9th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 9th Graders from the Weber County Library

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The Art of Keeping Cool
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lisle, Janet Taylor
Call Number:
YP F Lisle
Description:

In 1942, Robert and his cousin Elliot uncover long-hidden family secrets while staying in their grandparents' Rhode Island town, where they also become involved with a German artist who is suspected of being a spy.

As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth
Artist/Author/Cast:
Perkins, Lynne Rae
Call Number:
YP F Perkins
Description:

A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.

Best Shot in the West: The Adventures of Nat Love
Artist/Author/Cast:
McKissack, Patricia C.; McKissack, Fredrick L.; DuBurke, Randy (Illustrator); Chronicle Books Staff; Duburke, Randy (Illustrator)
Call Number:
GN YP 978.02092 M1587b 20
Description:

Describes, in graphic novel format, the life of Nat Love, also known as Deadwood Dick, who grew up to become the most famous African-American cowboy in the Old West.

Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rappaport, Doreen
Call Number:
YP 940.5318 R2214b 2012
Description:

Twenty-one accounts of Jewish defiance during World War II.

Blood Red Horse
Artist/Author/Cast:
Grant, K. M.
Call Number:
F Grant
Description:

Two brothers are called by King Richard to fight in the Crusades. They are bound together by a special horse and a girl they both love.

A Bone From a Dry Sea
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dickinson, Peter
Call Number:
YP F Dickinson
Description:

In two parallel stories, a young female member of a prehistoric tribe becomes instrumental in advancing her people, and a present-day girl visits her paleontologist father on a dig in Africa where they discover important fossil remains.

The Caged Graves
Artist/Author/Cast:
Salerni, Dianne K
Call Number:
YP F Salerni
Description:

Returning to her hometown of Catawissa, Pennsylvania, in 1867 to marry a man she has never met, seventeen-year-old Verity Boone gets caught up in the a mystery surrounding the graves of her mother and aunt and a dangerous hunt for Revolutionary-era gold.

Chasing Lincoln's Killer
Artist/Author/Cast:
Swanson, James L.
Call Number:
YP 973.7092 S9727c 2009
Description:

Recounts the escape of John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln's assassin, and follows the intensive twelve-day search for him and his accomplices.

Cinder
Artist/Author/Cast:
Meyer, Marissa
Call Number:
YP F Meyer
Description:

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

A Confusion of Princes
Artist/Author/Cast:
Nix, Garth
Call Number:
YP F Nix
Description:

Battling aliens, space pirates, and competitors, Prince Khemri meets a young woman, named Raine, and learns more than he expected about the hidden workings of a vast, intergalactic Empire, and about himself.

Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lester, Julius
Call Number:
YP F Lester
Description:

When gambling debts and greed enter into the Butler household, Pierce Butler decides to host the biggest slave auction in American history.

Dead Girls Don't Write Letters
Artist/Author/Cast:
Giles, Gail
Call Number:
YP F Giles
Description:

Fourteen-year-old Sunny is stunned when a total stranger shows up at her house posing as her older sister Jazz, who supposedly died out of town in a fire months earlier.

Drawing from Memory
Artist/Author/Cast:
Say, Allen (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
YP 741.64092 S2741d 2011
Description:

Caldecott Medalist Allen Say presents a stunning graphic novel chronicling his journey as an artist during WWII, when he apprenticed under Noro Shinpei, Japan's premier cartoonist.

The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr
Artist/Author/Cast:
St. George, Judith
Call Number:
YP 973.46092 S7745d 2009
Description:

The lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were intertwined for some twenty-five years, with their resentments and misunderstandings culminating in a tragic duel.

Earth Girl
Artist/Author/Cast:
Edwards, Janet
Call Number:
YP F Edwards
Description:
Enchantress from the Stars
Artist/Author/Cast:
Engdahl, Sylvia; Lowry, Lois (Foreword by)
Call Number:
YP F Engdahl
Description:

Elana arrives on primitive planet Andrecia to study its society, but soon becomes involved in saving it from invasion.

Enthusiasm
Artist/Author/Cast:
Shulman, Polly
Call Number:
F Shulman
Description:

Julie and Ashleigh, high school sophomores and Jane Austen fans, seem to fall for the same Mr. Darcy-like boy and struggle to hide their true feelings from one another while rehearsing for a school musical.

Eve and Adam
Artist/Author/Cast:
Grant, Michael; Applegate, Katherine
Call Number:
F Grant
Description:

While recuperating after a car accident in Spiker Biotech's lush San Francisco facilities, sixteen-year-old Evening Spiker meets Solo Plissken, a very attractive, if off-putting boy her age who spent his life at Spiker Biotech. Like Evening, he's never questioned anything ... until now.

The False Prince
Artist/Author/Cast:
Nielsen, Jennifer A.
Call Number:
YP F Nielsen
Description:
Five Flavors of Dumb
Artist/Author/Cast:
John, Antony
Call Number:
F John
Description:

Piper becomes the manager for her classmates' popular rock band, called Dumb, giving her the chance to prove her capabilities to her parents and others, if only she can get the band members to get along. 

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