Books for 9- and 10-Year-Old Readers

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Numbered Titles

The 13th Sign by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship, supernatural)

101 Puzzle Quizzes by the Grabarchuk Puzzle Family (puzzles)

100 Matchstick Puzzles by the Grabarchuk Family (puzzles)

A

A Different Day, A Different Destiny by Annette Laing (fantasy, historical fiction)

A Guide to the Other Side by Robert Imfeld (paranormal)

A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship, multicultural)

A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck (historical fiction, humor)

A True Princess by Diane Zahler (fantasy)

A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck (family issues, historical fiction, humor)

Abrakapow by Isaiah Campbell (friendship, historical fiction)

Ada Lace On the Case by Emily Calandrelli (Contemporary fiction, friendship, family issues, mystery)

The Adventures of Henry Whiskers by Gigi Priebe (adventure, animals, fantasy, historical fiction)

The Adventures of Lettie Peppercorn by Sam Gayton (family issues, fantasy, friendship)

The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton: Book I, Crash Landing on Ooleeoo by Angela Shelton (fantasy)

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (family issues, friendship, historical fiction)

Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko (family issues, friendship, historical fiction)

All Summer Long by Hope Larson (contemporary fiction, friendship, graphic novel)

The (Almost) Perfect Guide to Imperfect Boys by Barbara Dee (contemporary fiction, friendship)

Animal Planet Adventures: Dolphin Rescue by Catherine Nichols (contemporary fiction, environmental issues, mystery)

Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake by Anne and Freya Dinshah (cookbook)

The Armpit of Doom by Kenn Nesbitt, illustrated by Rafael Domingos

Armstrong and Charlie by Steven B. Frank (historical fiction, multicutural, race issues)

Art Play by Marion Deuchars (art, nonfiction)

as if being 12-3/4 isn’t bad enough, my mother is running for president! by Donna Gephart (contemporary fiction, family issues, humor)

The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce (bullying, fantasy, friendship)

The Audition by Maddie Ziegler (contemporary fiction, dance, friendship)

Audition & Subtraction by Amy Fellner Dominy (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship, religious issues)

Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb (family issues, friendship, historical fiction)

B

B by Sarah Kay (poetry)

The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger by Jenny Meyerhoff (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship, humor)

Be Prepared by Vera Bristol (family issues, friendship, graphic novel, humor, memoir)

Belches, Burps, and Farts Oh My! by Artie Bennett (facts, nonfiction)

Becoming a Superhero by William Smith (humor)

The Best Man by Richard Peck (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship, humor)

Betti on the High Wire by Lisa Railsback (contemporary fiction, family issues, foreign adoption, friendship)

The Biggest Burp Book Ever: Funny Poems for Kids by Kenn Nesbitt (poetry)

Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney (family issues, friendship, historical fiction, race issues)

Bloom: A Girls Guide to Growing Up Gorgeous by Carmindy (fashion, nonfiction, self-esteem)

Bloomability by Sharon Creech (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship)

Bodyguard: Recruit and Bodyguard: Hostage by Chris Bradford (adventure, contemporary fiction, friendship)

The Boggart Fights Back by Susan Cooper (contemporary fiction, environmental issues, fantasy, humor, Scottish folklore)

The Book of Nonsense by David Michael Slater (fantasy, family issues)

The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards (adventure, fairy tales, fantasy, friendship)

Boy by Roald Dahl (humor, history, memoir, nonfiction)

Breakaway by Andrea Montalbano (contemporary fiction, friendship, soccer, sports)

Brooklyn Bridge by Karen Hesse (historical fiction, immigration, multicultural)

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (history, memory, nonfiction, race issues)

C

Call Me Hope by Gretchen Olsen

Callie Be Gold by Michele Weber Hurwitz

Camp Rolling Hills by Stacy Davidowitz

Cast Off by Eve Yohalem

Castle in the Stars by Alex Alice

The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee by Barry Jonsberg

Chasing the Falconers by Gordon Korman

Christmas in Cooperstown by David A. Kelly

Cici’s Journal by Joris Chamblain and Aurélie Neyret

Circle of Secrets by Kimberley Griffiths Little

City of Grit and Gold by Maud Macrory Powell

Clementine and the Spring Trip by Sara Pennypacker

Cleopatra Rules! The Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen by Vicky Shecter

Code 7 by Bryan R. Johnson

The Confidence Code for Girls by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman (nonfiction)

The Crepe Makers’ Bond by Julie Crabtree

Curious Constructions by Michael Hurst

D

The Dam Keeper by Robert Kondo and Dice TsuTsumi (adventure, animals, graphic novel)

Darkbeast by Morgan Keyes (animals, fantasy)

The Darlings Are Forever by Melissa Kantor (contemporary fiction, friendship)

