9th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 9th Graders from the Weber County Library

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Heart of a Samurai
Artist/Author/Cast:
Preus, Margi
Call Number:
YP F Preus
Description:

In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.

The Hired Girl
Artist/Author/Cast:
Schlitz, Laura Amy
Call Number:
YP F Schlitz
Description:

In 1911, fourteen-year-old Joan yearns for love and pours her heart and hopes for a better future into her diary.

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

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

In Other Lands
Artist/Author/Cast:
Brennan, Sarah Rees
Call Number:
YP F Brennan
Description:

Despite his aversion to war, work, and most people (human or otherwise), teenaged Elliott, a human transported to a fantasy world where he attends a school for warriors and diplomatic advisers, finds that two unlikely ideas, friendship and world peace, may actually be possbile.

The Knife of Never Letting Go
Artist/Author/Cast:
Ness, Patrick
Call Number:
YP F Ness
Description:

Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe
Artist/Author/Cast:
Condie, Ally
Call Number:
HS F Condie
Description:

Seeking to avenge the murder of her true love while on a dredge ship searching for gold, fifteen-year-old captain Poe Blythe becomes the architect of new defenses designed to destroy her enemies.

The Librarian of Auschwitz
Artist/Author/Cast:
Iturbe, Antonio
Call Number:
YP F/HS F Iturbe
Description:

Follows the true story of Dita Kraus, a fourteen-year-old girl from Prague who, after being sent to Auschwitz, is chosen to protect the eight books that the prisoners have smuggled past the guards.

The Lie Tree
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hardinge, Frances
Call Number:
YP F Hardinge
Description:

On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, fourteen-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth.

Long Way Down
Artist/Author/Cast:
Reynolds, Jason
Call Number:
HS F Reynolds
Description:

Driven by the secrets and vengeance that mark his street culture, fifteen-year-old Will contemplates over the course of 60 psychologically suspenseful seconds whether or not he is going to murder the person who killed his brother.

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

An examination of the landmark march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this book focuses on the children who faced terrifying violence in order to walk alongside him in their fight for freedom and the right to vote.

Monday's Not Coming
Artist/Author/Cast:
Jackson, Tiffany D.
Call Number:
YP F/HS F Jackson
Description:

Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable -- more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried.

Nation
Artist/Author/Cast:
Pratchett, Terry
Call Number:
HS F Pratchett
Description:

After a devastating tsunami destroys all that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl, together with a small band of refugees, set about rebuilding their community and all the things that are important in their lives.

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

Examines the life and times of the author and poet who pioneered the psychological horror story and whose work had a huge influence on future generations of writers, poets, artists, and even songwriters.

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
Description:

Delves into facts about food, life expectancy as it relates to consumption, and global health implications resulting from food choices made by people around the world, encouraging readers to consider their food choices and eating habits.

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano
Artist/Author/Cast:
Manzano, Sonia
Call Number:
YP F Manzano
Description:

In 1969 Spanish Harlem, fourteen-year-old Evelyn Serrano tries to break free from her conservative Puerto Rican surroundings.

Rot & Ruin
Artist/Author/Cast:
Maberry, Jonathan
Call Number:
YP F Maberry
Description:

After the zombie apocalypse, Benny reluctantly leaves home and joins his brother in the wilds of the Rot and Ruin.

The Ruins of Gorlan
Artist/Author/Cast:
Flanagan, John
Call Number:
YP F Flanagan
Description:

When Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt.

Shadow and Bone
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bardugo, Leigh
Call Number:
YP F Bardugo
Description:

Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protege of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

Skink No Surrender
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hiaasen, Carl
Call Number:
YP F/HS F Hiaasen
Description:

With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.

Smiles to Go
Artist/Author/Cast:
Spinelli, Jerry
Call Number:
HS F Spinelli
Description:

Will Tuppence's life has always been ruled by science and common sense but in ninth grade, shaken up by the discovery that protons decay, he begins to see the entire world differently and gains new perspective on his relationships with his little sister and two closest friends.

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