9th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 9th Graders from the Weber County Library

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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.

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.

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.

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.

The Lucy Variations
Artist/Author/Cast:
Zarr, Sara
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.

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?

Miracle's Boys
Artist/Author/Cast:
Woodson, Jacqueline
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pop
Artist/Author/Cast:
Korman, Gordon
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.

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:

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

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.

"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.

Toads and Diamonds
Artist/Author/Cast:
Tomlinson, Heather
Call Number:
YP F Tomlinson
Description:

A retelling of the Perrault fairy tale set in pre-colonial India, in which two stepsisters receive gifts from a goddess and each walks her own path to find her gift's purpose, discovering romance along the way.

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