The Ripley Academy

Year 9 Reading List

  1. Title: Fahrenheit 451
    1. Author: Ray Bradbury
    2. Link?
    3. What is it about? A dystopian future where all books are to burned. The novel is considered a classic of dystopian fiction.

  1. Title: The Martian
    1. Author: Andy Weir
    2. Link?
    3. What is it about? Astronaut Mark Watney is left stranded on Mars and must survive with limited tools and resources.


  1. Title: Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation)
    1. Author: Laura Hillenbrand
    2. Link?
    3. What is it about?  A former Olympian’s courage, cunning, and fortitude following his plane crash in enemy territory. A thrilling survival epic. 

  1. Title: Ready Player One
    1. Author: Ernest Cline
    2. Link?
    3. What is it about? In the future of 2044 young people escape to the virtual world of the OASIS. For Wade Watts he has the opportunity of a lifetime to discovery hidden treasure and save the OASIS.

  1. Title: The Call of the Wild
    1. Author: Jack London
    2. Link? (This is a free web copy)
    3. What is it about? A young man travels with his dogs during the height of the American goldrush to seek fame, fortune and fulfilment in the wilds.


  1. Title: The Road to Winter
    1. Author: Mark Smith
    2. Link?
    3. What is it about? A boy living alone following a deadly civil war has to survive on Australia’s coast with just himself and his dog to rely on. Things change with a mysterious girl arrives and asks for his help.


  1. Title: Akarnae
    1. Author: Lynette Noni
    2. Link?
    3. What is it about? The first of the five-part MEDORAN CHRONICLES offers a new slant on magical parallel worlds – it’s Harry Potter meets X-Men, with a twist of Narnia. 

  1. Title: Warcross
    1. Author: Marie Lu
    2. Link?
    3. What is it about? For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn't just a game - it's a way of life. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally.


  1. Title: Dry
    1. Author: Neil Shusterman
    2. Link?
    3. What is it about? The drought – or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it – has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.
      Until the taps run dry.
      Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbours and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life – and the life of her brother – is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.