9th Grade Books: List of the Best Books for 9th Graders

Reading is an important skill for students of all ages, and one of the best ways to help your 9th grader improve as a reader is to provide extra material for him or her to read after school. Read on for some of the best grade-appropriate books.

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Where Can I Find the Best Books for My 9th Grader?

Finding great books for your 9th grade student is as simple as doing a quick Internet search, scanning the library or visiting a local bookstore. Several educational websites offer grade-appropriate book lists, and many K-12 classrooms also make their reading lists available online. Libraries and bookstores likely have sections for young adults, but you can also ask for assistance if you're having trouble finding suitable material.

9th Grade Book List

1. Animal Farm by George Orwell

Originally published in the years following World War II, George Orwell's Animal Farm is a famous political allegory that depicts farm animals working together to overthrow their human leader. Unfortunately, the animals discover that achieving equality and justice isn't always possible when one of their own begins abusing his power. Although this is not a required reading for all students, it does offer a unique perspective to those looking to understand the political issues of that time period.

2. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Flowers for Algernon is a touching story of a man with a lower-than-average IQ who undergoes an experimental operation to become a genius, though for only a short time. For 9th graders interested in an enthralling novel that touches on societal, ethical and moral issues, this book is a must-read.

3. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Many teens struggle with pressure to excel in school, perform well in sports and maintain healthy relationships, so it's likely that your child will be able to relate to this book. It's Kind of a Funny Story is about Craig, a 15-year-old student who studies hard to be accepted into an elite high school but then begins to fall apart. As he spends time in a psychiatric hospital, Craig learns how to cope, and he begins focusing on his strengths and building new relationships.

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

As a freshman, Charlie struggles with the same challenges that most high school students face, like family troubles, making friends, new relationships, drugs and more. The novel consists of letters he has written to an anonymous reader, describing his thoughts, feelings and the situations he's in. Any child who has ever struggled with popularity or, at times, felt alone will be able to relate to Charlie's story.

5. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Strong female characters and the depiction of the mother/daughter bond make this an appealing book for most female students. Following the death of her mother and negative situations with her father and the townspeople, Lily runs away with her maid to find herself in an unexpected but welcomed situation. Set in the early 1960s, this novel touches on racial and feminist issues that were prevalent at the time.

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