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Episcopal School of Dallas
A Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Ages 3 Through Grade 12

MR. COOK'S OUTSIDE READING BOOK LIST: SHORT STORIES

Stories by Edgar Allan Poe. The name Poe is synonymous with images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. His works include such literary masterpieces as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” Poe is widely recognized as the inventor of the modern detective story and a pioneer in the science fiction genre. Short story books that the ESD library carries include the following: 

Stories by Agatha Christie. Known as the so-called Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie’s books have been translated into approximately forty-five languages and have sold more than two billion copies worldwide, making her the most widely read novelist in history. Short story books that the ESD library carries include the following: 

Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the creator of Sherlock Holmes, one of the best-known literary characters in the English language. These detective stories are not only bestsellers but also have had a significant impact on the development of real criminal investigation and forensic science. From blood to ballistics, from fingerprints to footprints, Holmes was 120 years ahead of his time, protecting crime scenes from contamination, hunting for minute traces of evidence and searching for what the eye couldn’t see. Short story books that the ESD library carries include the following: 

The Man Who Would be King. By Rudyard Kipling. Rudyard Kipling is one of the most magical storytellers, and is the author of The Man Who Would Be King, a tale of insanity and empire. Find this story in the following books in the ESD library:

145th Street: Short Stories. By Walter Dean Myers A salty, achingly honest collection of stories set on one block of 145th Street. We get to know the oldest resident; the police officer on the beat; fine Peaches and her girl, Squeezie; Monkeyman; and Benny, a fighter on the way to a knockout. We meet Angela, who begins having prophetic dreams when her father is killed, and Big Joe, who wants a bang-up funeral while he's still alive to enjoy it. Some of these tales are private, and some are the stories behind the headlines. In each one, characters leap off the page and pull readers right into the mix on 1-4-5. 

Zebra and Other Stories. By Chaim Potok. Each of the six stories in Chaim Potok's collection is titled only with the name of the main character. In "Zebra" a boy, with the help of a mysterious, unconventional art teacher, starts to regain the use of his crushed hand--and in the process heals part of his injured spirit. Secrets abound in "B.B.," where a young girl whose baby brother has died must cope with discovering the secret realities about her family that are "too much of a secret for me to be carrying alone."

Book of Enchantments. By Patricia Wrede. This clever and charming collection of ten short fantasies includes a story, set in the Enchanted Forest, about Queen Cimorene's Frying Pan of Doom; a witty tale about a magical blue chipmunk with a love of chestnuts; and an spooky tale of a caliph who turns his vizier's daughter into a wolf.

 

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