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Heart of Darkness.  I just read this again for the first time in 20 years.  I liked it a lot better this time.  It was bound with a couple of other of Joseph Conrad's novellas that I also enjoyed:  The Secret Sharer and Amy Foster.  A boy probably wouldn't enjoy Amy Foster, but The Secret Sharer might appeal--it was quite suspenseful.

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novellas good for 9th grade:

Animal Farm (Orwell)

The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway)

The Pearl (Steinbeck)

Call of the Wild (London)

A Christmas Carol (Dickens)

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Stevenson)

The Invisible Man (Wells)

Farmer Giles of Ham (Tolkien)

The Little Prince (de Saint-Exupery)

Murder on the Orient Express (Christie)


you might also consider counting some short YA novels as novellas:

The Giver (Lowry)

Tuck Everlasting (Babbitt)

The King's Fifth (O'Dell)

The Bronze Bow (Speare)

I Am David (Holm)

The Great and Terrible Quest (Lovett)


good short stories for 9th grade:

The Monkey's Paw (Jacobs)

Rikki Tikki Tavi (Kipling)

The Open Window (Saki)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Thurber)

Story Without an End (Twain)

The Red-Headed League (Doyle)

A Scandal in Bohemia (Doyle)

The Lady or the Tiger (Stocken) -- the famous first "you decide" story ending

The Most Dangerous Game (Connell)

 Lamb to the Slaughter (Dahl)

There Will Come Soft Rains (Bradbury)

A Sound of Thunder (Bradbury)

The Tell-Tale Heart (Poe)

The Ransom of Red Chief (Henry)

The Open Window (Saki)

a Wooster and Jeeves short story (PG Wodehouse)

Flowers for Algernon (Keyes)

Bride Comes to Yellow Sky (Crane)

Lamb to the Slaughter (Dahl)

The Happy Prince (Wilde)

The Necklace (de Maupassant)

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This year for 9th grade, dd is reading the novellas Animal Farm & The Pearl. Short stories she's reading include Never Bet the Devil Your Head - Edgar Allen Poe,

The Bet - Anton Chekhov, Rip Van Winkle - Washington Irving, and The Pit and the Pendulum - Edgar Allen Poe.



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