Category Archives: 9th Grade

Silent Days, Silent Dreams

This is a complex book.  It’s not a light read.  It can serve readers who read for a variety of purposes, and for the right audiences it would be worthy of a “Highly Recommended” rating.  It is a picture book … Continue reading

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A Very, Very Bad Thing by Jeffery Self

A Very, Very Bad Thing by Jeffery Self is written in a way that keeps readers wanting more. Narrated through the voice of Marley, a gay senior, the story begins by revealing that Marley has done something bad. Time shifts … Continue reading

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All The Crooked Saints

Filled with magical realism reminiscent of Isabel Allende, Maggie Steifvater takes readers to the fantasy of town of Bicho Raro, Colorado, where strangers find themselves coming to “find themselves”.   Three cousins, who act more like siblings, Beatriz, Daniel and Joaquin, all … Continue reading

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Wax by Gina Damico

Reviewed By: Shelley Walter, OHS Library Secretary This is the story of a teenage girl, Poppy, who is an aspiring actress. She has a nightmare performance and is ridiculed by her peers, namely a boy name Blake. Blake bullies her … Continue reading

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Hip-Hop Culture

Hip-Hop Culture, part of the Hip-Hop Insider series, takes one on an informative, fast-paced and fascinating trip through hip-hop history up to today’s influences such as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s use of hip-hop in Hamilton. Written by history teacher/author Judy Dodge Cummings, readers … Continue reading

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The Lost Causes

Written in the third person point of view, The Lost Causes tells the story of five teens who are just that: lost causes. Or so their parents, teachers, and counselors describe them as such. One is a rich depressive, another … Continue reading

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Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

Neal Bascomb, author of The Nazi Hunters, presents another griping true story of spies and survival as Norwegian commandos sabotage Hitler’s industrial fortress at Vemork, on a mission to prevent that Nazi’s from using their own nuclear bomb. Using alternating … Continue reading

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The Negro Leagues: Celebrating Baseball’s Unsung Heroes

The Negro Leagues: Celebrating Baseball’s Unsung Heroes by Matt Doeden is written in a simple, easy to understand format with lots of pictures, however, the issues are very complex.  At a time in history when baseball leagues were segregated by the color … Continue reading

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One Whole and Perfect Day

One Whole and Perfect Day, written by Australian YA award winning author Judith Clark, tells the story of Lily, who wishes she could be like the other girls at school. But doesn’t know how she can be, what with her … Continue reading

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Vanilla by Billy Merrell

The book Vanilla by Billy Merrell is beautifully written and have quickly become one of my favorites. The story follows two high school boys, Vanilla and Hunter, who have been in love since middle school. Their relationship is based first on … Continue reading

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Net Neutrality

Internet neutrality is a hot topic issue in the U.S. Congress at the moment.  The book Net Neutrality presents a concise forum for the discussion and explanation of different aspects regulating to the use and abuse of the world wide … Continue reading

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Black Holes: The Weird Science of the Most Mysterious Objects in the Universe

Black Holes by Sara Latta is non-fiction book that is a quick and captivating read for those who are interested in astronomy and physics but not becoming actual astronomers or physicists. Latta presents the history and backstory of how the … Continue reading

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Labyrinth

Labyrinth, by Israel Keats, is a juvenile fiction book in the science fiction genre that is fast paced and action packed. The story begins with two teens, a boy from a dysfunctional family who feels that he has nothing to … Continue reading

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Will’s Words: how William Shakespeare change the way you talk

A really approachable and informative non-fiction picture book that I think has a wide grade-range of appeal.  The illustrations are cartoonish enough to be inviting, but still do a good job of providing the reader with a visual context for … Continue reading

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The Last True Love Story

Like sappy love stories — this is not it.  The Last True Love Story does not take place in a high school.  The Last True Love Story does not have a female protagonist.  The Last True Love Story does not … Continue reading

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Plastic, Ahoy!: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean is a giant pile of garbage.  Scientists have studied the phenomenon, and the creators of this book journeyed to witness science in action.  They focus on three scientists, and show some of the … Continue reading

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Keep Me In Mind

When one of two star-crossed lovers full of teen agnst run falls off of a cliff in the 1st chapter, readers of Keep Me In Mind by Jaime Reed will be anxiously ready to turn the next pages.  Alternating chapters between … Continue reading

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Women with Wings: Women Pilots of World War ll

Significant, but overlooked, pilots of World War II are showcased in this important book by Shannon Baker Moore. We learn about women who were ahead of their times, wanting to do more than society was ready for them to do. … Continue reading

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The Icarus Show

The Icarus Show, by Sally Christie, is a tender and insightful examination of strategies used to cope with uncomfortable situations and how they can interfere with living a full life.  Alex has devised the perfect coping strategy for his first … Continue reading

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Illusion

Set on an island off the South Carolina coast, Illusion is the third book in the Heirs of Watson Island series.  Southern Gothic fiction steeped in mysticism and spirits with strange disappearances and characters who live for centuries, readers who … Continue reading

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Black River Falls

In this science fiction novel, teenage Cardinal Cassidy struggles to survive in a small town called Black River. Many people in the town have been struck with the Plague which erases one’s memories. Cardinal wears a black mask, giving him … Continue reading

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The Shadows We Know by Heart

The Shadows We Know by Heart is the story of a teenage girl, Leah, whose life has never been the same since the death of her brother ten years earlier. Her mother self medicates with alcohol, and her father is bitter with anger. And Leah … Continue reading

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Almost Autumn

Almost Autumn is set in the snow covered streets of Oslo, Norway, in October 1942. a 15 yr. old Jewish girl, Ilse Stern is waiting to meet Hermann Rod, the boy-next-door who she’s had a crush on forever, to go on their first … Continue reading

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Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake (Music Storybooks)

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet is presented as a picture book with stunning mixed media illustrations by renowned Mexican artist Gabriel Pacheco. In addition to beautiful telling of the story, the book includes information about the composer, background about the ballet, and descriptions and definitions of … Continue reading

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Make me the Best Football Player

Make Me the Best Football Player is part of the Make Me the Best Athlete series which, in addition to football, also includes the sports of track and field, baseball, basketball, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball. This non-fiction, easy to read text highlights five … Continue reading

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