J.S. Jaeger Deb, The Golden Wizard would be perfect for your 9 year-old. It is targeted to 9-12 year-olds and is a great read for all ages. Our goal in writing the Golden Wizard (and the entire Scrolls of Zndaria series) was to be able to read it to our younger children without censoring or blushing. We accomplished that goal while keeping it fast-paced and full of adventure.