9th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 9th Graders from the Weber County Library

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"The President Has Been Shot!": The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Artist/Author/Cast:
Swanson, James L.
Call Number:
YP 973.922092 S9727p 2013
Description:

Recounts the 35th president's assassination and details key events while sharing informative back matter and archival photographs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Hattie Big Sky
Artist/Author/Cast:
Larson, Kirby
Call Number:
YP F Larson
Description:

Alone in the world, teen-aged Hattie is driven to prove up on her uncle's homesteading claim.

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bragg, Georgia; O'Malley, Kevin
Call Number:
YP 920 B8134h 2011
Description:

A look at the deaths of several famous people throughout history and the circumstances surrounding those deaths.

Immersed in Verse: An Informative, Slightly Irreverent & Totally Tremendous Guide to Living the Poet's Life
Artist/Author/Cast:
Mourning, Tuesday (Illustrator); Wolf, Allan
Call Number:
YP 808.1 W8532i 2006
Description:

Contains advice, ideas, writing activities, and encouragement from a working poet for aspiring poets. Includes poems by a variety of poets from the unknown to the famous, including Langston Hughes, e.e. cummings, Eve Merriam, and more.

Into the Wild
Artist/Author/Cast:
Krakauer, Jon
Call Number:
917.9804 K894i 1997
Description:

Chris McCandless abandons everything to experience life in the Alaskan wilderness.

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