1. 1 Extended Texts

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The texts listed below are young adult fiction/non-fiction most suited to NCEA Level 1 and level 6 of the curriculum as they tend to be narrative driven with fairly obvious messages:

1.1 Extended Texts

1.1 Short Texts


Follow The Rabbit-Proof Fence – Doris Pilkington

Going Solo – Roald Dahl

Hiroshima – John Hersey

Kinder Transport – Diane Samuels

Mihipeka – Mihi Edwards

Night – Elie Wiesel

Not Without My Daughter – Betty Mahmoody

The Blind Side – Michael Lewis

Touching The Void – Joe Simpson


A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove – James Maloney

Against the Odds – Matt Te Pou

A Kind of Loving – Stan Barstow

Animal Farm – George Orwell

An Ocean in Iowa – Peter Hedges

Black Like Me – John Howard Griffin

Blue Feather – Gary Crew

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Graphic Novel)

Children of the Dust – Louise Lawrence

Feed – M T Anderson

Finding Grace – Alyssa Brugman

Fighting Ruben Wolfe – Markus Zusak

I Coriander – Sally Gardner

I Heard the Owl Call My Name – Margaret Craven

Island of Shattered Dreams – Chantel T Spitz

Jolt – Bernard Beckett

Kidnap of Jessie Parker – William Taylor

Kit’s Wilderness – David Almond

Lester – Bernard Beckett

Letters from the Inside – John Marsden

Lionheart – Jesse Martin

Looking for Alibrandi – Melina Marchetta

Montana 1948 – Larry Watson

Mutuwhenua – Patricia Grace

Northern Lights – Philip Pullman

Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

Orchard Street – Maurice Gee

Out Walked Mel – Paula Boock

Owl – Joanna Irwin

Peeling the Onion – Wendy Orr

Q+A – Vikas Swarup

Red Cliff – Bernard Beckett

Red Dog in Bandit Country – Fleur Beale

Red Necklace – Sally Garnder

Rocco – Sheryl Jordan

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – Mildred Taylor

Shadow Waters – Inna Furey

Sold – Zana Mushen

State Ward – Alan Duff

Strange Objects – Gary Crew

Sumitra’s Story – Rukshana Smith

Talking in Whispers – James Watson

Tangerine – Edward Bloor

Taronga – Victor Kelleher

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

The Chocolate War – Robert Cormier

The Conch Bearer – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

The Fat Man – Maurice Gee

The Giver – Lois Lowry

The Highest Tide – Jim Lynch

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

The Outlanders – Margaret Beames

The Pearl – John Steinbeck

The Running Man – Richard Bachman

The Ten PM Question – Kate de Goldi

The Wave – Morton Rhue

The Whole of the Moon – Duncan Stuart

This Boy’s Life – Tobias Wolfe

Thunder Road – Ted Dawe

Tomorrow When The War Began – John Marsden

Unwind – Neil Shustiman

Violence 101 – Denis Wright

Water in the Blood – Alan Bunn

Whale Rider – Witi Ihimaera

Women for Walking – Witi Ihimaera

Z For Zachariah – Robert C O’Brien

An Inspector Calls – J B Priestley

A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams

Grace - Pat Spillane

Macbeth - Shakespeare

Niu Sila – Dave Armstrong and Oscar Kightley

Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare

Rosie – Pat Spillane

The Pohutukawa Tree – Bruce Mason

The Tempest - Shakespeare

Twelfth Night - Shakespeare

Twelve Angry Men – Reginald Rose


Maya Angelou

Billy Collins

Ruth Dallas

Carol Ann Duffy

Sia Figiel

Seamus Heaney

Sam Hunt

Selina Tusitala Marsh

Apirana Taylor

Hone Tuwhare
Short Stories

Roald Dahl

Arthur Conan Doyle – Sherlock Holmes

Patricia Grace

Witi Ihimaera – Pounamu Pounamu&others

Graham Lay

Doris Lessing – Flight

Owen Marshall

Carl Nixon – Like Wallpaper

Frank Sargeson

Apirana Taylor

Visual Texts – Teachers will need to check the Censor’s rating for the following texts to ensure they follow the law. This web address will help:

www. Censorship.govt.nz/DDA/Pages/Screens/DDA/DecisionSearchCriteriaPage.aspx

About a Boy


Bend it Like Beckham

Billy Elliot

Bowling for Columbine



Coach Carter

Dark Knight

Dead Poets’ Society

Field of Dreams

Forrest Gump

Freedom Writer’s Diary

Goodnight and Good Luck

In Pursuit of Happyness

Into the Wild



M*A*S*H series

Mean Creek

October Sky

O Tamaiti (Short Film)

Purely Belter

Remember the Titans

Rabbit Proof Fence

Romeo and Juliet

Secondhand Wedding

Slumdog Millionaire

Spider Man

Stand By Me

Strictly Ballroom

Ten Things I Hate About You

The Basketball Diaries

The Blind Side

The Breakfast Club

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Hurricane

The Power of One

The Sapphires

The Strength of Water (NZ)

The Truman Show

The War Horse

The World’s Fastest Indian

Tomorrow When the War Began

Touching The Void

V For Vendetta

Walk the Line

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?

