9th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 9th Graders from the Weber County Library

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After Eli
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rupp, Rebecca
Call Number:
YP F Rupp
Description:

After the death of his older brother, Daniel Anderson became engrossed in recording details about dead people, how they died, and whether their deaths mattered, but he is eventually drawn back into interaction with the living.

Airman
Artist/Author/Cast:
Colfer, Eoin
Call Number:
YP F Colfer
Description:

In the late nineteenth century, when Conor Broekhart discovers a conspiracy to overthrow the king, he is branded a traitor, imprisoned, and forced to mine for diamonds under brutal conditions while he plans a daring escape from Little Saltee prison by way of a flying machine that he must design, build, and, hardest of all, trust to carry him to safety.

American Born Chinese
Artist/Author/Cast:
Yang, Gene Luen
Call Number:
GN YP Yang
Description:

Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Artist/Author/Cast:
Saenz, Benjamin Alire
Call Number:
YP F Saenz
Description:

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

The Berlin Boxing Club
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sharenow, Rob
Call Number:
YP F Sharenow
Description:

In 1936 Berlin, fourteen-year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust.

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:

Shares accounts of heroic Jews who organized to help others and sabotage the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America
Artist/Author/Cast:
Zoboi, Ibi
Call Number:
YP 808.831 B6274e 2019
Description:

Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today, Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America.

The Book Thief
Artist/Author/Cast:
Zusak, Markus
Call Number:
YP F Zusak
Description:

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel -- a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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.

Crossing Ebenezer Creek
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bolden, Tonya
Call Number:
YP F/HS F Bolden
Description:

Freed from slavery, Mariah and her young brother Zeke join Sherman's march through Georgia, where Mariah meets a free black named Caleb and dares to imagine the possibility of true love, but hope can come at a cost.

Debunk It!: How to Stay Sane in a World of Misinformation
Artist/Author/Cast:
Grant, John
Call Number:
YP 001.9 G7624d
Description:

Uses modern headline examples to explain how to identify bad evidence and poor arguments, summarizing the rhetorical tricks people use to sway public opinion in a range of fields.

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

A Caldecott Medalist presents a graphic novel chronicling his own journey as an artist during WWII, when he was shunned by his father, who didn't understand his son's artistic leanings, but was embraced by Noro Shinpei, Japan's leading cartoonist.

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
Artist/Author/Cast:
Brown, Don
Call Number:
GN YP 363.34 B8775d
Description:

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. The tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage--and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality. 

Dry
Artist/Author/Cast:
Shusterman, Neal
Call Number:
HS F Shusterman
Description:

When the taps run dry, Alyssa's suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation, and she must make impossible choices.

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

Examines the events that led up to the deadly duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr by reviewing both their lives and the similarities that they shared, including serving as staff officers under George Washington.

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hendrix, John
Call Number:
GN YP 230.044092 H4986f
Description:

Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party is gaining strength and becoming more menacing every day. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor upset by the complacency of the German church toward the suffering around it, forms a breakaway church to speak out against the established political and religious authorities.

The Fellowship of the Ring
Artist/Author/Cast:
Tolkien, J. R. R.
Call Number:
YP F/F Tolkien
Description:

The first volume in the classic fantasy series the Lord of the Rings, in which Frodo the hobbit and his companions set out to deliver the One Ring of Power to the dark land of Mordor in order to destroy the ring in the forge of its creation.

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:

It's 1911, and fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs pours her heart, her yearning for love, and her hopes for a better future into her diary.

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