Books for 9- and 10-Year-Old Readers

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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 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 (

The Adventures of Henry Whiskers by Gigi Priebe

The Adventures of Lettie Peppercorn by Sam Gayton

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

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko

The (Almost) Perfect Guide to Imperfect Boys by Barbara Dee

Animal Planet Adventures: Dolphin Rescue by Catherine Nichols

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake by Anne and Freya Dinshah

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

Art Play by Marion Deuchars

as if being 12-3/4 isn’t bad enough, my mother is running for president! by Donna Gephart

The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Audition by Maddie Ziegler

Audition & Subtraction by Amy Fellner Dominy

Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb


B by Sarah Kay

The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger by Jenny Meyerhoff

Bat 6 by Virginia Euwer Wollf

Belches, Burps, and Farts Oh My! by Artie Bennett

Becoming a Superhero by William Smith

Becoming Naomi Leon by PamMunoz Ryan

The Best Man by Richard Peck

Betti on the High Wire by Lisa Railsback

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

Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Bloom: A Girls Guide to Growing Up Gorgeous by Carmindy

Bloomability by Sharon Creech

Bodyguard: Recruit and Bodyguard: Hostage by Chris Bradford

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

The Book of Nonsense by David Michael Slater

The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards

Boston Jane by Jennifer Holm

Boy by Roald Dahl

Breakaway by Andrea Montalbano

Brooklyn Bridge by Karen Hesse

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

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 Crepe Makers’ Bond by Julie Crabtree

Curious Constructions by Michael Hurst


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)


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)


Fable Comics edited by Chris Duffy

The Falcon in the Glass by Susan Fletcher

Falcon’s Prey by Kristina Coia

Famous Phonies by Brianna DuMont

Fantastic Fugitives by Brianna DuMont

Fault Lines and Tectonic Plates by Kathleen M. Reilly

Fern Verdant and the Silver Rose by Diana Leszczynski

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

The First Book of Ore: The Foundry’s Edge by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz

Fish Finelli: Operation Fireball by E. S. Farber

Fishbone’s Song by Gary Paulsen

The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin

Fleabrain Loves Franny by Joanne Rocklin

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

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

Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Foiled by Jane Yolen

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

Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Friends and Frenemies: The Good, the Bad, and the Awkward by Jennifer Castle and Deborah Reber

The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson

Friendship Over by Julie Sternberg


Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth by Lee Welles

Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler

Giants Beware by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre

The Girl Who Rode the Wind by Stacy Gregg

The Glass Puzzle by Christine Brodien-Jones

Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Great Escapes by Judy Doge Cummings

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages


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 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)


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)

Just Add Magic by Cindy Callaghan


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)


The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards

Laugh with the Moon by Shana Burg

Let’s Make Some Great Art by Marion Deuchars

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

Longburrow: Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood

The Long Way Home by Gigi Priebe

Loving vs.Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell

Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper

Lymeria by Kristina Coia


The Magnificent 12: The Call by Michael Grant

The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

Masterpiece by Elise Broach

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

Maya Lin: Thinking With Her Hands by Susan Goldman Rubin

Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Mr. Cleghorn’s Seal by Judith Kerr

Mistress Masham’s Repose by T. H. White

Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins

Mother-Daughter Book Camp by Heather Vogel Frederick

The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick

The Mother-Daughter Cook Book by Lynette Rohrer Shirk

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien

Much Ado About Anne by Heather Vogel Frederick

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


Nerd Camp 2.0 by Elissa Brent Weissman

Nissa’s Place by A. LaFaye

The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions by Tracey Hecht

Noonie’s Masterpiece by Lisa Railsback

The Nora Notebooks #1: The Trouble With Ants by Claudia Mills


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

Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer Holm

OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy


The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall

Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder

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

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

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

The Pink Locker Society: Only Girls Allowed by Debra Moffitt

The Pink Locker Society: Best Kept Secret by Debra Moffitt

Piper Reed, The Great Gypsy by Kimberly Willis Holt

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

The Pony Whisperer: Team Challenge by Janet Rising

Possum Summer by Jen K. Blom

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

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


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


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

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

Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Hèléne Boudreau

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)

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

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


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

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: Overboard by Terry Lynn Johnson

Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg

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


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

Tiger Boy by Mitali Perkins

The Tighty Whitey Spider by Kenn Nesbitt

The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberley Griffiths Little

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


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

The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Under the Green Hill by Laura L. Sullivan

Uprooted by Lynne Reid Banks

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana

Upside Down Magic: Sticks and Stones by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins


Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth


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


The Year of Goodbyes by Debbie Levy

Yuri’s Brush with Magic by Maureen Crane Wartski


Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke

Zitface by Emily Howse

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