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.
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.
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
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
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.
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$17.00ISBN: 9780425284704Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: Ballantine Books - May 21st, 2019
THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT—A New York Times, USA 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.”*$15.99ISBN: 9780060838720Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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$18.00ISBN: 9781451626650Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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$20.95ISBN: 9780618711901Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: Mariner Books - April 10th, 2006A 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.$14.99ISBN: 9780060594671Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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
$17.00ISBN: 9780375725609Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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.$14.99ISBN: 9781601428295Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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$18.00ISBN: 9781416591061Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: Scribner - May 10th, 2011
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$16.99ISBN: 9780060670207Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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.$15.99ISBN: 9781451673319Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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.$16.99ISBN: 9781683582014Availability: Special Order - Subject to AvailabilityPublished: 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.$17.00ISBN: 9780743247542Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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$28.99ISBN: 9780312577230Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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.$14.99ISBN: 9780060652951Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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.$18.99ISBN: 9780062498533Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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$16.00ISBN: 9780425232200Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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.$11.95ISBN: 9780679734772Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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.$17.00ISBN: 9781400052189Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: Broadway Books - March 8th, 2011
Now an HBO® Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER$16.00ISBN: 9780679745587Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: Vintage - February 1994
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.$15.00ISBN: 9780385486804Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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.$16.00ISBN: 9780385494786Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: Anchor - October 19th, 1999
National Bestseller$9.99ISBN: 9781250136145Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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$9.99ISBN: 9781250105219Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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$30.00ISBN: 9781627790628Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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$5.95ISBN: 9780553213690Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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.”$15.99ISBN: 9780062409218Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 20th, 2017
Soon to be a Major Motion Picture Starring Tom Hanks
National Book Award Finalist—Fiction$17.99ISBN: 9781250080400Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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.$16.99ISBN: 9780062472991Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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*$16.99ISBN: 9780316017930Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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?$16.99ISBN: 9780060786502Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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.$15.99ISBN: 9781590525135Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: Multnomah - May 9th, 2005
A story of love that won't let go - no matter what!$16.00ISBN: 9780142001745Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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$17.00ISBN: 9781501126079Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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$20.00ISBN: 9781592407378Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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.$15.99ISBN: 9780618706419Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: Mariner Books - October 13th, 2009The 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$17.00ISBN: 9780743298032Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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$17.00ISBN: 9780812974492Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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.$5.95ISBN: 9780451532169Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: Signet - July 3rd, 2012
Henry David Thoreau reflects on life, politics, and society in these two inspiring masterworks: Walden and Civil Disobedience.$15.95ISBN: 9781565125605Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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
Jacob Janowski&r$25.00ISBN: 9780812988406Availability: Usually Ships in 1-2 DaysPublished: 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?