautoy Part 1
  • Watch ‘The Imitation Game’, a film about Alan Turing.
  • ‘How to Bake Pi’ Eugenia Cheng
  • Mathway:
  • Try the free app ‘Photomaths’ 







Modern Foreign Languages 



Art and Textiles


Philosophy and Ethics

  • Watch Life and Death Row programme – BBC iPlayer. Consider how criminals should be punished? Should the death penalty ever be an option?
  • Read 'Never Let Me Go' by Kazuo Ishiguro and 'My Sister’s Keeper' by Jodi Picoult. Consider whether people should be allowed to choose the gender of their baby. Should people be forced to donate their organs when they die? Should we clone humans so we can use their organs to cure cancer victims? Watch Vera Drake. At what stage should the abortion of a foetus become illegal?
  • Watch 'A Short Stay in Switzerland'. Should euthanasia be made legal?
  • Read some of the introductory philosophy books on this reading list.






  • Black Snow’ by Mikhail Bulgakov



  • ‘Catch 22’  by Joseph Heller
  • ‘Freedom Writers’
  • Any books from the ‘#1 Ladies Detective Agency’ by Alexander McCall Smith
  • ‘First they Killed My Father’ by Luong Ung
  • The Persimmon Tree’ by Bryce Courtnay


Get in touch

Miss Sam Rogers, School Business Manager

Hemel Hempstead

(To request a paper copy, please contact our Administration Department on the contact details below)

(01442) 406020