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The Ultimate Year 9 Recommended Reading List to Keep You Entertained Over the Holidays

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Bored? Not sure how to spend your school holidays? Then this Year 9 reading list is just for you!

We’ve put together a reading (and watching!) list that’s sure to have something for you to dig into. Spending your time reading is a brilliant way to learn new things about the world, the English subject and most importantly, about yourself!

So take a look at a more in-depth summary via the links, and if any catches your eye, head to your local or school library catalogue!

This Year 9 reading list has been put together on the recommendations of NESA, which you can find here.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s dive right in!

Picture Books and Graphic Novels

Looking for reading lists for other year groups?

If you have a child in a different year group to Year 9, we’ve also got reading list for them! Check them out:

Year 1 | Year 2Year 3 | Year 4 | Year 5Year 6 | Year 7 & 8Year 10


All I Ever WantedVicki WakefieldAdolescence, growing up and resilience
Blue NoiseDebra OswaldMusic, bands and lovable characters
Deadly, Unna?Phillip GwynneThe Australian landscape and growing up with racism
DogsBill CondonDog racing and coming-of-age
EonAlison GoodmanDragons, magic and Asian mythology
Graffiti MoonCrowley CathFour teenagers discovering love
JinxMargaret WildGrief, family and growing up
SabrielGarth NixMagic, action and a whole new world
The BridgeJane HigginsWar and action in a dystopian setting
The Wrong BoySuzy ZailA girl living through the Holocaust
Wolf on the FoldJudith ClarkeA collection of short stories about the cycle of life

Picture Books and Graphic Novels

Artemis Fowl: The Graphic NovelEoin Colfer & Andrew Donkin
A 12-year-old criminal mastermind and his adventures
A Tale of Two CitiesDavid Zane MairowitzDrama amidst the French revolution
MemorialGary Crew & Shaun Tan
War and the importance of preserving memories
The RabbitsJohn Marsden & Shaun TanThe impacts of man on the environment
Sadako and the Thousand Paper CranesEleanor CoerrIllness, Japanese culture and a young girl’s courage
Where the Forest Meets the SeaJeannie BakerThe environment and the beauty of nature


Cold SkinSteven HerrickMurder and mysteries in a small mining town
Poetry Speaks Who I Am Elise Paschen & Dominique Raccah
A collection of poetry on love, family, death and more
RemembranceEmily BrontëA sad, yet hopeful, love poem
Tapestry: Poetry for Secondary StudentsMichelle WilliamsA range of poems concerning adolescents
TopplingSally MurphyDominoes and heartwarming friendship in the face of illness
Thirty Australian PoetsFelicity PlunkettAn anthology of Australian poems


Apollo 13 (PG)Ron HowardNASA working to save the lives of three astronauts
Birthday Party (PG)Sejong ParkA boy living during the Korean War
Baraka (PG)Ron FrickeLife and religion
Careful He Might Hear You (PG)Carl SchultzA young boy whose life is upended by his aunt
Bride and Prejudice (PG)Gurinder ChadaA modern take on Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ set in India
Finding Neverland (PG)Marc ForsterThe life of the author of ‘Peter Pan’
Stand and Deliver (PG)Ramón MenéndezA maths teacher and the unruly students he teaches
The Cup (G)Khyentse NorbuA young Tibetan refugee with a love for soccer
The Importance of Being Earnest (G)Oliver ParkerSecret identities, romance and hilarity
Together (Chinese Film) (PG)Chen KaigeA young violin protégé’s struggle
Whale Rider (PG)Niki CaroFamily drama and whales


Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible VoyageAlfred LansingBritish explorer, Ernest Shackleton’s journey to reach the South Pole
From Kinglake to KabulNeil Grant & David Williams
Students from Kinglake and Kabul share stories of resilience, courage and hope in the face of adversity
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Everest DisasterJon KrakauerA thrilling account of the 1996 Mount Everest tragedy
Mao’s Last DancerLi CunxinA boy raised in rural China and his journey through ballet and life
Tea with ArwaArwa El MasriA memoir of a Muslim girl growing up in Australia
Spellbound (G)Jeffrey BlitzEight teenagers as they compete to win the National Spelling Bee
This Accursed LandLennard BickelA journey of survival in the Antarctic
Wrong about JapanPeter CareyA father and son as they journey through Japan

And that wraps up our Year 9 reading list! We hope this list helps you get started on your reading journey!

Don’t be afraid to give these texts a try — you’ll never know just what you might learn. Happy reading!

Want more? Check out our Year 10 reading list here!

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Millicent Tai hopes to one day become a full-time teacher and is currently studying a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science at UNSW. She enjoys tutoring students at Art of Smart in English and Maths and has loved reading and writing for as long as she can remember. In her spare time, you can find her avidly reading Christian biographies or fishing in Animal Crossing.

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