9th Grade Reading List

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Welcome to High school. I’ve compiled a list of books for 9th Grade, many of which will be great for social studies and english but reading is important and encouraged so I’ve added far more than just for those two subjects. Here is the printable as well.


Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas

The Three Musketeers is a novel by Alexandre Dumas. Set in the 17th century, it recounts the adventures of a young man named d’Artagnan after he leaves home to travel to Paris, to join the Musketeers of the Guard. D’Artagnan is not one of the musketeers of the title; those being his friends Athos, Porthos and Aramis, inseparable friends who live by the motto “all for one, one for all”, a motto which is first put forth by d’Artagnan. In genre, The Three Musketeers is primarily a historical novel and adventure. However Dumas also frequently works into the plot various injustices, abuses and absurdities of the ancien regime, giving the novel an additional political aspect at a time when the debate in France between republicans and monarchists was still fierce. The story was first serialized from March to July 1844, during the July monarchy, four years before the French Revolution of 1848 violently established the second Republic. The author’s father, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas had been a well-known general in France’s Republican army during the French revolutionary wars. Although adaptations tend to portray d’Artagnan and the three musketeers as heroes, the novel portrays less appealing characters, who are willing to commit violence over slight insults and through unquestioning loyalty to the king and queen, and treat their servants and supposed social inferiors with contempt and violence.

Whites and the Blues by  Alexander Dumas

During the French Revolution, young Charles is sent to be tutored by Euloge Schneider. But Schneider has become the Public Prosecutor for the town, and is now known as a bloodthirsty monster. Only Saint Just, the Angel of Death, can save the day. The last of Dumas’s plays to be performed during his lifetime, The Whites and the Blues is an undiscovered masterpiece of suspense.

Taking the Bastille by Alexander Dumas

Alexandre Dumas (24 July 1802 – 5 December 1870), also known as Alexandre Dumas père (French for ‘father’), was a French writer. His works have been translated into many languages, and he is one of the most widely read French authors. Many of his historical novels of high adventure were originally published as serials, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later. His novels have been adapted since the early twentieth century for nearly 200 films. Dumas’ last novel, The Knight of Sainte-Hermine, unfinished at his death, was completed by scholar Claude Schopp and published in 2005. It was published in English in 2008 as The Last Cavalier.

Twenty Years After by Alexander Dumas

First serialized in 1845, Alexandre Dumas’ “Twenty Years After” is the second part of the “D’Artagnan Romances”, the first sequel to “The Three Musketeers”. It was followed by “The Vicomte de Bragelonne”, which was first serialized in 1847. Dumas’s beloved characters return for more adventurous duty, and as the title suggests, two decades have elapsed since D’Artagnan and his friends have prevailed over the evil machinations of Cardinal Richelieu and the icy Milady. However, danger and political intrigue still abound in both France and England, where the former is on the brink of civil war and the latter is nearly in the control of Cromwell. Due to the scheming of Cardinal Mazarin and the malevolent Mordaunt, son of Milady, the retired Musketeers find themselves whisked out of retirement and directly into the center of danger and intrigue as they fight to save the young Louis XIV in France and Charles I in England from plots against the monarchs. Dumas’ story is full of the chaotic swirl of stratagems, conflicted loyalties, and thrilling battles as the valiant and aging Musketeers fight for Queen and country. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper.

Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas’ epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s.

Robin Buss’s lively English translation is complete and unabridged, and remains faithful to the style of Dumas’s original. This edition includes an introduction, explanatory notes and suggestions for further reading.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights is Emily Brontë’s first and only published novel, written between October 1845 and June 1846, and published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell; Brontë died the following year, aged 30. The decision to publish came after the success of her sister Charlotte’s novel, Jane Eyre. After Emily’s death, Charlotte edited the manuscript of Wuthering Heights, and arranged for the edited version to be published as a posthumous second edition in 1850.Wuthering Heights is the name of the farmhouse where the story unfolds. The book’s core theme is the destructive effect of jealousy and vengefulness both on the jealous or vengeful individuals and on their communities.

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, A Lesson Before Dying is a deep and compassionate novel about a young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to visit a black youth on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting. 

