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Dive into a great read this summer


The summer holiday is finally here - time to relax and have fun! With no school or homework to think about, the number of ways in which you can spend your new-found freedom is endless. But how much of your downtime will centre around Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter?

Ditch the electronic devices and pick up a good book instead! There’s a different reading genre for everybody, and whether your taste lies in fantasy, romance, mystery, or horror, there are plenty of novels out there that are bound to spark your imagination.

 With so many great reads to choose from, we’ve selected 3 titles from our GCSE English Literature specification and 3 titles from our GCSE Welsh Literature specification – these captivating stories feature unforgettable characters, that will grab your attention from the very first page.

  1. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    “During an unnamed time of war, a plane carrying a group of British schoolboys is shot down over the Pacific. The pilot of the plane is killed, but many of the boys survive the crash and find themselves deserted on an uninhabited island, where they are alone without adult supervision.”

  1. About a Boy by Nick Hornby
    “At thirty-six, he's single, child-free, goes to the right clubs and knows which trainers to wear. He's also found a great way to score with women: attend single parents' groups full of available (and grateful) mothers, all hoping to meet a ‘Nice Guy’. Which is how Will meets Marcus, the oldest twelve-year-old on the planet. Marcus is a bit strange: he listens to Joni Mitchell and Mozart, looks after his mum and has never owned a pair of trainers. But Marcus latches on to Will - and won't let go. Can Will teach Marcus how to grow up cool? And can Marcus help Will just to grow up?”


  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    “Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man's struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.”


  1. Diffodd y Sêr by Haf Llewelyn
    “Ellis has to become a soldier, like dozens of other young men from the Trawsfynydd area, during the First World War. But Anni looks up at the stars each night and wishes that her brother could come home to Yr Ysgwrn, especially after seeing the terrible effect the fighting has had on the father of her best friend. A special prize is waiting for Ellis if he returns home safely ...”


  1. Y Stafell Ddirgel by Marion Eames
    “Rowland Ellis becomes a Quaker because of the influence of a neighbour, but his wife does not share his religious beliefs. Following her death, he marries a sympathetic cousin. He is betrayed to the authorities by a servant he has dismissed, who claims to have seen a room in the house, containing objects of Catholic worship. Ellis and his fellow Quakers are imprisoned and illegally condemned to death.”


  1. Y Dylluan Wen by Angharad Jones
    “Martha arrives at Y Llan via train, a small town, situated deep in North Wales where she grew up. Travelling from Ireland, Martha stays with the local primary school's headmaster, Ifor Preis and his wife, Meri. Although claiming to return to her home-town of Llan for the sake of coming home, she comes seeking vengeance.”


Why not take a trip to your local library and see what books they have in stock? A whole new world awaits! 

What do you think of our suggestions? What’s on your summer reading list?
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