Grade 9 and 10

Popular Reads

Popular Reads

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MosquitolandA Death Struck Year Challenger Deep
I'll Give You The Sun

Gabi, A Girl in Pieces
The Queen of the Tearling
JackabyThose Who Wish Me Dead
If I Stay by Gail Forman How it Went Down


9-10 Biography


Suggested Titles

Borden, Louise: His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg: Courage, Rescue, and Mystery During World War II - This book chronicles the life of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swede, who at the end of World War II was able to save thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazi concentration camps.

Echols, Damien: Life After Death - Falsely accused of murdering three eight-year-old boys in Arkansas, Echols describes the terrors he experienced every day and his outrage toward the American justice system, and offers a firsthand account of living on Death Row in agonizing detail.

Reiss, Tom: The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo - Details the life of French writer Alexander Dumas's father General Alex Dumas, including his parentage, and describing how, after he was sold into bondage, Dumas made his way to Paris in time for the French Revolution.

Luttrell, Marcus: Lone survivor : the eyewitness account of Operation Redwing and the lost heroes of SEAL Team 10 - American Navy SEAL and team leader Marcus Luttrell tells his story of the loss of his teammates in July 2005 along the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border to al-Qaida insurgents.

Sokolove, Michael: Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater - (Available on Follett Shelf) A biography of influential drama director Lou Volpe, chronicling his last school years working at Harry S. Truman High School in Levittown, Pennsylvania, and following a group of student actors as they work through dramas both on and off the stage.

Guibert, Emmanual: The Photographer - A graphic novel and photo journal that follows reporter Didier Lefevre on a dangerous journey through Afghanistan with the Doctors Without Borders mission.

9-10 Fantasy & Science Fiction

Fantasy/Science Fiction

Suggested Titles

Cass, Kiera: The Siren (Available on Overdrive)
A member of the sisterhood of sirens deadly to humans, Kahlen must live a lonely life following the rules that prohibit her forming close bonds with humans and though she has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own, when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can not bring herself to live by the rules anymore.

Brown, Pierce: Red Rising (Available on Follett Shelf)
Darrow, a Red, which is the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future, joins a revolutionary cell and attempts to infiltrate an elite military academy after witnessing the execution of his wife.

Buckingham, Royce Scott: The Terminals - Nineteen-year-old Cam Cody takes the opportunity to join a covert unit of young spies who, like him, are terminally ill but have extraordinary abilities due to an experimental super-steroid, but he soon learns the program is not what it seems--and they may not even be ill.

Walker, Karen Thompson: The Age of Miracles (Available on Follett Shelf)
Julia struggles as she comes of age when she learns, along with the rest of the world, that the Earth has begun to slow its rotation, drastically changing gravity and the environment.

Shannon, Samantha: The Bone Season - In the mid-21st century major world cities are controlled by a formidable security force and clairvoyant underworld cell member Paige commits acts of psychic treason before being captured by an otherworldly race that would make her a part of their supernatural army.

Weir, Andy: The Martian (Available on Follett Shelf)
Astronaut Mark Watney, having been stranded on Mars during a dust storm, relies on his ingenuity and engineering skills to stay alive and try to contact NASA.

Other Authors:

Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Robin McKinley, Suzanne Collins, Paolo Bacigalupi, Allastair Reynolds, John Scalzi, Orson Scott Card, Philip K. Dick.

9-10 Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction

Suggested Titles

Donnelly, Jennifer: Revolution (Available on Overdrive)
An angry, grieving seventeen-year-old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school, travels to Paris to complete a school assignment. While there she uncovers a diary written during the French revolution by a young actress attempting to help a tortured, imprisoned little boy, Louis Charles, the lost king of France.

Winters, Cat: In the Shadow of Blackbirds - In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to seances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns.

Hahn, Mary Downing: Mr. Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls (Available on Follett Shelf)
Narrated from several different perspectives, Hahn tells the story of the 1956 murder of two teenaged girls in suburban Baltimore, Maryland.

Schlitz, Laura Amy: The Hired Girl - Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself--because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of--a woman with a future.

Nappi, Frank: The Legend of Mickey Tussler - Seventeen-year-old Mickey Tussler is offered a job as pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1940s; in spite of Mickey's autism, coach Arthur Murphy is willing to take a chance on him.

McGuigan, Mary Ann: Morning in a Different Place - In 1963 in the Bronx, eighth-graders Fiona and Yolanda help one another face hard decisions at home despite family and social opposition to their interracial friendship.

Napoli, Donna Jo: Alligator Bayou - Fourteen-year-old Calogero Scalise and his Sicilian uncles and cousin live in small-town Louisiana in 1898, when Jim Crow laws rule and anti-immigration sentiment is strong. Despite his attempts to be polite and to follow American customs, disaster dogs his family at every turn.

Kephart, Beth: Going Over (Available on Follett Shelf)
In the early 1980s Ada and Stefan are young, would-be lovers living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall--Ada lives with her mother and grandmother and paints graffiti on the Wall, and Stefan lives with his grandmother in the East and dreams of escaping to the West

Yang, Gene Luen. Boxers & Saints - Presents a two-volume graphic novel set that looks China in 1898 during the Boxer Rebellion.

Wein, Elizabeth: Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity #2)
When young American pilot Rose Justice is captured by Nazis and sent to Ravensbruck, the notorious women's concentration camp, she finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery, and friendship of her fellow prisoners.

