Grade 9 Reading Recommendations

A Lovely War by  Julie Berry

They are Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette. A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect turned soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S. Army, and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past. Their story, as told by the goddess Aphrodite, who must spin the tale or face judgment on Mount Olympus, is filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion, and reveals that, though War is a formidable force, it’s no match for the transcendent power of Love (Penguin Random House).

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Sadie by  Courtney Summers

When popular radio personality West McCray receives a desperate phone call from a stranger imploring him to find nineteen-year-old runaway Sadie Hunter, he’s not convinced there’s a story there; girls go missing all the time. But when it’s revealed that Sadie fled home after the brutal murder of her little sister, Mattie, West travels to the small town of Cold Creek, Colorado, to uncover what happened.

Sadie has no idea that her journey to avenge her sister will soon become the subject of a blockbuster podcast. Armed with a switchblade, Sadie follows meager clues hoping they’ll lead to the man who took Mattie’s life, because she’s determined to make him pay with his own. But as West traces her path to the darkest, most dangerous corners of big cities and small towns, a deeply unsettling mystery begins to unfold—one that’s bigger than them both. Can he find Sadie before it’s too late? (Macmillan)

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during the Second World War. One is a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat; one is a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly, and before long they are devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France. She is captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war. The story begins in "Verity's" own words, as she writes her account for her captors (Penguin Random House).

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Scythe by  Neal Shusterman

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own (Simon and Schuster).

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The Girls I've Been by Tess Sharpe

Nora O’Malley’s been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con-artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother’s protégé. But when her mom fell for the mark instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con: escape.

For five years Nora’s been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems:

#1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they’re all friends, Wes didn’t know about her and Iris.

#2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It’s a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because:

#3: Right after they enter the bank, two guys start robbing it.

The bank robbers may be trouble, but Nora’s something else entirely. They have no idea who they’re really holding hostage . . . (Penguin Random House)

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Six of Crows by  Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo returns to the breathtaking world of the Grishaverse in this unforgettable tale about the opportunity—and the adventure—of a lifetime. (MacMillan Publishers)

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Almost American Girl by  Robin Ha

For as long as she can remember, it’s been Robin and her mom against the world. Growing up as the only child of a single mother in Seoul, Korea, wasn’t always easy, but it has bonded them fiercely together.

So when a vacation to visit friends in Huntsville, Alabama, unexpectedly becomes a permanent relocation—following her mother’s announcement that she’s getting married—Robin is devastated.

Overnight, her life changes. She is dropped into a new school where she doesn’t understand the language and struggles to keep up. She is completely cut off from her friends in Seoul and has no access to her beloved comics. At home, she doesn’t fit in with her new stepfamily, and worst of all, she is furious with the one person she is closest to—her mother.

Then one day Robin’s mother enrolls her in a local comic drawing class, which opens the window to a future Robin could never have imagined (HarperCollins).

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This Place: 150 Years Retold by  By Kateri Akiwenzie-DammSonny AssuBrandon MitchellRachel Qitsualik-TinsleySean Qitsualik-TinsleyDavid A. RobertsonNiigaanwewidam James SinclairJen StormRichard Van CampKatherena VermetteChelsea Vowel

Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through Indigenous wonderworks, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.

Each story includes a timeline of related historical events and a personal note from the author. Find cited sources and a select bibliography for further reading in the back of the book. The accompanying teacher guide includes curriculum charts and 12 lesson plans to help educators use the book with their students. (Portage & Main Press)

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Ferdinand F., 81 ans, chenille par Mario Brassard

« Ayant toujours eu peur de tout, Ferdinand F. n'a jamais véritablement pris de risque dans sa vie, voyant les jours se succéder sans histoire jusqu'à ses 81 ans. S'il était reconnu, enfant, pour son magnifique sourire, le voilà un vieillard solitaire qui n'a pas profité des chances qui lui ont été offertes tout au long de son existence. En effet, même s'il se faisait approcher par Georges Foisy, fils de diplomate, il n'a jamais voulu se lier d'amitié avec ce dernier parce qu'il était jaloux de lui, particulièrement lorsqu'il a constaté que Frangin, son copain imaginaire, s'était mis à jouer avec son pire ennemi. Changeant d'école, il termine ses études avant de s'enrôler dans l'armée lors de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, mais feint toutes sortes de maladies afin d'éviter d'être envoyé au front. Ses talents indéniables en batterie lui auraient également permis de joindre les Beatles si sa mère parlait anglais, il aurait pu se marier à une bibliothécaire décomplexée s'il n'avait pas fait de mauvais rêves et il aurait pu visiter les villes dominées par les gratte-ciel s'il n'avait pas aussi peur de l'avion. Tout change cependant en 2005 quand un vieil ennemi le contacte afin de sauver l'être le plus cher à ses yeux. [SDM]. » -GoogleBooks

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13 000 ans et des poussières par  Camille Bouchard

« La première et la dernière phrase : “Puis mes parents adoptifs ont eu un petit garçon.” et “Il faut me manipuler avec le plus grand soin.” [BTLF] » -Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa

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