PA Summer Reading - Grades 10-12

Pillow Academy is excited to introduce a variation on our traditional summer reading assignments. In addition to reading the book(s) assigned by English teachers for each grade level, students in grades 10 through 12 will also choose one book from the list below to read before school starts in August. Members of the Pillow Academy faculty and staff compiled this list of books and are excited to share them with the students.

We have found that choice is a powerful motivator for our students and hope that everyone enjoys making the selection as well as reading the book. Parents should involve themselves in this choice to whatever degree enables them to be comfortable with it. We have included a wide variety of books on this list. Not all books are appropriate for all children or all families. Parents and students are encouraged to support local Greenwood businesses by ordering directly from this page. Most titles will be available and in stock at Turnrow. Others will arrive 1-2 days after ordering.

The Alchemist Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062315007
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Published: HarperOne - April 15th, 2014

An international bestseller

Over 80 million copies sold worldwide

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 pick

A special 25th anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new Foreword by Paulo Coelho.


All Over but the Shoutin' Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679774020
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Published: Vintage - September 8th, 1998

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year


All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501173219
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Published: Scribner - April 4th, 2017

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book, National Book Award finalist, more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occ


American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780385521697
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - September 15th, 2009

From the host of the Travel Channel’s “The Wild Within.”

A hunt for the American buffalo—an adventurous, fascinating examination of an animal that has haunted the American imagination.
 


The Ballad of the Sad Cafe: and Other Stories Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780618565863
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Published: Mariner Books - April 5th, 2005

A classic work that has charmed generations of readers, this collection assembles Carson McCullers’s best stories, including her beloved novella “The Ballad of the Sad Café.” A haunting tale of a human triangle that culminates in an astonishing brawl, the novella introduces readers to Miss Amelia, a formidable southern woman whose café serves as the town’s ga


Before We Were Yours: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780425284704
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 21st, 2019

THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT—A New York TimesUSA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller

For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a “thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal.”*


Bel Canto Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060838720
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 2nd, 2005

Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe.

“Blissfully Romantic….A strange, terrific, spellcasting story.” — San Francisco Chronicle


Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451626650
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

This fiftieth-anniversary edition commemorates Joseph Heller’s masterpiece with a new introduction; critical essays and reviews by Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Anthony Burgess, and others; rare papers and photos; and much more.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

Soon to be a Hulu limited series


Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History Cover Image
$20.95
ISBN: 9780618711901
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Published: Mariner Books - April 10th, 2006

A riveting tale of perseverance in the face of hardship, Cinderella Man is the chronicle of the boxer James J. Braddock, whose exceptional story of achievement against all odds was the subject of a major motion picture.


Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060594671
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 17th, 2011

“The classic trifecta of talent, heart, and a bone-deep sense of storytelling….A masterful performance, deftly rendered and deeply satisfying. For days on end, I woke with this story on my mind.”
   — David Wroblewski

 


The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375725609
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Published: Vintage - February 10th, 2004

This New York Times bestseller intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.


Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781601428295
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Published: Multnomah - April 19th, 2016

A generation stands on the brink of a "rebelution."

"Most people don't expect you to understand what we're going to tell you in this book. And even if you understand, they don't expect you to care. And even if you care, they don't expect you to do anything about it. And even if you do something about it, they don't expect it to last. We do." – Alex and Brett


Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
This stunning historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West was a major New York Times bestseller.

In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for


Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060670207
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Published: HarperOne - November 25th, 2003

The True Story of One Woman's Triumph of Faith

Newlywed American missionary Darlene Deibler Rose survived four years in a notorious Japanese prison camp set deep in the jungles of New Guinea. Thinking she was never to see her husband again, Darlene Rose was forced to sign a false confession and face the executioner's sword, only to be miraculously spared.


Fahrenheit 451: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781451673319
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 10th, 2012

Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out.


Fall from Grace: The Truth and Tragedy of
$16.99
ISBN: 9781683582014
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Sports Publishing - March 6th, 2018

Considered by Ty Cobb as “the finest natural hitter in the history of the game,” “Shoeless Joe” Jackson is ranked with the greatest players to ever step onto a baseball diamond.


The Glass Castle: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780743247542
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Published: Scribner - January 17th, 2006

Now a major motion picture from Lionsgate starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.

MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST
The perennially bestselling, extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, “nothing short of spectacular” (Entertainment Weekly) memoir from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers.

The


The Great Alone: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780312577230
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 6th, 2018

In Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone, a desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska only to find that their unpredictable environment is less threatening than the erratic behavior found in human nature.


The Great Divorce Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060652951
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Published: HarperOne - April 21st, 2015

C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce is a classic Christian allegorical tale about a bus ride from hell to heaven. An extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment, Lewis’s revolutionary idea in the The Great Divorce is that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside.


