Teenage reading ability slips back to primary school level once they reach 16


Study finds the difficulty of books pupils choose increases until they are 10

But their interest then plummets and by 16 many are picking same books as eight-year-olds and reading less than seven-year-olds

Popular books among Year 11 and Year 4 pupils include the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, by Jeff Kinney, and Roald Dahl’s The Twits

‘Favourite books’ list had one non-fiction – a biography of Wayne Roone


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