English 9B Independent Novel Suggestions

A Listmania! list by Nathaniel C. Rockwood "GarrettPLC" (USA)
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The list author says: "This list is a collection of books I've reviewed as good choices for 9th-grade students of varying interest and ability levels---some books may be more challenging than others. However, since this list is simply to give ideas for a self-selected novel project, and is not a list of ASSIGNED books, students can take or leave these recommendations as they wish, and parents should be sure to review their choices."
Terrier (The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 1)
1.  Terrier (The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 1) by Tamora Pierce
The list author says:
  "The adventures of a young woman who, born in a slum, fights to clean up the streets a little."
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Guards! Guards!
2.  Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
The list author says:
  "An extremely funny comedy/fantasy novel about a group of run-down town guards who would rather not be responsible for stopping a dragon."
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I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls)
3.  I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls) by Ally Carter
The list author says:
  "A young woman goes to a private school---only to discover that the Gallagher Academy is the world's foremost spy-training school."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews) | 6 customer discussions

The Ruins of Gorlan (The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1)
4.  The Ruins of Gorlan (The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1) by John Flanagan
The list author says:
  "The tale of a young man who discovers he has a talent for stealth."
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The Lightning Thief (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
5.  The Lightning Thief (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) by Rick Riordan
The list author says:
  "A highschool student discovers that his father is a Greek god--and that his math teacher is a monster. Literally."
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The Thief (The Queen's Thief, Book 1)
6.  The Thief (The Queen's Thief, Book 1) by Megan Whalen Turner
The list author says:
  "A charming young man is released from prison so he can help his captors steal from the gods."
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The Angel Experiment: A Maximum Ride Novel (Book 1)
7.  The Angel Experiment: A Maximum Ride Novel (Book 1) by James Patterson
The list author says:
  "A high-intensity thriller about a band of kids who have escaped the lab where they were bred to have wings and other super-powers."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (981 customer reviews) | 13 customer discussions

Sabriel (The Old Kingdom)
8.  Sabriel (The Old Kingdom) by Garth Nix
The list author says:
  "A dark fantasy about a family with the power to control, and fight, the undead."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,182 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, Book 1)
9.  Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, Book 1) by Tamora Pierce
The list author says:
  "Excellent adventure; a young woman decides she wants to be a knight, and switches places with her brother to achieve her goal."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (725 customer reviews)

Artemis Fowl
10.  Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The list author says:
  "The story of a young boy---who is secretly a criminal mastermind and evil genius."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,342 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Redwall (Redwall, Book 1)
11.  Redwall (Redwall, Book 1) by Brian Jacques
The list author says:
  "A classic fantasy.... about an abbey run by mice. The descriptions of food, fantastical places, and cunning mysteries are excellent."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (886 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Sandry's Book (Circle of Magic, Book 1)
12.  Sandry's Book (Circle of Magic, Book 1) by Tamora Pierce
The list author says:
  "Four young magic-users, each with a different power, are forced to work together to learn and control their magic."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories)
13.  Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories) by Mary Robinette Kowal
The list author says:
  "If Jane Austen had written fantasy novels, this would have been the sort of thing she wrote. Well written, funny, and--quite literally--enchanting."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

Ash
14.  Ash by Malinda Lo
The list author says:
  "A retelling of the classic Cinderella myth, where the Prince isn't the one to rescue the girl; of LGBTQ interest."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

A Confusion of Princes
15.  A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix
The list author says:
  "In a far-future world where the ruling Princes are enhanced using mechanical, biological, and psychic abilities, the newest Prince and his Master of Assassins must survive...and conquer!
Sort of a new take on Dune."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One
16.  Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One by Patricia C. Wrede
The list author says:
  "Princess Cimorene doesn't let anyone push her around. Not even dragons. Rather than being captured by a dragon, she leaves home to work for one."
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The Ragwitch
17.  The Ragwitch by Garth Nix
The list author says:
  "When they discover a rag doll containing the spirit of an ancient, evil witch, a brother and sister pair are transported to a world of high adventure and constant danger."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

So You Want to Be a Wizard
18.  So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane
The list author says:
  "Wizards help protect the world from entropy---but Nita and Kit have to learn their magic very, very quickly."
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CAPTAIN HORATIO HORNBLOWER: Vol. 1 BEAT TO QUARTERS
19.  CAPTAIN HORATIO HORNBLOWER: Vol. 1 BEAT TO QUARTERS by C.S. Forester
The list author says:
  "Adventure on the high sea!"
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Howl's Moving Castle
20.  Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The list author says:
  "A moving castle, a crazy magician, and a young girl cursed by a witch."
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The Ear, the Eye and the Arm
21.  The Ear, the Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
The list author says:
  "Three detectives with unusual powers have to solve a mystery in a sci-fi dystopia."
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Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas
22.  Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi
The list author says:
  "A parody of the classic Star Trek problem: Everyone wearing a red shirt does something stupid and dies to prove how dangerous the situation is. Hilariously funny!"
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (960 customer reviews)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 25th Anniversary Edition
23.  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 25th Anniversary Edition by Douglas Adams
The list author says:
  "The earth is demolished to make way for an interstellar bypass, and Arthur Dent doesn't manage to rescue much more than his bathrobe and towel."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,466 customer reviews) | 15 customer discussions

The Hound of the Baskervilles
24.  The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
The list author says:
  "Think you know Sherlock? Read this short novel, one of his best cases!"
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Goblin Trilogy 1: Goblin Quest
25.  Goblin Trilogy 1: Goblin Quest by Jim C. Hines
The list author says:
  "A cowardly goblin takes on the sort of adventure normally reserved for heroes!"
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The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, Book 1)
26.  The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
The list author says:
  "In the world of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, nothing is ever easy; now, a new team of teens with Greek gods for parents has to save the world from itself."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,016 customer reviews) | 22 customer discussions

Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
27.  Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet) by Orson Scott Card
The list author says:
  "A genetically enhanced genius, still a young boy, is sent to Battle School so he can learn to lead humans against an alien threat."
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Uglies
28.  Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
The list author says:
  "Not so far in the future, everyone is REQUIRED to get cosmetic surgery at a young age. In this Dystopian society, anyone who doesn't is called an Ugly... An excellent sci-fi drama."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (986 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

Storm Front (Dresden Files)
29.  Storm Front (Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher
The list author says:
  "Harry Dresden, Chicago's only publicly practicing wizard, is a private investigator who helps the police with crimes committed by vampires, werewolves, and demons."
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The Secret of Platform 13
30.  The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
The list author says:
  "A boy raised by horrible foster parents discovers that he has a secret, magical heritage."
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Dracula (Oxford World's Classics)
31.  Dracula (Oxford World's Classics) by Bram Stoker
The list author says:
  "The original vampire novel. Seriously worth reading."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,530 customer reviews)

The Glasswrights' Apprentice
32.  The Glasswrights' Apprentice by Mindy Klasky
The list author says:
  "A spy thriller in an unusual fantasy world--Prince Charming (more or less) is assassinated, and the main character is the only one who can sort out the mess."
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Dune, 40th Anniversary Edition (Dune Chronicles, Book 1)
33.  Dune, 40th Anniversary Edition (Dune Chronicles, Book 1) by Frank Herbert
The list author says:
  "A classic SciFi set in a far future, where the rare and expensive drug Spice is power, and political Houses will do anything--ANYTHING--to control the planet it comes from: Dune."
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