Reading My Rights – Learn about the law through literature

Reading my Rights – Stories can help us make sense of the world. They can take us to different places and times. They offer escape when we need to leave our own place and time behind for an hour or two. Stories can also make us think about situations we might experience ourselves, and make us wonder why something happened.

A shelf full of books. Reading My Rights looks at the law through literature

There are often situations in stories to which legal rules apply. The legal rules are often left out of a story – authors might think that readers aren’t interested in the legal reason that something has happened. On the other hand, for someone who finds themselves in that situation, knowing what the rules are, knowing why something could or did happen might be helpful. Our blog project ‘Reading My Rights’ will look at some popular books explain some of the legal rules that are working behind the scenes in the stories – and what would happen in Wales in ‘in real life’.


Harry Potter and the Hogwarts school rules

Diamond – Jacqueline Wilson

Dear Martin – Nic Stone

The Boy in the Dress – David Walliams

The Suitcase Kid – Jacqueline Wilson

The Best Possible Answer – Katherine Kottaras

The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

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

Lily Alone – Jacqueline Wilson

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J K Rowling


The Catcher in the Rye – J D Salinger

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson

The Nearest Faraway Place – Hayley Long

A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket

The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson

Lies We Tell Ourselves – Robin Talley

Matilda – Roald Dahl

Girls Under Pressure – Jacqueline Wilson

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Matilda and your right to go to school

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