9th Grade Books

Ninth grade students will discover themes around transformation and redemption, immigration and friendship, tragedy and prosperity as they read through these novels.

A Christmas Carol
  • Lexile 900L
  • ATOS Level 6.7
  • Word Count 28448
  • Page Count 68

A Christmas Carol

Since its publication in 1843, A Christmas Carol has become a cultural touchstone, imparting a message as relevant to our world today as it was in Dickens’ own Victorian age. As it tells the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve, the book reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. This timeless tale of transformation and redemption makes a perfect gift for anyone who loves great storytelling.

Anne of Green Gables
  • Lexile 1040L
  • ATOS Level 7.3
  • Word Count 97364
  • Page Count 308

Anne of Green Gables

“Eleven-year-old Anne Shirley has never known a real home. Since her parents’ deaths, she’s bounced around to foster homes and orphanages. When she is sent by mistake to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she wants to stay forever. But Anne is not the sturdy boy Matthew and Marilla were expecting.

She’s a mischievous, talkative redheaded girl with a fierce temper, who tumbles into one scrape after another. Anne is not like anybody else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special, a girl with an enormous imagination. All she’s ever wanted is to belong somewhere. And the longer she stays at Green Gables, the harder it is for anyone to imagine life without her.”

Dragonwings
  • Lexile 870L
  • ATOS Level 5.3
  • Word Count 68278
  • Page Count 314

Dragonwings

“Moon Shadow only knows two things about his father, Windrider: he lives in San Francisco and used to craft beautiful kites.

One day shortly after his eighth birthday, Cousin Hand Clap arrives with a letter from Windrider asking Moon Shadow to join him in San Francisco. When Moon Rider arrives in America he learns that his father makes a living doing laundry and dreams of building a flying machine just like the Wright Brothers. But making this fantastical dream a reality proves to be no easy task, as intolerance, poverty, and even an earthquake stand in their way.

Newbery Honor Book Dragonwings by Lawrence Yep takes readers on an adventure-filled journey across the world. Inspired by the story of a Chinese immigrant who created a flying machine in 1909, Dragonwings touches on the struggles and dreams of Chinese immigrants navigating opportunity and prejudice in San Francisco.”

Johnny Tremain
  • Lexile 840L
  • ATOS Level 5.9
  • Word Count 83124
  • Page Count 300

Johnny Tremain

“This Newbery Medal-winning novel about the Revolutionary War is a classic of children’s historical fiction.

Fourteen-year-old Johnny Tremain, an apprentice silversmith with a bright future ahead of him, injures his hand in a tragic accident, forcing him to look for other work. In his new job as a horse-boy, riding for the patriotic newspaper The Boston Observer and as a messenger for the Sons of Liberty, he encounters John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Dr. Joseph Warren. Soon Johnny is involved in the pivotal events of the American Revolution, from the Boston Tea Party to the first shots fired at Lexington. Powerful illustrations by artist Michael McCurdy bring this classic to life.”

My Name is Aram
  • Lexile 820L
  • ATOS Level
  • Word Count
  • Page Count 151

My Name is Aram

“Hailed by The New York Times as “”marvelously captivating,”” William Saroyan’s 1940 international bestseller recounts the exploits of an Armenian clan in northern California at the turn of the twentieth century. Based on the author’s loving and eccentric extended family, the characters in these 14 related short stories enact humorous and touching scenes from immigrant life.

Aram Garoghlanian narrates the tales, reflecting from an adult’s perspective on his boyhood adventures. Beginning with “”The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse,”” in which 9-year-old Aram and his cousin redeem themselves from wrongdoing, the stories conclude with “”A Word to Scoffers,”” which features an itinerant preacher’s sage advice to Aram as the young man departs from the San Joaquin Valley for the first time.”

Of Mice and Men
  • Lexile 630L
  • ATOS Level 4.5
  • Word Count 29572
  • Page Count 107

Of Mice and Men

“A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression.

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.”

The Call of the Wild
  • Lexile 1120L
  • ATOS Level 8.0
  • Word Count 37058
  • Page Count 62

The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild is Jack London’s story of a dog named Buck, a domesticated dog living at a ranch in the Santa Clara valley of California as the story opens. Stolen from his home and sold into the brutal existence of an Alaskan sled dog, he reverts to atavistic traits. Buck is forced to adjust to, and survive, cruel treatments and fight to dominate other dogs in a harsh climate. Eventually he sheds the veneer of civilization, relying on primordial instincts and lessons he learns, to emerge as a leader in the wild.

The Chosen
  • Lexile 900L
  • ATOS Level 6.6
  • Word Count 91589
  • Page Count 291

The Chosen

The Chosen is the now-classic story of two fathers and two sons and the pressures on all of them to pursue the religion they share in the way that is best suited to each. And as the boys grow into young men, they discover in the other a lost spiritual brother, and a link to an unexplored world that neither had ever considered before. In effect, they exchange places, and find the peace that neither will ever retreat from again. . . .

The Human Comedy
  • Lexile 760L
  • ATOS Level 5.8
  • Word Count 48446
  • Page Count 192

The Human Comedy

“The place is Ithaca, in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The time is World War II. The family is the Macauley’s—a mother, sister, and three brothers whose struggles and dreams reflect those of America’s second-generation immigrants. . . . In particular, fourteen-year-old Homer, determined to become one of the fastest telegraph messengers in the West, finds himself caught between reality and illusion as delivering his messages of wartime death, love, and money brings him face-to-face with human emotion at its most naked and raw.

Gentle, poignant and richly autobiographical, this delightful novel shows us the boy becoming the man in a world that even in the midst of war, appears sweeter, safer and more livable than out own.”

The Land
  • Lexile 760L
  • ATOS Level 5.0
  • Word Count 118345
  • Page Count 369

The Land

The son of a prosperous landowner and a former slave, Paul-Edward Logan is unlike any other boy he knows. His white father has acknowledged him and raised him openly-something unusual in post-Civil War Georgia. But as he grows into a man he learns that life for someone like him is not easy. Black people distrust him because he looks white. White people discriminate against him when they learn of his black heritage. Even within his own family he faces betrayal and degradation. So at the age of fourteen, he sets out toward the only dream he has ever had: to find land every bit as good as his father’s, and make it his own.

To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Lexile 860L
  • ATOS Level 5.6
  • Word Count 99121
  • Page Count 323

To Kill a Mockingbird

“Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred

One of the most cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.”

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