Recommended Reads for Grades 9-10

Great reads for teens in Grades 9 & 10
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M. T. Anderson (YA ANDERSON)
In a future where most people have a computer implanted in their head to control their environment and connect online, a boy meets an unusual girl in serious trouble.
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Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher (YA ASHER)
One box in the mail containing 13 cassette tapes, all from the girl you had a crush on…who committed suicide last week.
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Hate List
Jennifer Brown (YA BROWN)
Constantly bullied at school, Valerie and her boyfriend create an “enemies” list. Now people are dead, and he pulled the trigger.
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Ender’s Game [Series]
Orson Scott Card (YA CARD)
One boy will decide the fate of the world in the battle versus the alien menace!
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Graceling [Series]
Kristin Cashore (YA CASHORE)
Katsa’s extraordinary Grace? Killing. The King’s new problem? She’s not going to let him use her as a hired thug anymore.
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The Siren
Kiera Cass (YA CASS)
The Ocean saved her from drowning, but the price was to lure others to their deaths as a Siren. Then she meets Akinli, a human whose love is all she could ever want. But this would be against all rules of the Ocean.
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Clockwork Angel [Series]
Cassandra Clare (YA CLARE)
Infernal Devices Series. In 1878, Tessa travels to London, where she learns about her “talent..”
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The Living [Has a Sequel]
Matt De La Pena (YA DE LA PENA)
After an earthquake destroys California and a tsunami wrecks the luxury cruise ship where he is a summer employee, high schooler Shy confronts another deadly surprise.
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Saint Anything
Sarah Dessen (YA DESSEN)
When Sydney’s older charismatic brother is sent to jail, she’s left feeling lost at home and in the world...until she meets the Chathams and gentle, protective Mac.
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Copper Sun
Sharon Draper (YA DRAPER)
Shipped as a slave to the Carolinas, Amari is subjected to the cruelties of plantation life.
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If I Stay [Has a Sequel]
Gayle Forman (YA FORMAN)
When Mia’s family is killed in a tragic car accident, she is left comatose. Now she must make the ultimate decision—stay or go?
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Will Grayson, Will Grayson [Has a Companion Novel]
John Green & David Levithan (YA GREEN)
When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined.
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I Crawl Through It
A.S. King (YA KING)
Four teenagers find unconventional ways to escape standardized tests and their otherwise perilous and surrealistic world, but discover the only escape from reality is to face it head on.
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We Were Liars
E.Lockhart (YA LOCKHART)
Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Mass. with cousins and a special boy named Gat is routine. But now Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her 15th summer.
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Wicked Lovely [Series]
Melissa Marr (YA MARR)
Aislinn sees faeries. Unfortunately for her, that means she’s caught in the crossfire between two very powerful ones!
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I'll Give You the Sun

Jandy Nelson (YA FORMAN)
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.
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1984
George Orwell (YA ORWELL)
Long before there were The Hunger Games, there was this bleak look at a totalitarian future. A must-read!
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Gabi, A Girl in Pieces
Isabel Quintero (YA QUINTERO)
Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school, coping with one friend’s pregnancy, another’s coming out and her father's meth habit. Not to mention her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity.
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Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell (YA ROWELL)
Over the course of one school year in 1986, two star-crossed misfits are smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
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Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger (YA SALINGER)
Enter the world of Holden Caulfield—16 years old, expelled from school, and surrounded by phonies.
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Salt to the Sea
Ruta Sepetys (YA SEPETYS)
Thousands of refugees are on a long desperate trek toward their ship and freedom from WWII East Prussia. Three strangers will need all their collective strength, courage and trust to survive.
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Winger [Has a Sequel]
Andrew Smith (YA SMITH)
Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with life on his own.
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The Raven Boys [Series]
Maggie Stiefvater (YA STIEFVATER)
For the first time in her life, Blue Sargent has trusted friends. Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. The trick with found things though? How easily they can be lost.
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The Memory of Light
Francisco Stork (YA STORK)
Much to her regret, her suicide attempt didn’t work. Now she’s in a psychiatric ward. But Dr. Desai and shared experiences from other patients leads to deeper self- knowledge and a path forward.
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Trust Me, I’m Lying
Mary Elizabeth Summer (YA SUMMER)
Thanks to her father, Julep is a master con artist, which helps her raise tuition cash through petty scams for fellow students at her private school. But after her father goes missing, she’ll need their help.
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This One Summer [Graphic Novel]
Mariko Tamaki (YA TAMAKI)
This summer is at the beach is different for Rose—she’s noticing things they didn’t see before. Drama with the local teens, fighting parents...is this what growing up means?
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Daughter of Smoke and Bone [Trilogy]
Laini Taylor (YA TAYLOR)
Art student Karou finds herself caught in a battle between two ancient warring races—angels and chimaera-one of which she belongs to. Now, she’s falling in love with the other side...
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The List
Siobhan Vivian (YA Vivian)
It’s posted around the high school every year. The list of the prettiest and ugliest girls from each grade. Follow eight girls from this year's list as their lives change forever.
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Code Name Verity [Has a Sequel]
Elizabeth Wein (YA Wein)
When her British plane is shot down over Nazi occupied France in 1943 “Verity” is captured as a spy. She has no choice but to give up all of her secrets in order to survive.
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Noggin
John Corey Whaley (YA WHALEY)
After dying at age sixteen, Travis Coates' head was removed and frozen for five years before being attached to another body, and now the old Travis and the new must find a way to coexist while figuring out changes in his relationships.