The Darlings in Love by Melissa Kantor (contemporary fiction, friendship)

The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson (historical fiction)

Dear Pen Pal by Heather Vogel Frederick (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship)

The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan (adventure, family issues, historical fiction)

Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter (memoir, nonfiction)

Dogsled Dreams by Terry Lynn Johnson (adventure, animals, contemporary fiction)

Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When by Annette Laing (adventure, historical fiction, time travel)

Don’t Feed the Boy by Irene Latham (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship)

The Doorway and the Deep by K. E. Ormsbee (adventure, fantasy, friendship)

E

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (fairy tales, fantasy)

Ellie’s Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell by Judith L. Li, illustrations by M. L. Herring (contemporary fiction, environmental issues, friendship issues)

Eruptions and Explosions by Judy Dodge Cummings (history, nonfiction, science)

F

Fable Comics edited by Chris Duffy (fables, graphic novel)

Fairy Spell by Marc Tyler Nobleman (history, nonfiction)

The Falcon in the Glass by Susan Fletcher (adventure, historical fiction)

Falcon’s Prey by Kristina Coia (fantasy)

Famous Phonies by Brianna DuMont (history, nonfiction, true tales)

Fantastic Fugitives by Brianna DuMont (history, nonfiction, true tales)

Fault Lines and Tectonic Plates by Kathleen M. Reilly (nonfiction, science)

Fern Verdant and the Silver Rose by Diana Leszczynski (environmental issues, fantasy)

The Fictional and (Sometimes) Fabulous Life of Ruby Starr by Deborah Lytton (contemporary fiction)

The First Book of Ore: The Foundry’s Edge by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz (adventure, science fiction)

Fish Finelli: Operation Fireball by E. S. Farber (adventure, contemporary fiction)

Fishbone’s Song by Gary Paulsen (historical fiction)

The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin (animals, contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship)

Fleabrain Loves Franny by Joanne Rocklin (animals, fantasy)

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen (contemporary fiction, environmental issues, family issues, friendship)

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (animals, family issues, fantasy, friendship)

Fly Girls by P. O’Connell Pearson (nonfiction, history, female pilots, World War II, true tales (history, nonfiction, female pilots, World War II)

Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship, multicultural)

Foiled by Jane Yolen (graphic novel)

The Forbidden Schoolhouse by Suzanne Jurmain (nonfiction, history, race issues)

Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce (art, contemporary fiction, family issues, humor)

Friends and Frenemies: The Good, the Bad, and the Awkward by Jennifer Castle and Deborah Reber (friendship, nonfiction)

The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson (fantasy, friendship issues, historical fiction)

Friendship Over by Julie Sternberg (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship)

G

Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth by Lee Welles (fantasy, environment)

Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler (adventure, contemporary fiction, friendship, supernatural)

Giants Beware by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre (adventure, graphic novel, humor)

The Gift of Dark Hollow (Longburrow series) by Kieran Larwood (adventure, animals, fantasy)

The Girl Who Rode the Wind by Stacy Gregg (contemporary fiction, friendship)

Girls Think of Everything by Catherine Thimmesh (biography, nonfiction)

The Glass Puzzle by Christine Brodien-Jones (adventure, fantasy, mystery)

Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (fairy tales)

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami (contemporary fiction, family issues)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (fantasy, paranormal, friendship)

Great Escapes by Judy Doge Cummings (nonfiction, true tales)

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages (family issues, friendship, historical fiction)

H

The Healing Spell by Kimberley Griffiths Little (contemporary fiction, family issues, fantasy, friendship)

Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (contemporary fiction, family issues, military)

Heaven’s to Betsy by Maud Hart Lovelace (historical fiction, friendship, romance)

Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers (history, true story)

Highlights Hidden Pictures Coloring Book for Grownup Children (coloring book)

Home for the Holidays by Heather Vogel Frederick (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship)

Horrid Henry’s Joke Book by Francesca Simon (humor)

How to Stop your Grownup From Making Bad Decisions by Judy Balan (contemporary fiction, family issues)

How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship, humor)

Hundred Percent by Karen Romano Young (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship)

I

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy (biography, nonfiction)

I Kill the Mockingbird by David Acampora (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship issues)

I Wish I May by David Stahler Jr. (fairy tales, fantasy, family issues, friendship issues)

Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson (adventure, contemporary fiction, sled dogs)

In Disguise! Undercover with Real Women Spies by Ryan Ann Hunter (history, nonfiction, true tales)

Isabella for Real by Margie Palatini (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship, humor)

It Ain’t So Awful Falafel by Firoozeh Duman (historical fiction, multicultural issues)

Ivy + Bean Make the Rules, written by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (contemporary fiction, friendship issues)

