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Our Book Bucket Lists are here to provide you with a selection of classic novels you have to read in your lifetime. From the best sci-fi and fantasy to must-read romantic fiction, these are the top books to add to your collection.

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Bucket List Books: Must Read Books

  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

    Rick Riordan

    Product Code: PJA2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    A previous winner of the Red House Children's Book Award, Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief was the first book in a thrilling fantasy series that has inspired two hit Hollywood films.

    Taking as its hero, the unlikely character of Percy, a troubled kid who has dyslexia and ADHD, the story rapidly moves from a school outing for mortals from the 21st century to a quest to reach the gates of the Underworld with a satyr and a daughter of Athena.

    Fast-paced fantasy and adventure that will appeal to children from 9+.
    • £2.00
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  • A Monster Calls

    Patrick Ness

    Product Code: MCX2
    Paperback 11 years +
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    The winner of both the Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012, Chaos Walking author Patrick Ness' A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel about the difficult subject of terminal illness and coming to terms with loss.

    Based on an idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, this is an unforgettable read. 'The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do...' is how the book begins, but it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. This monster is something different - something ancient and something wild.

    Now an acclaimed film starring Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson, A Monster Calls is a heartbreakingly beautiful read.
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  • The Book Thief

    Markus Zusak

    Product Code: MZA2
    Paperback 13 years +
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    Adapted into a film starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson, The Book Thief is a moving and breathtaking novel that young readers and adults will devour. This 10th anniversary edition contains exclusive material from the author, Markus Zusak.

    Set in 1939 Nazi Germany, the country holds its breath, waiting on the brink of war. Young Liesel's life is changed forever as she stands by her brother's grave and picks up The Gravedigger's Handbook from the snow, committing her first act of book thievery and changing her life forever...

    So follows her love affair with books in an increasingly dangerous time. When her foster family hide a Jewish boy in their basement her world is both opened up and shut down, but the power of words and the ability for books to feed the soul is explored and enjoyed by both youngsters.

    Superbly crafted and incredibly moving, children aged 11 and over simply must read this award-winning tale which has proved to be one of the most enduring and respected of recent times.
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  • Noughts & Crosses

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: NOU2
    Paperback 12 years +
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    Praised by Benjamin Zephaniah and widely regarded as one of the most inspiring and influential teen series of recent years, former Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses is a book that tackles prejudice, racism, distrust and terrorism.

    Sephy and Callum have been friends since they were both very young and despite their feelings for each other indicating they want something more, that's as far as it can go...

    However, romance cannot be stopped even in a world full of anger, division and separation. Their love story ends up leading them both into terrible danger...
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  • Wolf Hall

    Hilary Mantel

    Product Code: BPGDD
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    Written by Hilary Mantel, one of Britain's finest writers, Wolf Hall won the Man Booker Prize in 2009 and was adapted into a hugely popular BBC drama starring Mark Rylance, Claire Foy and Damian Lewis.

    Set during the Tudor period of 1500 to 1535, this expertly written novel follows Thomas Cromwell's rise to power and looks at how his influence spreads throughout politics.

    It features many famous characters from this time in history and shows how Tudor England was a tumultuous place full of passion and pain.
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  • The Catcher in the Rye

    JD Salinger

    Product Code: RYE2
    Paperback 13 years +
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    The Catcher in the Rye has an enduring attraction that puts it at the top of a must-read list for young adults. The cynical observations of J. D. Salinger's central character, Holden Caulfield, condemn the phony posturing and hypocrisy of those around him.

    Holden is driven by vague, unspecified angst and unhappiness and manages to get caught up in a series of uncomfortable encounters with a prostitute, her pimp, an old girlfriend and a former teacher.

    The Catcher in the Rye is as thought-provoking and compulsive as the conflicts of its central character. Recommended for readers 14+.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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  • Looking for Alaska

    John Green

    Product Code: LOA2
    Paperback 13 years +
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    In The Fault in Our Stars author John Green's Looking for Alaska, beautiful, charismatic Alaska is the girl who is the focus of attention for Miles Halter in this vivid coming-of-age novel.

    Miles has recently joined Culver Creek, a boarding school in Alabama, and his "one big non-event life" is suddenly enlivened with reckless school pranks, a hopeless, lust-filled crush on Alaska and illicit drinking and smoking with roommates.

    Winner of an American Library Association award, this novel is both funny and heartbreaking, and will resonate with young adult readers aged 14+.
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