This HelMet English Reading Diploma is for 7-9 grade students.

When you have read ten (10) books, you get a diploma. You can select books from this list or select books that are interesting to you that are not found on this list. All the books you read can be used for the Reading Diploma. You can also ask a librarian for ideas.

You can also read audiobooks and e-books.

Table of contents

Tasks • Once upon a time... – Poems and fairy tales • Otherworldly Stories – Science fiction & fantasy • Life’s ups and downs – Contemporary reading • Sometimes life is hard – survival stories • Nonfiction • Life is quite comical – Comics, manga, and graphic novels


Once upon a time... – Poems and fairy tales

Alexander Kwame


Anderson Laurie Halse

Shout : a poetry memoir

Camden Steven

Everything All at Once

Dawson Juno


Don Lari

Fierce, fearless and free

Esiri Allie

A Poem for Every Night of the Year

Favilli Elena

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Gaiman Neil

The sleeper and the spindle

Gill Nikita

These Are the Words

Lovelace Amanda

The princess saves herself in this one

Riddell Chris

Poems to fall in love with OR Poems to save the world with

Sampson Ana

She is fierce

Shakespeare William

Macbeth the graphic novel

Sullivan Deirdre

Tangleweed and Brine

Whitney Diana

You don't have to be everything

Otherworldly Stories – Science fiction & fantasy

Rick Riordan

Daughter of the deep

Adeyemi Tomi

Children of Blood and Bone

Aveyard Victoria

Red queen

Bardugo Leigh

Six of crows

Charlton Darren


Das Mintie

Brown girl ghosted

Deonn Tracy


Doyle Catherine

Twin Crowns

Garber Stephanie


Green Sally

The smoke thieves

Ireland Justina

Dread nation

Klune TJ

The Extraordinaries

Liggett Kim

The grace year

Maas Sarah J.

Throne of glass series

Ness Patrick

The rest of us just live here

Oh Temi

Do You Dream of Terra-Two?

Riggs Ransom

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children Series

Rogerson Margaret

Sorcery of thorns

Rowell Rainbow

Carry on

Schefer Eliot

The darkness outside us

Thomas Aiden

Cemetery Boys

Tolkien J.R.R.

THe Fellowship of the Ring

Turtschaninoff Maria


Wolff Tracy


Life’s ups and downs – Contemporary reading

Once Upon an Eid


Acevedo Elizabeth

The Poet X

Albertalli Becky

Simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda

Albertalli Becky

What if it's us

Barnes Jennifer Lynn

The inheritance games

Callender Kacen

Felix Ever After

Crossan Sarah


Dawson Juno

Meat Market

Dawson Juno


Denton Rebecca

This beats perfect

Han Jenny

To all the boys I've loved before

Jackson Holly

A good girl's guide to murder

Jaigirdar Adiba

The Henna Wars

Jean Emiko

Tokyo ever after

Johnson Leah

You should see me in a crown

Mafi Tahereh

Very large expanse of sea

Maskame Estelle

Becoming Mila

Mathieu Jennifer


McGee Katharine

American royals

McManus Karen

One of Us is Lying

Perkins Stephanie

Anna and the French kiss

Rowell Rainbow

Eleanor & Park

Rowell Rainbow


See Melissa

You, Me and Our Heartstrings

Silvera Adam

They both die at the end

Thomas Angie

The hate u give / On the come-up / The concrete rose

Yoon Nicola

Everything, everything or The sun is also a star

Sometimes life is hard – survival stories

Acevedo Elizabeth

Clap when you land

Asher Jay

13 reasons why

Benway Robin

Far from the tree

Bourne Holly

The places I've cried in public

Bourne Holly

The yearbook

Crossan Sarah


Deaver Mason

The Ghosts We Keep

Forman Gayle

I was here

Freeman Megan E.


Hinton S. E.

The outsiders

Khorram Adib

Darius the Great is not okay

Lippincott Rachael

Five Feet Apart.

Lockhart E.

We were liars

Reynolds Jason

Long way down

Simukka Salla

As red as blood

Summers Courtney


Tahereh M Mafi

An emotion of great delight

Woodson Jacqueline

Brown girl dreaming

Yoon Nicola

Everything, Everything

Zoboi Ibi

Punching the Air

Zusak Markus

The Book Thief


Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi

We should all be feminists

Barker Meg-John

Queer: A Graphic History

Bathie Holly

Social Media Survival Guide

Bryson Bill

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Cairney Gemma

Open your heart

Curtis Scarlett

It's not OK to feel blue (and other lies)

Day Elizabeth

Failosophy for teens : a handbook for when things go wrong

Ellis Nicole

We Go High

Hancock Justin

Can we talk about consent?

Hotakainen Kari

The Unknown Kimi Räikkonen

Hudson Wade

The Talk

Jewell Tiffany

This book is anti-racist

Johnson George M.

All boys aren't blue

Lee Stan

Stan Lee's Master Class

McAnulty Dara

Diary of a Young Naturalist

Prager Sarah

Queer, there and everywhere

Rae Dr Tina

It's ok not to be ok : a guide to wellbeing

Slater Dashka

The 75 bus

Webster Niki

Be More Vegan

Yousafzai Malala

We are displaced

Life is quite comical – Comics, manga, and graphic novels

Lumberjanes Series

Whitney Gardner

Long distance

Bagieu Pénélope


Britt Fanny

Jane, the Fox and Me

Brosgol Vera

Be prepared



Colfer Eoin


Doctorow Cory

In real life

Folman Ari

Anne Frank's diary

Ha Robin

Almost American girl

Hicks Faith Erin

One Year at Ellsmere

Horikoshi Kohei

My Hero Academia series

Larson Hope

All summer long

Meddings Lize

The Sad Ghost Club

Milledge Sas


Narita Ryohgo


Oseman Alice


Ostertag Molly Knox

The Witch Boy

Spiegelman Art

The Complete MAUS

Steinkellner Emma

The Okay Witch series

Tamaki Mariko

This one summer

Telgemeier Raina


Thummler Brenna


Walden Tillie

On a sunbeam

Wallis Pete

What does consent really mean?

Wang Jen

The prince and the dressmaker

Williams Lily

Go with the flow