Popular Authors in this genre

Gary Paulsen, Laurie Halse Anderson, Markus Zusak, Allan Stratton, Graham Salisbury

9-10 Mystery


Suggested Titles

Almond, David: Clay (Available on Overdrive)
The developing relationship between teenager Davie and a mysterious new boy in town morphs into something darker and more sinister when Davie learns firsthand of the boy's supernatural powers.

Barron, Ruth: Defriended (Available on Follett Shelf)
Jason spends most of his nights talking online with Lacey, who seems to be the perfect girl, but when Lacey refuses to meet him in person, Jason does some Internet searching and discovers that Lacey died a year ago, and Jason must figure out what is going on before it is too late.

Bray, Libba: Beauty Queens (Available on Follett Shelf)
When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

Hiaason, Carl: Skink No Surrender - With the help of an eccentric ex-governor, a teenaged boy searches for his missing cousin in the Florida wilds.

Gardner, Sally: Maggot Moon (Available on Follett Shelf)
Friendship and trust inspire Standish to rise up against an oppressive regime and expose the truth about a planned moon landing.

Popular authors in this genre:

Jay Asher, Ally Carter, John Feinstein, Susan Beth Pfeffer,

Richard Yancy, Stephen King, Joe Hill, Neil Gaiman

9-10 Non-Fiction

General Non-Fiction

Suggested Titles

Anderson, Jodi Lynn: Americapedia: Taking the Dumb Out of Freedom -This book is aimed at teens who want to know more about the day-to-day workings of the United States government and it provides a crash course for understanding critical events in America and the world.

Richardson, Mike: 47 Ronin The tale of the 47- Ronin and their epic mission to avenge their wronged master epitomizes the samurai code of honor, and creators Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai have done justice to their story! Meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated, this collection of the acclaimed miniseries recounts this sweeping saga of honor and violence in all its grandeur. Opening with the tragic incident that sealed the fate of Lord Asano, 47 Ronin follows a dedicated group of Asano's vassals on their years-long path of vengeance!

Ripley, Amanda: The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way -
Examines effective education systems in other countries through the experiences of three youth from America that studied abroad.

Jocelyn, Marthe: Scribbling Women
Looking at letters by Margaret Catchpole, a novel by Doris Pilkey, a cookbook by Isabella Beeton, journal entries by Sei Shonagan, and other works by women around the world, this book explores the writing of women throughout history.

Blumenthal, Karen: Tommy: The Gun that Changed America
Presents the history of the Thompson submachine gun, discussing its development by John Taliaferro Thompson and its use in World War II and by gangsters including Al Capone and John Dillinger.

Salwen, Kevin: The Power of Half: One Family’s Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back (Available on Follett Shelf)
Wall Street Journal reporter Kevin Salwen recounts his family's efforts to stop their overconsumption and instead start giving back to the world.

Stokke, Regine: Regine’s Book: A Teen’s Last Words (Available on Follett Shelf)
The blog entries of teenager Regine Stokke who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008 are presented in this touching book.

Rapkin, Mickey: Theater Geek: The Real-Life Drama of a Summer at Stagedoor Manor, the Famous Performing Arts Camp
Chronicles the history of the Stagedoor Manor, a popular theatre camp in the Catskills, and follows three teen actors through their final session at the camp, along with interviews with former campers and staff.

Simmons, Bill: The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy (Available on Overdrive)
Presents a discussion of a wide variety of topics pertaining to professional basketball, covering the best players and teams, reevaluating the NBA Hall of Fame inductee system, and examining the secret of the game through a conversation with an NBA superstar.

Zimmerman, Keith: Mythbusters: The Explosive Truth Behind the Most Perplexing Urban Legends of All Time
With photographs, illustrations, blueprints, and exclusive interviews to document the mythbusting process, MythBusters: The Explosive Truth Behind 30 of the Most Perplexing Urban Legends of All Time will examine dozens of urban legends, from exploding toilets to being buried alive -- these guys have tested them all. Eye-opening, jaw-dropping, and even laugh-inducing, this book will delight armchair scientists, curious readers, and fans of the show alike.

9-10 Realistic Fiction

Realistic Fiction

Suggested Titles

Magoon, Kekla: How it went Down
When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.

Rowell, Rainbow: Fangirl
Feeling cast off when her twin sister outgrows their shared love for a favorite fictional character, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and worrying about her fragile father.

Mazer, Harry: Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am (Available on Overdrive)
Ben lives a charmed life, but after being wounded in Iraq while his Army unit is on convoy and treated for many months for traumatic brain injury, Ben’s life is forever changed.

Quintero, Isabel: Girl in Pieces (Available on Overdrive)
Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, her friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

Nelson, Jandy: I'll Give You the Sun (Available on Overdrive)
A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah

Gantos, Jack: The Trouble in Me
Fourteen-year-old Jack falls under the spell of a delinquent Florida neighbor and gets way more trouble than he bargained for

Moore, Liz: Heft (Available on Overdrive)
An obese former academic shut-in and a poor kid dreaming of a successful baseball career are linked together by a former student who transforms their lives

Popular Authors in this genre

Sarah Dessen, Jodi Picoult, John Green, Frank Portman,

Gabrielle Zevin, Mike Lupica, Jordan Sonnenblick, David Levithan