The Gosling List

By The Goslings

What books would you recommend to someone else?

We are compiling a list of books that everyone should read before they leave school. They can be teen fiction, non-fiction, children’s fiction, short stories, picture books, autobiographies; there are no rules.

We’ve have already started to add our recommendations, including:

  • Harper Lee – To kill a mockingbird
  • J K Rowling – Harry Potter series
  • Frank Cottrell Bryce – Framed
  • David Almond – Skellig
  • Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – Good Omens

Mrs Macfadyen suggested everyone should get only one suggestion, and then added two dozen of her own. Mrs Millar has added Skallagrigg and other staff suggestions are in the comments. We’ve been touring the school asking staff and pupils for their opinions and we’ll post them all here eventually.

You can also add your own recommendations in the comments.

It’s already proving to be a good exercise. For instance, it turned out that no Gosling had ever read an Asterix book. Mrs Macfadyen was outraged and demanded we all read one immediately, which gave us a chance to sit down and read for a while.

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31 Responses to The Gosling List

  1. Hayley says:

    Mrs King
    Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

  2. Gemma says:

    Mrs Letham –
    Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien.

  3. Gemma says:

    Mr Krawczyk –
    The Rat-a-tat Mystery by Enid Blyton.

  4. Hayley says:

    Mrs Macfadyen
    The Historian by Elizabeth Costova
    Contains vampire librarians.
    Must find a copy.

  5. Gemma says:

    Mr Pegard –
    The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
    The Magus by John Fowles.

  6. Hayley says:

    Ian Rankin

  7. Hayley says:

    Mr Hare
    Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  8. Gemma says:

    Miss Steinert –
    Damian by Hermann Hesse

  9. Gemma says:

    Miss Campbell (History) –
    The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
    Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult.

  10. Hayley says:

    Mrs Campbell
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

  11. Gemma says:

    Mrs Mayer –
    Father Gariot by Balzac.

  12. Gemma says:

    Mr McKendrick –
    Topsy and Tim Go To The Hospital by Jean and Gareth Anderson.

  13. Hayley says:

    Mrs King
    Silas Marner by George Elliot

  14. Gemma says:

    Anonymous –
    A Disaffection by James Kelman.

  15. Gemma says:

    Anonymous –
    Any Books by Iain Banks.

  16. Hayley says:

    Mrs Fitzpatrick
    Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani

  17. Gemma says:

    Mrs Gallagher –
    Books by Agatha Christie and P.D James.

  18. Hayley says:

    Mrs Mullholland
    Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R. Tolkien

  19. Hayley says:

    Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

  20. Gemma says:

    Anonymous –
    The Elements of Fire by Brendan Graham.

  21. Hayley says:

    Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

  22. Gemma says:

    Anonymous –
    The Naked Jape by Jimmy Carr.

  23. Gemma says:

    Mrs Stemplis –
    Mother Russia by Robert Littell

  24. Hayley says:

    Mr Brogan
    Spider by James Patterson

  25. Hayley says:

    Mr Brogan
    Spider by Jame Patterson

  26. Gemma says:

    Anonymous –
    Eagle in the Snow by Wallace Breem.

  27. Hayley says:

    John Grisham

  28. Gemma says:

    Mr Smith –
    High Fidelity by Nick Hornby.

  29. Hayley says:

    Mrs Sinclair
    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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