Grade 9

Battle of the Dinosaur Bones: Othniel Charles Marsh vs Edward Drinker Cope

From the Series Scientific Rivalries and Scandals

In the 1880s, science witnessed a major shift: Charles Darwin proposed his theory of evolution. People dug up the first dinosaur fossils. And the field of paleontology—the study of ancient… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1020
  • ATOS: 7.5
  • Dewey: 560.97309'034

Battling Malaria: On the Front Lines against a Global Killer

In North America, mosquito bites are usually only a nuisance. But in areas such as Africa and Southeast Asia, the bite can be deadly. There, many mosquitoes transmit a disease called malaria—a Read More →

  • Dewey: 616.9'362

Beaten

From the Series Surviving Southside

Are they really the perfect couple? Paige, cheerleading captain at Southside High, and Ty, star running back, appear to be the perfect couple. But when they have their first fight, Ty… Read More →

  • Lexile: 590
  • ATOS: 4.0
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Beat the Odds

From the Series The Contest

The prize: $10 million The rules: Be the first to complete ten tasks assigned by the Benefactor. Do not ask questions. Do not tell anyone what you're doing. Do not fail. The consequences:… Read More →

  • Lexile: 600
  • ATOS: 4.5
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Becoming Prince Charming

From the Series Suddenly Royal

Seventeen-year-old Mason is content with his slacker lifestyle. That is, until he learns his absentee mother is a member of the Evonian royal family. Suddenly, everything changes—Mason… Read More →

  • Lexile: 740
  • ATOS: 5.0
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Beetle Boy

When he was seven, Charlie Porter never intended to become the world's youngest published author. He just wanted his father to stop crying. So he told him a story about a talking beetle—a… Read More →

  • Lexile: 710
  • ATOS: 4.6
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Behind the Screen

From the Series Mason Falls Mysteries

Hannah's sister, Alexis, has been acting different lately. For one thing, she's constantly on her phone when she never used to care that much about it. But after Hannah discovers that Alexis… Read More →

  • Lexile: 520
  • ATOS: 3.8
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Believe

When Janine Collins was six years old, she was the only survivor of a suicide bombing that killed her parents and dozens of others. Media coverage instantly turned her into a symbol of hope… Read More →

  • Lexile: 510
  • ATOS: 3.9
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Benito Runs

From the Series Surviving Southside

Running away is the only option. Benito's father, Xavier, had been in Iraq for more than a year. When he returns, Benito's family life is not the same. Xavier suffers from PTSD—post-traumatic Read More →

  • Lexile: 530
  • ATOS: 3.8
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Beowulf

From the Series First Avenue Classics ™

King Hrothgar of Denmark has a problem: though his land prospers, his great mead-hall is plagued nightly by a horrible beast, Grendel, that pillages and kills his men. Leaving his home in… Read More →

  • ATOS: 10.4
  • Dewey: 829'.3

Best Laid Plans

From the Series Lorimer SideStreets

Robyn's family has always struggled to make enough money to survive. Robyn's grandmother leaves them an apple orchard in B.C., Robyn thinks things will be different, but Robyn's father still… Read More →

  • Lexile: 830
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Better Than Picture Perfect

From the Series The Sharp Sisters

The Sharp sisters are bold, bright, sassy, stylin', and fierce. As the daughters of mayoral candidate Stanley Sharp, all eyes are on them as they attend high school. Every choice they make… Read More →

  • Lexile: 690
  • ATOS: 4.6
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Beyond Crazy

From the Series Lorimer SideStreets

Being in a band is Stelle's salvation. It is her escape from the chaotic clutter at home and her mother's depression. Even though she is able to lose herself for a few hours, pounding away on… Read More →

  • Lexile: 650
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Big Air

From the Series Lorimer Podium Sports Academy

Aboriginal snowboarder Jax has it made. He's in his last year at Podium Sports Academy and he's got a sponsorship from a big snowboarding company in the bag. But then his older brother… Read More →

  • Lexile: 580
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Bioluminescence: Nature and Science at Work

What do giant squids, mantis shrimp, and fireflies have in common? These animals, along with a wide range of creatures, are able to give off light; this is called bioluminescence. Different… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1250
  • ATOS: 8.6
  • Dewey: 572'.4358

Black Blizzard

From the Series Day of Disaster

Just when Tyler thought his day couldn't get any worse, his speech team's bus gets stuck in the middle of the desert. After an embarrassing screw-up that caused the team to lose, all Tyler… Read More →

  • Lexile: 660
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Dewey: [Fic]

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

In 2015 two powerful telescopes detected something physicists had been seeking for more than one hundred years—gravitational waves from the collision of two black holes. This announcement… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1090
  • Dewey: 523.8/875

Bleed, Blister, Puke, and Purge: The Dirty Secrets Behind Early American Medicine

Riots over the medical use of cadavers, public access to institutions for the insane, and full-blown surgeries without the aid of anesthetics or painkillers. Welcome to the middle ages of… Read More →

Blind Curve: Acura Integra

From the Series Turbocharged

An Acura Integra has been in Penny's family's garage for years. Now, after countless hours of work, Penny and her brother have turned the Acura into fine-tuned street-racing machine. But just… Read More →

  • Lexile: 630
  • ATOS: 4.0
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Blink

When Josh was four, a little girl named Rachel was kidnapped and never found. Twelve years later, Chatham Clairborne appears, apparently on the hunt for her runaway sister. But Josh suspects… Read More →

  • Lexile: 700
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Blood Moon

From the Series Midnight

Mateo has waited all year for this weekend: a road trip with his best friends to view the fabled blood moon eclipse. Even better, they're riding in the jeep he rebuilt himself. But when a… Read More →

  • Lexile: 620
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Blood on My Hands

All it takes is one second. One stupid move. One click of a cell phone. When Callie discovers Katherine sprawled on the ground, she bends down to help her. It's only natural—the party's been… Read More →

  • Lexile: 750
  • ATOS: 4.9
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Blow

From the Series Lorimer SideStreets

As far as Mary, a.k.a. Meringue, can tell, the only good thing about moving from Vancouver to Red Deer following her parents' divorce is that she was able to get a head-start on earning her… Read More →

  • Lexile: 530
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Blow Out

From the Series Counterattack

It's the start of a new soccer season, and Lacy Sheridan is anxious. She spent the winter recovering from a knee injury that still gives her nightmares. But Lacy is trying not to let fear get… Read More →

  • Lexile: 580
  • ATOS: 3.8
  • Dewey: [Fic]