TOP BRITISH READS - 2013

THE GUARDIAN asked 2,000 UK schools to vote for their fave books of 2013. Here are their choices with reading information.


bookcover of GLASS HOUSES  Morganville Vampires Vol. 1   by Rachel CaineGLASS HOUSES
(Morganville Vampires Vol. 1)
by Rachel Caine

Claire Danvers is a brainy 16 year-old whose parents won't let her go away to school, so she ends up at a local college.  Turns out she might have been better off far away because the town of Morganville is filled with vampires and vampire killers.

Finding dorm life a bummer, Claire moves out to share a place with 3 buddies.  People she soon comes to love so fiercely that she face down vampires and bikers to keep them safe.

YA -- cursing, violence, mildly 'adult' situations

Reading Information:
Word Count: 76,278
Page Count: 256
Accelerated Reading level: 4.3 / points: 11.0
AR quiz: 128507
Lexile: 650L
--sample pages available


bookcover of HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABANHARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
(Harry Potter # 3)
by J.K. Rowling

This is the one which starts with Harry making horrible Aunt Marge into a gas-bag that floats away.  On other fronts, the horrible guards of Azkaban prison are called to protect the school when a mass murderer escapes.

Word Count: 106,821
Page Count: 448
Accelerated Reading level: 6.7 / points: 18.0
AR quiz: 32082
Lexile: 880L


bookcover of TWILIGHT (book #1) by Stephenie MeyerTWILIGHT
(book #1)
by Stephanie Meyers

Squee!!!  (do I really need to say more)

Word Count: 118,975
Accelerated Reading level: 4.9 / points: 18.0
AR quiz: 101659
Lexile: 720L


bookcover of ALEX RIDER - CROCODILE TEARS  by Anthony HorowitzALEX RIDER - CROCODILE TEARS
(Alex Rider #8)
by Anthony Horowitz

A Guy-friendly read.

Alex is only 14 years-old, but he works for MI6, the British espionage group.  In this story an evil fake philanthropist creates disasters so he can steal the money sent in by people trying to help those who were afflicted. 

Word Count: 93,851
Page Count:  400
Accelerated Reading level: 5.4 / points: 14.0
AR quiz: 133870
Lexile: 740L


bookcover of THE DEAD GIRLS DANCE  by Rachel CaineTHE DEAD GIRLS DANCE
(Morganville Vampires #2)
by Rachel Caine

The Good: Claire has a new boyfriend.  The Bad: a local frat house is throwing a 'Dead Girls Dance' party.

Word Count: 76,244
Page Count: 256
Accelerated Reading level: 4.4 / points: 11.0
AR quiz: 137525
Lexile: 630L


bookcover of The Ugly Truth (Wimpy Kid #5)by Jeff KinneyTHE UGLY TRUTH
(Diary of a Wimpy Kid #5)
by Jeff Kinney

Greg and Rowley fight, and his family tells him stop being such a slacker. Sample pages available.

Word Count: 18,979
Page Count: 224
Accelerated Reading level: 5.5 / points: 3.0
AR quiz: 140879


bookcover of HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE  by J. K. RowlingHARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE
(Harry Potter # 4)
by J.K. Rowling

Harry struggles with growing up. Viktor Krum's crush on Hermione. Harry stinks badges, and Quidditch!

Word Count: 190,858
Page Count: 752
Accelerated Reading level: 6.8 / points: 32.0
AR quiz: 40670
Lexile: 880L


bookcover of MATES, DATES & SOLE SURVIVORS  by Cathy HopkinsMATES, DATES AND SOLE SURVIVORS
(Truth Dare Kiss Or Promise #5)
by Cathy Hopkins

Everybody has a boyfriend except Lucy, and since she put Tony on the back burner he’s found someone else. Then on a spa weekend with Izzie, Lucy meets someone who seems just right. And he feels the same way about her. But after a while, she starts to feel smothered. Can someone love you too much? Maybe the life of a singleton isn’t so bad after all.

No reading info.  The rest of the series is at AR 4 levels.
Page Count:176


bookcover of SURVIVAL by Chris RyanSURVIVAL
(Alpha Force #1) [Import]
 by Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan was an SAS officer before becoming an adult, and now YA author.  

In this first book in the Alpha Force series, five kids --- Alex, Li, Paulo, Hex and Amber -- become shipwrecked on a desert island.  Facing komodo dragons, sharks and pirates forces them into a fighting unit.  

Readers will love the survival tips from a pro.

Page Count: 298
No reading info available at this time.


bookcover of BATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH  by Rick RiordanBATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH
(Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4)
by Rick Riordan

Great guy-friendly series.

In this book, time is running out as violence escalates towards all out war; and even Camp Half-Blood becomes vulnerable.  To stop Krono's army, Percy and his buddies must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth

Word Count: 85,079
Page Count: 384
Accelerated Reading level: 4.1 / points: 12.0
AR quiz: 122983
Lexile: 590L



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