Which 10 books should children read before they leave school?

What should children be reading? Photo: Sharon-and-Nikki-McCutcheon / flickr.com.payitforwardphotossubmitted
What should children be reading? Photo: Sharon-and-Nikki-McCutcheon / flickr.com.payitforwardphotossubmitted

George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece 1984 has beaten Harry Potter to the top of a list of books that “every student should read before leaving secondary school”.

The selection, from the Times Educational supplement is dominated by classic literature and was chosen by 500 teachers.

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Harry Potter series by J K Rowling

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen