9th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 9th Graders from the Weber County Library

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Jepp, Who Defied the Stars
Artist/Author/Cast:
Marsh, Katherine
Call Number:
YP F Marsh
Description:

Jepp, a teenage dwarf living in 16th century Europe, leaves home to seek his destiny.

Lost in the River of Grass
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rorby, Ginny
Call Number:
YP F Rorby
Description:

When two Florida teenagers become stranded on a tiny island in the Everglades, they attempt to walk ten miles through swampland to reach civilization.

March
Artist/Author/Cast:
Brooks, Geraldine
Call Number:
F Brooks
Description:

(Fiction, 2006) Brooks shares the untold story of Father March from Louisa May Alcott’s "Little Women" as he joins other Union soldiers in the Civil War.

Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary
Artist/Author/Cast:
Partridge, Elizabeth
Call Number:
YP 323.1196 P2752m 2009
Description:

This book recounts the three months of protest that took place before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s landmark march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery to promote equal rights and help African-Americans earn the right to vote.

Matched
Artist/Author/Cast:
Condie, Ally
Call Number:
YP F Condie
Description:

Does perfect citizen Cassia have the courage to go against the status quo in her perfect Society--for love?

Call Number:
YP F Woodson
Description:

Twelve-year-old Lafayette's close relationship with his older brother Charlie changes after Charlie is released from a detention home and blames Lafayette for the death of their mother.

Nevermore: A Photobiography of Edgar Allan Poe
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lange, Karen
Call Number:
YP 92 Poe 2009
Description:

This intriguing photobiography examines the life and times of the author and poet who would have a huge influence on future generations of writers, poets, artists, and even songwriters. Poe pioneered the psychological horror story, the detective story, and the emerging genre of science fiction.

Passion Blue
Artist/Author/Cast:
Strauss, Victoria
Call Number:
YP F Strauss
Description:

In fifteenth-century Italy, seventeen-year-old Giulia, a Count's illegitimate daughter, buys a talisman hoping it will bring her true love to save her from life in a convent.

Call Number:
YP F Korman
Description:

Lonely after a midsummer move to a new town, sixteen-year-old high-school quarterback Marcus Jordan becomes friends with a retired professional linebacker who is great at training him, but whose childish behavior keeps Marcus in hot water.

Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hanley, Victoria
Call Number:
YP 808.02 H2418s 2008
Description:

Offers advice to teenaged authors on the techniques of originating, developing, and editing fiction; profiles successful teen authors; and answers common questions about the writing process.

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.

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.

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.

The Legend of Bass Reeves
Artist/Author/Cast:
Paulsen, Gary
Call Number:
YP F Paulsen
Description:

An account of the life of Bass Reeves, federal marshal.

Call Number:
YP F Zarr
Description:

Sixteen-year-old San Franciscan Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. Her chance at a career has passed, and she decides to help her ten-year-old piano prodigy brother, Gus, map out his own future, even as she explores why she enjoyed piano in the first place.

The Naming
Artist/Author/Cast:
Croggon, Alison
Call Number:
YP F Croggon
Description:

A manuscript from the lost civilization of Edil-Amarandah chronicles the experiences of sixteen-year-old Maerad, an orphan gifted in the magic and power of the Bards, as she escapes from slavery and begins to learn how to use her Gift to stave off the evil Darkness that threatens to consume her world.

The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat
Artist/Author/Cast:
Pollan, Michael; Chevat, Richie (Adapted by)
Call Number:
YP 338.10973 C5277o 2009
Description:

In a smart, compelling format with updated facts, plenty of photos, graphs, and visuals, this book encourages kids to consider the personal and global health implications of their food choices.

The Running Dream
Artist/Author/Cast:
Van Draanen, Wendelin
Call Number:
YP F Van Draanen
Description:

When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.

The Scorpio Races
Artist/Author/Cast:
Stiefvater, Maggie
Call Number:
F Stiefvater
Description:

Some race to win. Others race to survive. It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races.

The Traitors' Gate
Artist/Author/Cast:
Avi; Raude, Karina (Illustrator)
Call Number:
YP F Avi
Description:

When his father is arrested as a debtor in 1849 London, fourteen-year-old John Huffam must take on unexpected responsibilities, from asking a distant relative for help to determining why people are spying on him and his family.

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