Recommended Reads for Grades 9-10

Great reads for teens in Grades 9 & 10
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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Becky Albertalli (YA ALBERTALLI)
Not-so-openly-gay Simon is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate, or else his sexual identity will be revealed.
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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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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.
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The Living [Has a Sequel]
Matt De La Pena (YA DE LA PENA)
After a tsunami wrecks the luxury cruise ship where he is working for the summer, 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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I Have Lost My Way
Gayle Forman (YA FORMAN)
This story takes place during a single day when three teenagers meet suddenly. They soon discover they are all dealing with difficult circumstances and set about to work together to find purpose in their lives.
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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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The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge (YA HARDINGE)
Fourteen-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth.
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Still Life with Tornado
A.S. King (YA KING)
When Sarah, a talented artist, finds her creativity blocked, she confronts visions of her past and future selves before realizing the truth of her parents' marriage.
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We are Okay
Nina LaCour (YA LACOUR)
College freshman, Marin is struggling to  forget her past. Her ex-girlfriend/best friend Mabel is hoping to help. The result is painful yet poetic.

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March [Trilogy] [Graphic Novel]
John Lewis (YA GN 921 LEWIS)
This graphic novel is a first-hand account of the author's lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, spanning his youth in rural Alabama and his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr..
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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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I'll Give You the Sun
Jandy Nelson (YA NELSON)
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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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 is coping with one friend’s pregnancy, another’s coming out and her father's meth habit. Not to mention her cravings for food and cute boys. . . and the poetry that helps forge her own 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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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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Lumberjanes [Graphic Novel] [Series] 
Noelle Stevenson (YA STEVENSON)
Best friends Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley spend a fun summer at Lumberjane scout camp where they encounter yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons while solving a mystery that holds the fate of the world in the balance.
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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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This One Summer [Graphic Novel]
Mariko Tamaki (YA TAMAKI)
Rose’s summer is overshadowed by her parents' constant arguments, her younger friend's secret sorrows, and the dangerous activities of older teens.
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The Backstagers [Graphic Novel] [Series]
New student Jory reluctantly gives drama club a shot, but he quickly realizes that he's more at home with the diverse cast in the stage crew.

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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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Highly Illogical Behavior 
John Corey Whaley (YA WHALEY)
Agoraphobic sixteen-year-old Solomon has not left his house in three years, but Lisa is determined to change that—and to write a scholarship-winning essay based on the results.
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Everything, Everything
Nicola Yoon (YA YOON)
Confined to her home because she is allergic to the outside world, a teenage girl's life changes when she begins a romance with the new boy next door that challenges everything she's ever known.