Corpus Christi Literary Canon

The ‘Corpus Christi Literary Canon’ consists of a list of texts that you should aim to read before you leave school.

Some of these texts will be available in the school library and all of them will be available from any Cardiff Library. Some of these texts will be read in class, but you are expected to read most of them on your own.

Once you have completed a text, email a brief review to

Class Charts points will be given for each review received.

The list of texts will be reviewed throughout the year and some changes will be made. The most up-to-date list will always be available on the school website.

  1. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  2. The Famous Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton
  3. Danny, Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  5. BFG by Roald Dahl
  6. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  7. The Twits by Roald Dahl
  8. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  9. Fantastic Mr Fox by Rolad Dahl
  10. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  11. The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams
  12. Charlotte’s Web by E.B White
  13. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  14. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
  15. The Story of Tracey Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
  16. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  17. Skellig by David Almond
  18. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  19. The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
  20. Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden
  21. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  22. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  23. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  24. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  25. Artemis Fowl by Eion Colfer
  26. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horrowitz
  27. Face by Benjamin Zephaniah
  28. Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
  29. Windrush Child- Benjamin Zephaniah
  30. Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
  31. The Owl Service by Alan Garner
  32. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  33. Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
  34. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  35. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  36. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rolwing
  37. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  38. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
  39. Wonder by R.J. Palacip
  40. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  41. The Diary of Anne Frank
  42. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  43. Stone Cold  by Robert Swindells
  44. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  45. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  46. About a Boy by Nick Hornby
  47. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  48. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
  49. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  50. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  51. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  52. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  53. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  54. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  55. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  56. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
  57. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  58. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  59. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  60. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  61. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  62. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  63. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  64.  Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
  65. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  66. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
  67. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  68. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  69. Heroes
  70. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  71. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  72. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  73. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  74. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  75. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  76. The Hobbit by JR Tolkien
  77. The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
  78. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  79. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  80. Dracula by Bram Stoker


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