English 9 Book Choices - 2020

 Image of Secret Life of Bees Cover The Secret Life of Bees

by Sue Monk Kidd
Year Published: 2001
Contemporary Literature

What really happened the day Lilly’s mom was killed? Can the truth live up to Lilly’s expectations?

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The Secret Life of Bees - Book Trailer


The Bean Trees
by Barbara Kingsolver
Year Published: 1988
Contemporary Fiction

Taylor Greer does not want to get pregnant and be stuck forever in her poor, rural Kentucky town like the other girls in her high school, so she buys an old clunker VW and sets off across America hoping for something more.

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The Bean Trees- Book Trailer
 Anderson Fever 1793

by Laurie Halse Anderson
Year Published: 2000
Historical Fiction

During the summer of 1793, when yellow fever breaks out, Mattie's world is turned upside-down.

At her feverish mother's insistence, Mattie flees the city with her grandfather. But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city turned frantic with disease.

To learn more about the book:

Fever 1793 - Book Trailer

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We Were Liars
by e. Lockhart
Year Published: 2014

We Were Liars breaks down the idea that what seems like a “perfect life” isn’t always so. This novel keeps you guessing as the entire story is shrouded in mystery.

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We Were Liars- Book Trailer

 The Book Thief book image The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
Year Published: 2007
Contemporary Literature

"It’s just a small story really, about, among other things:

* A girl
* Some words
* An accordionist
* Some fanatical Germans
* A Jewish fist fighter
* And quite a lot of thievery”

So good you would happily read it two times in a row.

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Book Trailer




by Octavia Butler
Year Published: 1979
Science Fiction
*Mature Content*

A 26 year old Black woman from 1976 California is suddenly transported to a plantation in pre-Civil War South Carolina. 

Why was she transported to this dangerous location in the first place? Will she survive long enough in order to live her true life in modern day?

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Kindred - Trailer