World History Reading List – Level 3

Choose at least one book for each term as additional independent reading.

1st Year: Term 1


God King by Joanne Williamson [Bethlehem Books]

The Hittite Warrior by Joanne Williamson [Bethlehem Books]

Shadow Hawk by Andre Norton

Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Lancelyn Green

Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw


Theras and His Town by Caroline Dale Snedeker – Sparta and Athens

Crown of Violet by Geoffrey Trease (out-of-print) – Athens, Greek drama

The Twenty Two Letters by Clive King (out-of-print)

1st Year: Term 2


The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld

The Ides of April by Mary Ray [Bethlehem Books]

A Triumph for Flavius by Caroline Dale Snedeker

The White Isle by Caroline Dale Snedeker

Between the Forest and the Hills by Ann Lawrence [Bethlehem Books]


King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green

Augustine Came to Kent by Barbara Willard [Bethlehem Books]

Dragonslayer: The Story of Beowulf by Rosemary Sutcliff

Beowulf the Warrior by Ian Serraillier [Bethlehem Books]

Wordhoard: Anglo-Saxon Stories by Kevin Crossley-Holland and Jill Paton Walsh (out-of-print)


The White Stag by Kate Seredy – Hungary

Son of Charlemagne by Barbara Willard [Bethlehem Books]



Sword Song by Rosemary Sutcliff

Viking Dawn / The Road to Miklagard / Viking Sunset by Henry Treece (out-of-print) – trilogy based on Viking saga

The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow by Allen French [Bethlehem Books]


1st Year: Term 3


The Red Keep by Allen French [Bethlehem Books]

Casilda and the Rising Moon by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino – 11th century Spain

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E. Konigsburg – Eleanor of Aquitaine, 12th century France and England

Lost Baron by Allen French [Bethlehem Books] – set in Cornwall (England) in 1200

Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Grey

The Ramsay Scallop by France Temple – a young betrothed couple are sent on pilgrimage, set in England in 1299

The Lion of St. Mark by G.A. Henty – Venice

The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric Philbrook Kelly

Red Towers of Granada by Geoffrey Trease (out-of-print) – 13th century Spain and England

Ring Out Bow Bells [US Title: The Sign of the Green Falcon] by Cynthia Harnett – England, early 15th century

2nd Year: Term 1

The Woolpack [US Title: The Merchant’s Mark] by Cynthia Harnett – England, late 15th century

Mary Queen of Scots by Elizabeth O’Neill

Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer – story of the young Queen Mary

I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino – story of a young slave owned by the painter Velazquez

Cue for Treason by Geoffrey Trease – adventure story, England in late 16th century, Shakespeare

Red Hugh, Prince of Donegal by Robert Reilly [Bethlehem Books] – Ireland, 16th century

Children of the New Forest by Captain Maryatt – English civil war, 17th century

A Parcel of Patterns by Jill Paton Walsh – plague destroys an English village, 17th century

Master Cornhill by Eloise Jarvis MacGraw – Great Fire of London, 1666

2nd Year: Term 2

Martin Hyde: The Duke’s Messenger by John Masefield – Monmouth rebellion against James II, 17th century England

Bonnie Dundee by Rosemary Sutcliff – 18th century England and Scotland

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – French Revolution

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy – French Revolution

Thunder of Valmy by Geoffrey Trease (out-of-print) – French Revolution

2nd Year: Term 3

Follow My Black Plume by Geoffrey Trease (out-of-print) – Garibaldi, 19th century Italy

A Thousand for Sicily by Geoffrey Trease (out-of-print) – Garibaldi, 19th century Italy

The War, 1914, a History and an Explanation for Boys and Girls by Elizabeth O’Neill

First World War (Living History) by  John D. Clare

Karl I – The Emperor of Peace (Magnificat)

The Good Master by Kate Seredy – early 20th century Hungary

Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery (a story about WWI from the Canadian home front.)

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