J

Jane and the Raven King by Stephen Chambers (adventure, fantasy)

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson (biography, history)

Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher (adventure, animals, good books for boys, historical fiction)

Just Add Magic by Cindy Callaghan (fantasy)

K

Kat Greene Comes Clean by Melissa Roske (contemporary fiction, family issues)

Keeping Safe the Stars by Sheila O’Connor (contemporary fiction, family issues)

Kimchi and Calamari by Rose Kent (adoption, contemporary fiction, family issues, multicultural)

Knockout by K. A. Holt (contemporary fiction, family issues)

L

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards (adventure, fantasy)

Laugh with the Moon by Shana Burg (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship)

Let’s Make Some Great Art by Marion Deuchars (nonfiction, art book)

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart (contemporary fiction, friendship, gender issues, mental health)

Longburrow: Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood (adventure, animals, fantasy)

The Long Way Home by Gigi Priebe (adventure, animals, fantasy)

Loving vs.Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell (history, nonfiction, race issues)

Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper (animals, fantasy, graphic novel)

Lymeria by Kristina Coia (fantasy)

M

The Magnificent 12: The Call by Michael Grant (adventure, fantasy)

The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis (adventure, fantasy)

Masterpiece by Elise Broach (adventure, animals, art, fantasy, friendship, humor)

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose (historical fiction, pioneers)

Maya Lin: Thinking With Her Hands by Susan Goldman Rubin (biography)

Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee (animals, contemporary fiction, fantasy)

Maze Quest by Travis Nichols (puzzles)

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern (contemporary fiction, family issues)

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce (contemporary fiction, family issues, fantasy, grief)

Mr. Cleghorn’s Seal by Judith Kerr (animals, friendship, historical fiction)

Mistress Masham’s Repose by T. H. White (fantasy)

Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship, multicultural)

Mother-Daughter Book Camp by Heather Vogel Frederick (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship)

The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship)

The Mother-Daughter Cook Book by Lynette Rohrer Shirk (cookbook)

Much Ado About Anne by Heather Vogel Frederick (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship)

My Real Name is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih (historical fiction, World War II Ukraine)

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stuart (adventure, friendship, mystery)

N

Nerd Camp 2.0 by Elissa Brent Weissman (adventure, contemporary fiction, family issues)

Nissa’s Place by A. LaFaye (family issues, historical fiction, race issues)

The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions by Tracey Hecht (adventure, animals, fantasy, mystery)

Noonie’s Masterpiece by Lisa Railsback (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship)

The Nora Notebooks #1: The Trouble With Ants by Claudia Mills (contemporary fiction, friendship, humor)

O

Odette’s Secrets by Maryann Macdonald

Older Than Dirt by Don Brown and Dr. Mike Perfit

Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen by Donna Gephart

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

One Witch at a Time by Stacy DeKeyser

Once Was a Time by Leila Sales

Operation Oleander by Valerie O. Patterson

Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French

OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy

P

Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist by Slyvia Acevedo

Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship)

Petey by Ben Mikaelson (disabilities, friendship issues, historical fiction)

Pigs Might Fly by Nick Abadzis and Jerel Dye (adventure, animals, graphic novel)

The Pink Locker Society: Only Girls Allowed by Debra Moffitt (contemporary fiction, friendship, mystery)

The Pink Locker Society: Best Kept Secret by Debra Moffitt (contemporary fiction, friendship, mystery)

Piper Reed, The Great Gypsy by Kimberly Willis Holt (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship, military families)

Pirates and Shipwrecks: True Stories by Tom McCarthy (history, nonfiction, true tales)

Playing Atari With Saddam Hussein by Jennifer Roy (history, memoir, nonfiction)

The Pony Whisperer: The Word on the Yard by Janet Rising (animals, fantasy)

The Pony Whisperer: Team Challenge by Janet Rising (animals, fantasy)

Possum Summer by Jen K. Blom (contemporary fiction, family issues)

The Postcard by Tony Abbott (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship issues, humor, mystery)

Promise the Night by Michaela MacColl (adventure,historical fiction, Africa, Beryl Markham)

Q

The Quest of the Warrior Sheep by Christine and Christopher Russell (animals, humor, fantasy)

R

Raja: Story of a Racehorse by Anne Hambleton (animals, contemporary fiction)

Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham (graphic novel, memoir)

Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Hèléne Boudreau (fantasy, family issues)

Rebel in a Dress Series: Cowgirls and Adventurers by Sylvia Branzei, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (nonfiction, history, true tales)

Rebels and Revolutions by Judy Dodge Cummings (nonfiction, history, true tales)

The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (historical fiction, Cuba, multicultural)

Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins (multicultural)

