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					                                            9th GRADE LITERATURE
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Mitch Albom                                                             Susanna Kaysen
Tuesdays with Morrie (Lexile 830)                                       Girl, Interrupted (Lexile: 760)
The author, an alumnus of Brandeis University, tells of his             The author describes her two-year stay at a psychiatric
meetings with a former professor suffering from Lou Gehrig's            hospital renowned for its famous clientele and for its
disease and of the lessons he learned about life and death from his     progressive methods of treatment.
college mentor.
                                                                        Louis L’Amour
Dorothy Allison                                                         Trouble shooter (Lexile: 870)
Bastard out of Carolina (Lexile 900)                                    Hopalong Cassidy rides into a mystery involving a bloody
Ruth Ann Boatwright, a South Carolina bastard, tells her life with      trail and $60,000 in stolen gold when he sets out to find
her family and the emotional and physical violence she                  the cold-blooded killers who murdered his friend Pete and
experiences.                                                            stole the dead man's ranch.

Laurie Halse Anderson                                                   The walking drum (Lexile: 920)
Catalyst (Lexile 580)                                                   Kerbouchard, daring son of a corsair, embarks on a
Eighteen-year-old Kate, who sometimes chafes at being a                 dangerous journey to find and rescue his father.
preacher's daughter, finds herself losing control in her senior year
as she faces difficult neighbors, the possibility that she may not be   Patricia McCormick
accepted by the college of her choice, and an unexpected death.         Cut (Lexile: 660)
                                                                        While confined to a mental hospital, thirteen-year-old
Chains (Lexile 780)                                                     Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave            behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get
named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.         better.

Fever, 1793 (Lexile 580)                                                Sold (Lexile: 820)
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated          A novel in vignettes, in which Lakshmi, a thirteen-year-
from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance       old girl from Nepal, is sold into prostitution in India.
when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever
epidemic.                                                               Walter Dean Myers (We have 20+ books of his; here is
                                                                        a selection)
Speak (Lexile 680)                                                      Bad boy: A memoir (Lexile: 970)
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating          Author Walter Dean Myers describes his childhood in
effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.                       Harlem in the 1940s and 1950s, discussing his loving
                                                                        stepmother, his problems in school, his reasons for
Twisted (Lexile 680)                                                    leaving home, and his beginnings as a writer.
After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies
and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his          Game (Lexile:800)
tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when     Drew Lawson, counting on basketball to get him into
life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming        college and out of Harlem, struggles to keep his cool
himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.                       when the coach brings in two white players and puts them
                                                                        in positions that clearly threaten Drew's game.
Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death       Harlem Summer (Lexile: 910)
from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.                  In 1920s Harlem, sixteen-year-old saxophonist Mark
                                                                        Purvis struggles to advance his jazz career while working
Apollo                                                                  as a gopher for the new Africa-American magazine, "The
Bourbon Island 1730 (Graphic novel)                                     Crisis," and becoming involved with mobster Dutch
On Bourbon Island off the coast of Madagascar, a French                 Schultz.
ornithologist and his assistant are caught up in an adventure
involving slavery, colonialism, and the last days of the great          Monster (Lexile: 670)
pirates.                                                                While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-
                                                                        old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in
H.G. Bissinger                                                          the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to
Friday Night Lights (Lexile: 1260)                                      come to terms with the course his life has taken.
Follows the 1988 season of the Permian Panthers, a high school
football team in Odessa, Texas, exploring the lives of the players
and the impact of the championship team on the small town.              Sunrise over Fallujah (Lexile: 780)
                                                                        Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a
Ray Bradbury                                                            member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time
Dandelion Wine (Lexile: 880)                                            there profoundly changes him.
In a small town in 1928, a twelve year-old boy savors the magic of
childhood and the wonders of summer.                                    Rebbecca Ray
Fahrenheit 451 (Lexile: 890)                                            A fourteen-year-old English girl begins a torrid affair with
A bookburner official in a future fascist state finds out books are a   a friend of her father's while attempting to cope with
vital part of a culture he never knew. He clandestinely pursues         problems at home and school.
reading, until he is betrayed.
The Illustrated Man (Lexile: 680)                                       Push
Eighteen science fiction stories, including "The Other Foot", "Zero     Precious Jones, a sixteen-year-old girl who is pregnant
Hour," "The Long Rain," "Rocket Man," "The Last Night of the            with her second child by her father, is pushed by her
World," and "The Exiles."                                               courageous African-American teacher to learn to read,
                                                                        and discovers the truth about herself and her life.
The Martian Chronicles (Lexile: 740)
The first Earth people to attempt the colonization of Mars try to       Sandra Scoppettone
build their new world in the image of the civilization they have left   This dame for hire
behind.                                                                 After her boss goes to war, secretary Faye Quick finds
                                                                        herself running a detective agency in midtown Manhattan
Jim Carroll                                                             and trying to track down a cold-blooded killer who is
The Basketball Diaries                                                  stalking the city's streets.
A diary of the author's early teen years in the mid-1960s, telling
how he progressed from sniffing glue to shooting heroin while           Nicholas Sparks
playing basketball for Trinity High School in Manhattan.                The Choice
                                                                        Veterinarian Travis Parker is very content with his good
Chris Crutcher (except Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes)                    job, loyal friends, and waterfront home in North Carolina,
Athletic shorts: Short stories (Lexile: 1010)                           so he is not looking for love, especially not with his testy
A collection of short stories featuring characters from earlier books   new neighbor Gabby Holland, but he cannot seem to keep
by Chris Crutcher.                                                      from trying to ingratiate himself with her, even though he
                                                                        knows she has a longtime boyfriend, and it is not long
Chinese handcuffs (Lexile: 1040)                                        before they find themselves facing an important choice.
Still troubled by his older brother's violent suicide, eighteen-year-
old Dillon becomes deeply involved in the terrible secret of his        Dear John (Lexile: 850)
friend Jennifer, who feels she can tell no one what her stepfather is   After he is released from the Army, John Tyree plans to
doing to her.                                                           spend the rest of his life with University of North
                                                                        Carolina student Savannah Lynn Curtis, but the events of
Ironman (Lexile: 980)                                                   September 11 change everything.
While training for a triathlon, seventeen-year-old Bo attends an
anger management group at school which leads him to examine his         The notebook (Lexile: 850)
relationship with his father.                                           Noah Calhoun, recently returned from World War II in
                                                                        1946, buys an old plantation home in rural North
Running loose (Lexile: 870)                                             Carolina, where he contents himself with memories of his
Louie, a high school senior in a small Idaho town, learns about         first love, a girl he met fourteen years earlier, but then she
sportsmanship, love, and death as he matures.                           unexpectedly arrives at his door.

Whale talk (Lexile: 1000)                                               Ron Suskind
Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted      A hope in the unseen (Lexile: 1080)
teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his        Follows gifted African-American student Cedric Jennings
high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits        from his crime-infested high school in Washington D.C.
some of the school's less popular students.                             to his junior year at Brown University, discussing the
                                                                        problems he encountered along the road out of the ghetto.
Ben Joravsky
Hoop dreams: a true story of hardship and triumph (Lexile: 800)
A biography of Arthur Agee and William Gates, two promising
high school basketball players in Chicago whose experiences were
captured in the documentary film "Hoop Dreams."

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