The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

Written at a time of profound anxiety caused by the illness of his mother, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck draws on his memories of childhood in these stories about a boy who embodies both the rebellious spirit and the contradictory desire for acceptance of early adolescence. Unlike most coming-of-age stories, the cycle does not end with a hero “matured” by circumstances. As John Seelye writes in his introduction, reversing common interpretations, The Red Pony is imbued with a sense of loss. Jody’s encounters with birth and death express a common theme in Steinbeck’s fiction: They are parts of the ongoing process of life, “resolving” nothing. The Red Pony was central not only to Steinbeck’s emergence as a major American novelist but to the shaping of a distinctly mid twentieth-century genre, opening up a new range of possibilities about the fictional presence of a child’s world. This edition contains an introduction by John Seelye.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

All American Girl by Meg Cabot

Samantha Madison is just your average sophomore gal living in DC when, in an inadvertent moment sandwiched between cookie-buying and CD-perusing, she puts a stop to an attempt on the life of the president. Before she can say “MTV2” she’s appointed Teen Ambassador to the UN and has caught the eye of the very cute First Son.

Featuring Meg Cabot’s delightful sense of humor and signature romance that made The Princess Diaries such a hit, this New York Times bestselling standalone novel is sure to please fans and new readers alike.

The Book of Fred by Abby Bardi

Raised in an isolated, reclusive fundamentalist sect, Mary Fred Anderson finds her life turned upside down when she is uprooted and placed in foster care in the Cullison household, where her new housemates introduce her to a whole new world, until a horrifying act of violence forces her to confront everything about her life and past. A first novel. 25,000 first printing.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is a novel by Herman Melville, in which Ishmael narrates the monomaniacal quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler Pequod, for revenge on the albino sperm whale Moby Dick, which on a previous voyage destroyed Ahab’s ship and severed his leg at the knee. Although the novel was a commercial failure and out of print at the time of the author’s death in 1891, its reputation grew immensely during the twentieth century. D. H. Lawrence called it “one of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world,” and “the greatest book of the sea ever written.” Moby-Dick is considered a Great American Novel and an outstanding work of the Romantic period in America and the American Renaissance. “Call me Ishmael” is one of world literature’s most famous opening sentences. The product of a year and a half of writing, the book is dedicated to Nathaniel Hawthorne, “in token of my admiration for his genius,” and draws on Melville’s experience at sea, on his reading in whaling literature, and on literary inspirations such as Shakespeare and the Bible. The detailed and realistic descriptions of whale hunting and of extracting whale oil, as well as life aboard ship among a culturally diverse crew, are mixed with exploration of class and social status, good and evil, and the existence of God. In addition to narrative prose, Melville uses styles and literary devices ranging from songs, poetry and catalogs to Shakespearean stage directions, soliloquies and asides. The author changed the title at the very last moment in September 1851. The work first appeared as The Whale in London in October 1851, and then under its definitive title Moby-Dick in New York in November. The whale, however, appears in both the London and New York editions as “Moby Dick,” with no hyphen. The British edition of five hundred copies was not reprinted during the author’s life, the American of almost three thousand was reprinted three times at approximately 250 copies, the last reprinting in 1871. These figures are exaggerated because three hundred copies were destroyed in a fire at Harper’s; only 3,200 copies were actually sold during the author’s life.

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

After suffering rejection from seven major publishers, The Chocolate War made its debut in 1974, and quickly became a bestselling—and provocative—classic for young adults. This chilling portrait of an all-boys prep school casts an unflinching eye on the pitfalls of conformity and corruption in our most elite cultural institutions.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

That was Then, This is Now by  S.E. Hinton

Bless the Beasts and the Children by Swarthout

Talisman by Sir Walter Scott

Tale of Two Cities by  Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. With well over 200 million copies sold, it ranks amongst the most famous works in the history of literary fiction. The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralised by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period. It follows the lives of several characters through these events. The 45-chapter novel was published in 31 weekly instalments in Dickens’s new literary periodical titled All the Year Round. From April 1859 to November 1859, Dickens also republished the chapters as eight monthly sections in green covers. All but three of Dickens’s previous novels had appeared only as monthly instalments. The first weekly instalment of A Tale of Two Cities ran in the first issue of All the Year Round on 30 April 1859. The last ran thirty weeks later, on 26 November.

 Silas Marner, George Eliot

Speak, Laura Anderson

Travels in Africa, Mungo Park

Home Before Dark, Sue Ellen Bridgers

The Island, Gary Paulsen

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

They are an unlikely pair: George is “small and quick and dark of face”; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a “family,” clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation.