The texts listed below have an adult reading age with elements which allow students to analyse them and are most suited to NCEA Level 2 and level 7 of the curriculum:

2.1 Extended Texts

2.1 Short Texts


An Angel at my Table – Janet Frame

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

(First in series of six atuobiographies)

Its Not About The Bike – Lance Armstrong

Krystyna’s Story – Halina Ogonowska-Coates

No Mean Feat – Mark Inglis

Open – Andre Agassi

Purple Heart – Andrew Fiu

Push – Sapphire

The Rugmaker of Mazir-E-Sharif – Najaf Mazari and Robert Hillman

Tooth and Nail – Mary Findlay


A Crime in the Neighbourhood – Suzanne Berne

A Gathering Light – Jennifer Donnelly

Baby No Eyes – Patricia Grace

Before I Die – Jenny Downham

Boys of Blood and Bone – David Metzenthen

Bulibasha – Witi Ihimaera

Cousins – Patricia Grace

Crime Story – Maurice Gee

Falling – Anne Provoost

Feral City – Rosie Scott

Fiela’s Child – Dalene Matthee

Ganglands – Maureen McCarthy

Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimanande Adiche

House of Strife – Maurice Shadbolt

Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer

Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer

Looking for Alaska – John Green

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Malcolm and Juliet – Bernard Beckett

Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha – Roddy Doyle

Purple Hibiscus – Chimanande Adiche

Right Where It Hurts – David Hill

Smashed – Mandy Hagar

Smith’s Dream – C K Stead

Sold – Patricia McCormick

Sons for the Return Home – Albert Wendt

Spider – William Taylor

St.Agnes’s Stand – Thomas Eidson

The Bonesetter’s Daughter – Amy Tan

The Book of Fame – Lloyd Jones

The Catcher in the Rye – J D Salinger

The Crossing – Mandy Hagar

The Crucible – Arthur Miller

The Edge – Alan Gibbons

The God Boy – Ian Cross

The Help – Kathryn Stockett

The Kitchen God’s Wife –Amy Tan

The Scarecrow – Ronald Hugh Morrieson

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

Tin Soldiers – Ian Bones

To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Tu – Patricia Grace

Twelve – Nick McDonell

White Teeth – Zadie Smith

A View From the Bridge – Arthur Miller

Hamlet – Shakespeare

Julius Caesar – Shakespeare

Measure For Measure - Shakespeare

The End of the Golden Weather – Bruce Mason

The Importance of Being Ernest – Oscar Wilde

The Merchant of Venice - Shakespeare

Wednesday To Come - Renee


Fleur Adcock

Maya Angelou

James K Baxter

Carol Ann Duffy

Glenn Colquhoun

Lauris Edmond

Sia Figiel

Seamus Heaney

Langston Hughes

Ted Hughes

Karlo Mila

Wole Soyinka

Robert Sullivan

Hone Tuwhare

The War Poets – Brooke, Owen, Sassoon, Thomas

Short Stories

Raymond Carver

Kate Chopin

F Scott Fitzgerald - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Janet Frame

Patricia Grace

Witi Ihimaera

Katherine Mansfield

Owen Marshall

Dorothy Parker – Arrangement in Black and White

Visual Texts - Teachers will need to check the Censor’s rating for the following texts to ensure they follow the law. This web address will help:

www. Censorship.govt.nz/DDA/Pages/Screens/DDA/DecisionSearchCriteriaPage.aspx

A Beautiful Mind

A Few Good Men

All Quiet on the Western Front


An Angel at My Table

Angela’s Ashes


Bright Star

Children of Men

Citizen Kane

Dead Man Walking

Desert Flower

District 9

Donnie Darko


Eight Mile

Erin Brokovich

Everything is Illuminated

Full Metal Jacket

Good Will Hunting

Gran Torino


Hotel Rwanda

In the Name of the Father

Lars and the Real Girl

Life is Beautiful

Made in Dagenham

Malcolm X

Million Dollar Baby

Minority Report

Mississippi Burning

Motorcycle Diaries

Moulin Rouge

No 2

O Brother Where Art Thou?

Rebel Without a Cause


Richard III

Road to Perdition

Run Lola, Run

Saving Private Ryan

Schindler’s List

Shakespeare in Love

Shawshank Redemption (R16)

Sione’s Wedding

Sleepy Hollow

Sometimes in April

The Bourne Identity

The Cider House Rules

The Constant Gardener

The Counterfeiters

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Deer Hunter

The Help

The Killing Fields

The Matrix

The Navigator

The Pianist

The Queen

The Social Network

Touching the Void


Winter’s Bone

The texts listed below are considered to be of literary merit and suitable for study at NCEA Level 3 and level 8 of the curriculum because they allow the students to respond critically:

3.1 Extended Texts

3.1 Short Texts


A Child Called It – Dave Pelzer

Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt

Desert Flower – Waris Dirie

Dibs in Search of Self – Virginia Axline

Girl Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen

If This is a Man – Primo Levi

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

Rachel’s Tears – Mark Scotts

The Chosen – Chaim Potok

The Color of Water – James McBride

To The Is-Land – Janet Frame

Tuesdays With Morrie - Mitch Albom

A Clockwork Orange – Antony Burgess

A Dangerous Vine – Barbara Ewing

A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway

A Gathering of Old Men – Ernest Gaines

A Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

A Map of the World – Jane Hamilton

A Room With A View – E M Forster

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner

Atonement – Ian McEwan

Beatrice and Virgil – Yann Martel

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

Black Swan Green – David Mitchell

Blindsight – Maurice Gee

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Briar Rose – Jane Yolen

Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood

Cloudstreet – Tim Winton

Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier

Cry The Beloved Country – Alan Paton

Emma – Jane Austen

Enduring Love – Ian McEwan

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Sarfan Foer

Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

Fugitive Pieces – Annie Michaels

Gallagher Girls – Ally Carter

Genesis – Bernard Beckett

How To Stop a Heart From Beating – Danielle Ballantyne

In My Father’s Den – Maurice Gee

Islands of Silence – Martin Booth

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Maestro – Peter Goldsworthy

Mr Pip – Lloyd Jones

Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolfe

No Country For Old Men – Cormac McCarthy

Once Were Warriors – Alan Duff

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

Owls Do Cry – Janet Frame

Perfume – Patrick Suskind

Persuasion – Jane Austen

Potiki – Patricia Grace

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Room – Emma Donoghue

Satisfied With Nothing – Ernest Hill

Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

Shades of Grey – Jasper Fforde

Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut

Small Island – Andrea Levy

Snow Falling on Cedars – David Gutterson

Sula – Toni Morrison

Surrender – Sonya Hartnett

Talking About O’Dwyer – C K Stead

Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

The Comfort of Strangers – Ian McEwan

The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

The Grass is Singing – Doris Lessing

The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

The Last Ride – Thomas Eidson

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

The Messengers – Marcus Zusak

The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint – Brady Udall

The New Girl – Emily Perkins

The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene

The Outsider – Albert Camus

The Reader – Bernhard Schlink

The Road – Cormac McCarthy

The Shipping News – Annie Proulx

The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien

The Wall – Jean Paul Satre

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

Triage – Scott Anderson

Whanau II – Witi Ihimaera

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? – Alan Duff

Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys

Wintergirls – Laurie Lalse Anderson

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte


A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen

Death and the Maiden – Ariel Dorfman

Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller

Dr Faustus – Christopher Marlowe

Foreskin’s Lament – Greg McGee

King Lear – Shakespeare

Lady Windermere’s Fan – Oscar Wilde

Master Harold and the Boys – Athol Fugard

Much Ado About Nothing – Shakespeare

Ophelia Thinks Harder – Jean Betts

Othello – Shakespeare

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead – Tom Stoppard

The Crucible – Arthur Miller

The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams

The History Boys – Alan Bennett

The Kid – Michael Gow

The Laraime Project – Moises Kaufman

Whoose Afraid of Virginia Woolfe? – Edward Albee


Tusiata Avia

James K Baxter

William Blake

Emily Dickenson

Gerald Manly Hopkins

Kapka Kassoabova

John Keats

Sylvia Plath

Edgar Allan Poe

Shakespearean sonnets

Hone Tuwhare

Short Stories

Ray Bradbury

Raymond Carver

Janet Frame

Charlotte Perkins Gilman – Yellow Wallpaper

Tom Godwin – The Cold Equations

Ernest Hemingway

Alex La Guma

Katherine Mansfield

Owen Marshall

Jean Paul Satre – The Wall

Rachel Sieffert – The Dark Room

Hone Tuwhare

Visual Texts - Teachers will need to check the Censor’s rating for the following texts to ensure the follow the law. This web address will help:

www. Censorship.govt.nz/DDA/Pages/Screens/DDA/DecisionSearchCriteriaPage.aspx


American Beauty

American History X

An Education

Apocalypse Now



Blood Diamonds (R16)

Cabaret (R16)


Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Crash (R16)

Dead Man Walking

Defiance (R16)


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Fahrenheit 911




Heavenly Creatures

Homelands (TV Series)


In My Father’s Den (R16)

Jane Eyre

Little Miss Sunshine


Midnight in Paris

Mr Pip

North Country

Pan’s Labyrinth

O Brother Where Art Thou

Once Were Warriors

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest


Out of the Blue (R15)

Pan’s Labyrinth


Pride and Prejudice





Sense and Sensibility

Summer Heights High (Mockumentary series)


The Bourne Identity

The Color Purple

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – in original form (with subtitles)

The Godfather (R16)

The Hours

The Human Centipede

The Hurt Locker (R16)

The Kite Runner

The Last King of Scotland (R16)

The Lives of Others

The Lovely Bones

The King’s Speech

The Quiet American

The Piano

The Pianist

The Reader

The Station Agent

There Will Be Blood


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