Accelerated Reader - Upper Years

Widely used in schools, Accelerated Reader (see readforpleasure.co.uk) is a collection of books which have been assigned lexical age-ranging using the ATOS for Books measure, and had quizzes created to that students can demonstrate their reading ability and comprehension.

Books that are too easy for children don't give them the challenge they need to make progress. Books that are too complex frustrate them.

Accelerated Reader uses the computer-adaptive STAR Reading test to determine a student's reading age. Teachers get a wealth of feedback, and students are guided towards appropriate books. AR uses either the ATOS or Lexile® measures of text complexity to help children to select books of an appropriate level. This is their 'Zone of Proximal Development' (ZPD).

As children make progress with their reading skills, their ZPD broadens to encompass a wider range of literature.

The titles below have been quizzed for use in the Accelerated Reader programme, widely used in schools, and are considered appropriate to Upper Years readers. Select a range below to see titles deemed appropriate for other age levels


Accelerated Reader - Upper Years

  • The Cinnamon Tree

    The Cinnamon Tree

    A Novel Set in Africa

    By Aubrey Flegg

    Yola's leg is blown off by a landmine and her life in Africa is changed forever. She travels to Ireland for an artificial limb, and her adventures continue.

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  • Epic

    Epic

    By Conor Kostick

    #WELCOME TO EPIC: PRESS START TO PLAY#.

    On New Earth, Epic is not just a computer game, it's a matter of life and death. If you lose, you lose everything; if you win, the world is yours for the taking.

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    320
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  • Finding A Voice

    Finding A Voice

    Friendship is a Two-Way Street ...

    By Kim Hood

    Shortlisted for the Bookseller YA Prize 2015!

    Jo can’t tell anyone how hard it is living with her mentally ill mother. Chris literally has no way to speak at all.  Together, can they finally find their voices?

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  • The Harvest Tide Project

    The Harvest Tide Project

    By Oisín McGann

    Taya and Lorkrin must try to find a way to sabotage the Harvest Tide Project and avert the disaster it will unleash.

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  • Plain Jane

    Plain Jane

    When does being stuck become ... unstuck?

    By Kim Hood

    At nearly 16, Jane has lived in the shadow of her little sister Emma’s cancer diagnosis for over three years. Nobody really cares that her life is stuck in neutral; she is finding it difficult to care herself ...

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    304
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  • Queen of Coin and Whispers

    Queen of Coin and Whispers

    A kingdom of secrets and a game of lies

    By Helen Corcoran

    Faced with dangerous plots and hidden enemies, can Lia and Xania learn to rely on each other, as they discover that all is not fair in love and treason?

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  • Sisters ... No Way!

    Sisters ... No Way!

    By Siobhán Parkinson

    Cindy, a with-it and cynical young teen, still traumatised by her mother's recent death, is appalled when her father falls in love with one of her teachers, a woman with two teenage daughters of her own ...

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  • Strongbow

    Strongbow

    The Story of Richard and Aoife

    By Morgan Llywelyn

    The dramatic story of the Norman conquest of Ireland in the 12th century. Full of battles and warfare, but a story of love, too, between an unlikely pair - wilful and wild Irish princess Aoife, and Strongbow, the Norman invader.

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  • War Children

    War Children

    Stories from Ireland's War of Independence

    By Gerard Whelan

    Six stories, one set in Dublin the others in the countryside, about children who get caught up in the War of Independence and suffer dire consequences.

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    192
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  • What Love Looks Like

    What Love Looks Like

    Sometimes love turns up where you least expect it

    By Jarlath Gregory

    Ben Brennan, is 17, gay, and happy most of the time. He’s finished school and is on track to a great career – all that’s missing is falling in love. Can Ben navigate the pitfalls of modern gay dating, with all its expectations, and be true to himself?

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  • The Wish List

    The Wish List

    By Eoin Colfer

    Meg Finn dies after a botched attempt to rob a pensioner, Lowry: her soul is up for grabs as the divine and demonic each want her! How can she tip the scales in her favour to save her soul? A tale of life, death and an unexpected hereafter.

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