Ricky’s Atlas by Judith L. Li, illustrations by M. L. Herring (contemporary fiction, environmental issues)

Robots and Drones by Mairghread Scott and Jacob Chabot (graphic novel, science)

Rocky Road by Rose Kent (contemporary fiction, family issues, mental illness)

Rory’s Promise by Michaela MacColl and Rosemary Nichols (family issues, historical fiction)

Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant (family issues, friendship, historical fiction)

Rosie Flo’s Coloring Fashion Show by Roz Streeten (coloring book)

Ruby Starr by Deborah Lytton (contemporary fiction, friendship issues)

S

The Samantha Granger Experiment: Fused by Kari Lee Townsend

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

The Saturday Cooking Club: Kitchen Chaos by Deborah A. Levine and JillEllyn Riley

The Saturday Cooking Club: The Icing on the Cake by Deborah A. Levine and JillEllyn Riley

Saturdays With Hitchcock by Ellen Wittlinger

Second Fiddle by Rosanne Parry

Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Seraphina and the Splintered Heart by Robert Beatty

Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty

She Stood for Freedom by Loki Mulholland

The Short Seller by Elissa Brent Weissman

Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

Skylark and Wallcreeper by Anne O’Brien Carelli

Soccer Sisters: Lily Out of Bounds by Andrea Montalbano

Soldier Song by Debbie Levy

Some Writer! by Melissa Sweet

Sparrow Road by Sheila O’Connor

Speak Up! A Guide to Having Your Say and Speaking Your Mind by Halley Bondy

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Stormwalker by Mike Revell

St. Viper’s School for Super Villains: The Riotous Rocket Ship Robbery by Kim Donovan

Strange but True, America by John Hafnor

Strimko Book 1 by the Grabarchuk Family (puzzles)

The Summer I Saved the World…in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz

Summer of Lost and Found by Rebecca Behrens

Survival: True Stories by Tom McCarthy

Survivor Diaries: Lost by Terry Lynn Johnson (adventure, contemporary fiction, good books for boys, true tales)

Survivor Diaries: Overboard by Terry Lynn Johnson (adventure, contemporary fiction, good books for boys, true tales)

Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg

Sydney and Simon: To the Moon by Paul A. Reynolds and Peter H. Reynolds

T

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Di Camillo

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea, written by Ellis Weiner, illustrated by Jeremy Holmes

Things That Surprise You by Jennifer Maschari

Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught

This is Me from Now On by Barbara Dee

Thrilling Thieves by Brianna DuMont (biography, nonfiction, true tales)

Tiger Boy by Mitali Perkins

The Tighty Whitey Spider by Kenn Nesbitt

The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Tiny Infinities by J. H. Diehl (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship)

Tomb Raiders by Judy Dodge Cummings (historical true stories)

Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes

Tru and Nelle: A Christmas Tale by G. Neri

The Truth, I’m a Girl, I’m Smart and I Know Everything by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer by Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud

Truth or Dare by Barbara Dee

Trauma Queen by Barbara Dee

The Trouble With Ants by Claudia Mills

The True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp by Kathi Appelt

Tua and the Elephant by R. P. Harris, Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

U

The Ultimate Top Secret Guide to Taking Over the World story by Kenn Nesbitt, illustrations by Ethan Long (fantasy, humor)

The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce (contemporary fiction, friendship, immigration, multicultural)

Under the Green Hill by Laura L. Sullivan (fantasy)

Uprooted by Lynne Reid Banks (family issues, historical fiction)

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana (contemporary fiction, family issues, Hurricane Katrina)

Upside Down Magic: Sticks and Stones by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins (fantasy, friendship, humor)

V

Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth (contemporary fiction, friendship)

W

Walk the Wild Road by Nigel Hinton

Walter, the Story of a Rat by by Barbara Wersba, illustrated by Donna Diamond

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio and Will Staehle

The Water and the Wild by K. E. Ormsbee

Water Steps by A. LaFaye

Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata

What the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengren

Whatever After: Genie in a Bottle by Sarah Mlynowski

When Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens

When the Butterflies Came by Kimberley Griffiths Little

When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders by J. Patrick Lewis

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

White Sands, Red Menace by Ellen Klages

Wilf the Mighty Worrier Saves the World by Georgia Pritchett

Wilf the Mighty Worrier Battles a Pirate by Georgia Pritchett

Wish You Were Eyre by Heather Vogel Frederick

The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter

With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo

Women Making America by Heidi Hemming and Julie Hemming Savage

Y

The Year of Goodbyes by Debbie Levy (history, memoir, World War II Germany)

Yuri’s Brush with Magic by Maureen Crane Wartski (fairy tales, fantasy)

Z

Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke (adventure, fantasy, graphic novel)

Zitface by Emily Howse (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship)

 

 


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