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English 9B Independent Novel Suggestions

Nathaniel C. Rockwood "GarrettPLC"
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)
Terrier (The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 1)
"The adventures of a young woman who, born in a slum, fights to clean up the streets a little."
Guards! Guards!
Guards! Guards!
"An extremely funny comedy/fantasy novel about a group of run-down town guards who would rather not be responsible for stopping a dragon."
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls)
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls)
"A young woman goes to a private school---only to discover that the Gallagher Academy is the world's foremost spy-training school."
The Ruins of Gorlan (The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1)
The Ruins of Gorlan (The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1)
"The tale of a young man who discovers he has a talent for stealth."
The Lightning Thief (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
The Lightning Thief (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
"A highschool student discovers that his father is a Greek god--and that his math teacher is a monster. Literally."
The Thief (The Queen's Thief, Book 1)
The Thief (The Queen's Thief, Book 1)
"A charming young man is released from prison so he can help his captors steal from the gods."
The Angel Experiment: A Maximum Ride Novel (Book 1)
The Angel Experiment: A Maximum Ride Novel (Book 1)
"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."
Sabriel (Old Kingdom)
Sabriel (Old Kingdom)
"A dark fantasy about a family with the power to control, and fight, the undead."
Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, Book 1)
Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, Book 1)
"Excellent adventure; a young woman decides she wants to be a knight, and switches places with her brother to achieve her goal."
Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl
"The story of a young boy---who is secretly a criminal mastermind and evil genius."
Redwall (Redwall, Book 1)
Redwall (Redwall, Book 1)
"A classic fantasy.... about an abbey run by mice. The descriptions of food, fantastical places, and cunning mysteries are excellent."
Sandry's Book (Circle of Magic, Book 1)
Sandry's Book (Circle of Magic, Book 1)
"Four young magic-users, each with a different power, are forced to work together to learn and control their magic."
Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories)
Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories)
"If Jane Austen had written fantasy novels, this would have been the sort of thing she wrote. Well written, funny, and--quite literally--enchanting."
Ash
Ash
"A retelling of the classic Cinderella myth, where the Prince isn't the one to rescue the girl; of LGBTQ interest."
A Confusion of Princes
A Confusion of Princes
"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."
Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One
Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One
"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."
The Ragwitch
The Ragwitch
"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."
So You Want to Be a Wizard
So You Want to Be a Wizard
"Wizards help protect the world from entropy---but Nita and Kit have to learn their magic very, very quickly."
CAPTAIN HORATIO HORNBLOWER: Vol. 1 BEAT TO QUARTERS
CAPTAIN HORATIO HORNBLOWER: Vol. 1 BEAT TO QUARTERS
"Adventure on the high sea!"
Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle
"A moving castle, a crazy magician, and a young girl cursed by a witch."
The Ear, the Eye and the Arm
The Ear, the Eye and the Arm
"Three detectives with unusual powers have to solve a mystery in a sci-fi dystopia."
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas
"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!"
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 25th Anniversary Edition
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 25th Anniversary Edition
"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."
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Hound of the Baskervilles
"Think you know Sherlock? Read this short novel, one of his best cases!"
Goblin Trilogy 1: Goblin Quest
Goblin Trilogy 1: Goblin Quest
"A cowardly goblin takes on the sort of adventure normally reserved for heroes!"
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, Book 1)
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, Book 1)
"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."
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
"A genetically enhanced genius, still a young boy, is sent to Battle School so he can learn to lead humans against an alien threat."
Uglies
Uglies
"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."
Storm Front (Dresden Files)
Storm Front (Dresden Files)
"Harry Dresden, Chicago's only publicly practicing wizard, is a private investigator who helps the police with crimes committed by vampires, werewolves, and demons."
The Secret of Platform 13
The Secret of Platform 13
"A boy raised by horrible foster parents discovers that he has a secret, magical heritage."
Dracula (Oxford World's Classics)
Dracula (Oxford World's Classics)
"The original vampire novel. Seriously worth reading."
The Glasswrights' Apprentice
The Glasswrights' Apprentice
"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."
Dune, 40th Anniversary Edition (Dune Chronicles, Book 1)
Dune, 40th Anniversary Edition (Dune Chronicles, Book 1)
"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."