Good Books for 9th Graders

Since everyone reads at a different level, we have included a variety of books. Not all titles may be appropriate for all readers. For more detailed recommendations, call the Teen Librarians at 330-643-9067 or send an e-mail to


The extraordinary adventures of Alfred Kropp The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp – Rick Yancey
Through a series of dangerous and violent misadventures, teenage loser Alfred Kropp rescues King Arthur’s legendary sword Excalibur from the forces of evil.
Viola in Reel LifeViola in Reel Life –  Adriana Trigiani
When fourteen-year-old Viola is sent from her beloved Brooklyn to boarding school in Indiana for ninth grade, she overcomes her initial reservations as she makes friends with her roommates, goes on a real date, and uses the unsettling ghost she keeps seeing as the subject of a her first short film
The Perks of Being A WallflowerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower –  Stephen Chbosky
When Charlie encounters a new world of mixtapes and first dates, sex, drugs, and Rocky Horror, he must decide whether to really live his life, or to keep running from it.
SpeakSpeak –  Laurie Halse Anderson
Miranda’s been an outcast at school ever since she called the police and ruined one of her classmate’s parties, but what really happened that night?
Boys, girls, and other hazardous materialsBoys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials –  Rosalind Wiseman
After transferring to a new school as a freshman, Charlotte faces tough choices as she tries to shed her “mean girl” image.
Right Behind YouRight Behind You – Gail Giles
After spending over four years in a mental institution for murdering a friend in Alaska, fourteen-year-old Kip begins a completely new life in Indiana with his father and stepmother under a different name, but not only has trouble fitting in, he finds there are still problems to deal with from his childhood.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story – Ned Vizzini
Once Craig is accepted into a prestigious pre-professional high school he thinks his life will be easier, but that’s when things start to get crazy.
Katy’s New World – Kim Vogel Sawyer
In Katy’s small Mennonite community, most people finish school after 9th grade, but Katy has been given special permission to attend the local public high school. Will she be able to stay true to her faith and lifestyle once she is surrounded by worldly things?
StormbreakerStormbreaker — Anthony Horowitz
After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle’s dangerous work for Britain’s intelligence agency, MI6.

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