MR. COOK'S OUTSIDE READING BOOK LIST: CLASSICS
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. This book chronicles the joys and troubles of the four March sisters as they grow into young ladies and marry in nineteenth-century New England.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. Two boys, best friends in a small Midwestern town, finally come to understand that, of all the terrors threatening them from Cooger and Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show, the greatest menace exists within themselves.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. When a penniless governess falls in love with the brooding master of Thornfield, she is unaware of the tragic events that will follow.
The Andromedia Strain by Michael Crichton. For five days, scientists struggle to identify and control a deadly new virus threatening the United States.
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. An account of the attempt, through a hair-raising twenty-four hours on a remote jungle island, to avert a crisis triggered by genetic engineering gone awry.
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe. During one of his several adventurous voyages in the 1600s, an Englishman becomes the sole survivor of a shipwreck and lives for nearly thirty years on a deserted island.
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. In nineteenth-century England, a young orphan runs away from a workhouse, is captured by a gang of thieves, and finally escapes.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. For months after her death, the memory of Rebecca de Winter continues to haunt Manderley, her former home and famous English country house.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. After escaping from the island where he has been in prison, Dantes plots his revenge on the people responsible for his imprisonment.
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling. The adventures of a spoiled son of an American millionaire, washed overboard off Newfoundland, must share the hard life and labor of the fishermen who rescue him.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London. Buck, part St. Bernard, part Shepherd, is forcibly taken to the Klondike goldfields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.
The Sea Wolf by Jack London. A story of a wealthy young man who is rescued after a shipwreck by the brutal, ruthless captain of a tramp steamer.
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. An adventurous young orphan goes to live on a farm in Canada with an elderly brother and sister.
My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara. Through his intense devotion to the colt Flicka, a young boy, living on a Wyoming ranch, begins to learn about responsibility and gain a better understanding of his brusque father.
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Baroness Orczy. Percy Blakeney defies the French revolutionaries in order to save innocent men and women from being put to death in the guillotine.
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. A young boy, living in the Florida backwoods, is forced to decide the fate of a fawn he had lovingly raised as a pet.
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. While going through the possessions of a guest who died there and who owed them money, the mistress of an inn and her son find a treasure map that leads to a pirate fortune as well as great danger.
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain. When young Edward VI of England and a poor boy who resembles him exchange places, each learns something about the other’s very different station in life.
The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain. Slave woman Roxana switches her baby with the infant son of the master of the house in an attempt to ensure her child will not be sold down the river, but the episode has tragic results for everyone involved.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. A nineteenth-century science fiction tale in which a French professor and his companions, trapped aboard a fantastic submarine with a mad sea captain, come face to face with exotic ocean creatures and strange sights hidden from the world above.
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. Phileas Fogg wins a bet in 1872 by traveling around the world in seventy-nine days, twenty-three hours and fifty-seven minutes.
The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White. Wart, as young Arthur is called, becomes a wiser, more thoughtful person and a worthy king as a result of Merlin’s lessons.
Beau Geste by Percival Christopher Wren. The three Geste brothers disappear from England to avoid scandal and become members of the French Foreign Legion.
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann D. Wyss. Relates the fortunes of a shipwrecked family as they adapt to life on an island with abundant animal and plant life.