The Hate U Give Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

8 starred reviews ∙ Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best  ∙  William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book ∙ #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds


The Help Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425232200
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Published: Berkley - April 5th, 2011

The #1 New York Times bestselling novel and basis for the Academy Award-winning film—a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.


The House on Mango Street (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9780679734772
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 1991

The bestselling coming-of-age classic, acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught in schools and universities alike, and translated around the world from the winner of the 2018 PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400052189
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Published: Broadway Books - March 8th, 2011

Now an HBO® Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


In Cold Blood (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679745587
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Published: Vintage - February 1994

National Bestseller 

On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. 


Into the Wild Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780385486804
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Published: Anchor - January 20th, 1997

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.


Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385494786
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Published: Anchor - October 19th, 1999

National Bestseller 


Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot (Bill O'Reilly's Killing Series) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250136145
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - August 29th, 2017

A riveting historical narrative of the shocking events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the follow-up to mega-bestselling author Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln


Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever (Bill O'Reilly's Killing Series) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250105219
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - August 30th, 2016

A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega-bestselling author Bill O'Reilly


Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan (Bill O'Reilly's Killing Series) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781627790628
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - September 13th, 2016

The powerful and riveting new book in the multimillion-selling Killing series by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard


The Metamorphosis Cover Image
By Franz Kafka, Stanley Corngold (Translated by)
$5.95
ISBN: 9780553213690
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Published: Bantam Classics - February 1972

“When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.”


News of the World: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062409218
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 20th, 2017

Soon to be a Major Motion Picture Starring Tom Hanks 

National Book Award FinalistFiction


The Nightingale: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250080400
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - April 25th, 2017

A #1 New York Times bestseller, Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year, and soon to be a major motion picture, this unforgettable novel of love and strength in the face of war has enthralled a generation.


No One Is Coming to Save Us: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062472991
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Published: Ecco - February 6th, 2018

*WINNER OF THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD FOR DEBUT NOVEL*

*THE INAUGURAL SARAH JESSICA PARKER PICK FOR BOOK CLUB CENTRAL*

*SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 WILLIAM SAROYAN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR WRITING*

*SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 WILLIE MORRIS AWARD FOR SOUTHERN FICTION*


Outliers: The Story of Success Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316017930
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 7th, 2011

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?


The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060786502
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it -- from garden seeds to Scripture -- is calamitously transformed on African soil.


Redeeming Love: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781590525135
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Published: Multnomah - May 9th, 2005

A story of love that won't let go - no matter what!


The Secret Life of Bees Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142001745
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Published: Penguin Books - January 28th, 2003

The multi-million bestselling novel about a young girl's journey towards healing and the transforming power of love, from the award-winning author of The Invention of Wings


Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501126079
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Published: Scribner - May 8th, 2018

WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD and A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

A finalist for the Kirkus Prize, Andrew Carnegie Medal, Aspen Words Literary Prize, and a New York Times bestseller, this majestic, stirring, and widely praised novel from two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, the story of a family on a journey through rural Mississippi, is


Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781592407378
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Published: Avery - August 28th, 2012

The definitive biography of Chicago Bears superstar Walter Payton.

In the twelve years since his death from cancer, Walter Payton’s legend has only grown in magnitude.


The Things They Carried Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780618706419
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Published: Mariner Books - October 13th, 2009

The Things They Carried author Tim O’Brien is a co-writer on NBC’s hit show THIS IS US for episodes about Jack’s time in Vietnam.

A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory


The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780743298032
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Published: Washington Square Press - October 9th, 2007

Instant #1 New York Times bestseller

“Readers will feel the magnetic pull of this paean to words, books and the magical power of story.”—People

“Eerie and fascinating.”—USA TODAY

Sometimes, when you open the door to the past, what you confront is your destiny.

Reclusive author Vida W


Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812974492
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 29th, 2014

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.


Walden and Civil Disobedience Cover Image
By Henry David Thoreau, W. S. Merwin (Introduction by), William Howarth (Afterword by)
$5.95
ISBN: 9780451532169
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Published: Signet - July 3rd, 2012

Henry David Thoreau reflects on life, politics, and society in these two inspiring masterworks: Walden and Civil Disobedience.


Water for Elephants: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781565125605
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 2007

Over 10,000,000 copies in print worldwide
#1 New York Times Bestseller
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
A Newsday Favorite Book of 2006
A USA Today Bestseller
A Major Motion Picture starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz

 
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When Breath Becomes Air Cover Image
By Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese (Foreword by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780812988406
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Published: Random House - January 12th, 2016

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • This inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living?