Laborers in California’s dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie’s unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.

Likely Lad, Gillian Avery

Lion’s Paw, D.R. Sherman

Little White Horse, Elizabeth Goudge

Lord of the Rings Trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkein

Lost World, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Mama’s Bank Account, Kathryn Forbes

Moonstone, Willie Collins

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

This carefully crafted ebook: “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (The Classic Unabridged Edition)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the original title of a novella written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson that was first published in 1886. The work is commonly known today as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or simply Jekyll & Hyde. It is about a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson, who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll and the evil Edward Hyde. The work is commonly associated with the rare mental condition often called “split personality” where, within the same body, there exists more than one distinct personality. Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world.

Sanders of the River by  Edgar Wallace

Quatre-Vingt-Treize by Victor Hugo

Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Middle march by  George Eliot

Legends of the Alhambra, by Washington Irving

Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

Greek Way to Western Civilization by Edith Hamilton

Four Horsemen of Apocalypse by Blasco Ibanez

Well at the World’s End by William Morris

Voyage Round the World by William Dampier

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

A Separate Peace by Knowles

The Good Earth by Pearl Buck

Non Fiction

All Quiet on the Western Front by Remarque 

Night by Elie Wiesel 

Miracle Worker by  William Gibson

Alicia: My Story by Alicia Appleman-Juman

A Polish teenager escapes the Nazis and helps other Jews in the progress. I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust by L. Bitton-Jackson 

The memoir of a teenager who was in Auschwitz.
Into Thin Air by Jan Krakauer
In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke 

The story of a Polish Catholic teenager who saves 16 Jews during WWII.
The Pigman and Me by Paul Zindel
I Was a Teenage Professional Wrestler by Ted Lewin
Life and Death of Crazy Horse by Russell Freedman
Knots in my Yo-Yo String by Jerry Spinelli
Savion: My Life in Tap by Savion Glover and Bruce Weber
Lives of Extraordinary women: Rulers, Rebels (and what the neighbors thought) by Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt
Pick & Shovel Poet: The Journeys of Pascal D’Angelo by Jim Murphy
Red Scarf Girl by Jiang
Chinese Cinderella by Mah
My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen
Hawk: Occupation: Skateboarder by Tony Hawk
Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance by Jenniffer Armstrong
Maus by Art Spiegleman
Buttons Bones, and the Organ Grinders Monkey: Tales of Historical Archaeology by Meg Greene
A Child Called It: One Child’s Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer
Radsports Guides by Tracey Maurer
Phineas Gage: Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science by John Fleischman
Meltdown: A Race Against Nuclear Disaster at Three Mile Island by Wilbron Hampton
American Islam: Growing Up Muslim in America by Richard Wormser
Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam by Walter Dean Myers
The DK Secret Worlds Series, especially Code Breakers and Gladiators Guts by Gary Paulsen
Don’t Step on the Foul Line: Sports Superstitions by George Sullivan
October Sky by Homer Hickam
Within Reach by Mark Pfezer
The Greatest by Walter Dean Myers
The Great Fire by Jim Murphy
The Blizzard by Jim Murphy
The Sports Fan’s Ultimate Trivia Book by Bob Mann (Orca Press)
Food Rules! The Stuff You Munch, Its Crunch, Its Punch, and Why You Sometimes Lose Your Lunch by Bill Haduch.
Forensic Science:  Evidence, Clues and Investigation by Andrea Campbell
Freaky Facts about Natural Disaster and More Freaky Facts About Natural Disasters by Mary Barnes and Kathleen Duey (Aladdin)
Olympia: Warrior Athletes of Ancient Greece by David Blacklock.  Illustrated by David Kennett.
Hole In My Life by Jack Gantos
Bad Boy: A Memoir by Walter Dean Myers
No More Strangers Now: Young Voices from a New South Africa, by Tim McKee
The Rose That Grew >From Concrete by Tupac Shakur
Hidden Evidence: 40 True Crimes and How Forensic Science Helped Solve Them by David Owen
Baseball Parks (Sports Placs) by Thomas S. Owens
Twin Tales: The Magic and Mystery of Multiple Birth by Donna M. Jackson
Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell
Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis by Pete Nelson
Fingerprints and Talking Bones: How real-life crimes are solved By Charlotte Foltz Jones and The Bone Detectives: how forensic anthropologists solve crimes and uncover mysteries of the dead by Donna Jackson