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Summer Reading Suggestions by English Department Faculty

Summer is halfway over, but there are still plenty of long hot days ahead! A good book is always a great way to beat the heat and fill long summer afternoons, whether you are by the pool, in the mountains, traveling, or just staying cool at home.

These titles, chosen by English Department faculty, are their suggestions for some of their favorites — and whether you’re re-reading them or reading them for the first time, we hope you’ll find something inspiring in this list of great books.

Suggestions from Marta Pauly:
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Jubilee by Margaret Walker (A great story often overlooked!)
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
The Kite-Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Howards End by E. M. Forster
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda N Adichie
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Albert Urrea
Any book by Jane Austen

Suggestions from Pat Crandall:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Dune by Frank Herbert
Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
Divergent series by Veronica Roth
Foundation series by Isaac Asimov

Suggestions from Kacey Johnston:
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
The Name of the Wind series by Patrick Rothfuss
The Shadowhunter series by Cassandra Clare
Any book by Neil Gaiman

Suggestions from Marin Flint:
Christy by Catherine Marshall
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Suggestions from Tara Kneale:
Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret and Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Suggestions from Shelly Long De Mendoza:
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Hey Kiddo by Jarrett Krososzka
Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
Educated by Tara Westover
Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

Suggestions from Henry Hamilton:
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
My Losing Season by Pat Conroy
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
Anthem by Ayn Rand

How Community Service Benefits Your Child

More than 50 years ago, the Founders of Episcopal School of Jacksonville had a vision. Their vision was NOT of a school that produced doctors and nurses, engineers and business executives, entrepreneurs and inventors, lawyers and politicians, athletes and artists. Their vision was not about what the students would become; their vision was about who… Continue Reading

The Transformative Power of Theatre on Students’ Sense of Self

Kelby Siddons ‘06, Faculty, Episcopal School of Jacksonville, with Naiya Cheanvechai ’20 When you think about a theatre class, what do you envision? Most outside observers accustomed to the seated organization of a traditional classroom are initially rattled by the chatter of multiple small groups working in different areas of the space, the barbaric yawps… Continue Reading

Video: Influence & Effects of Social Media and Screen Time

Episcopal and Baptist Health presented Influence & Effects of Social Media and Screen Time, on March 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the Munnerlyn Center. Baptist’s Raj Loungani, MD, MPH, and De’Von Patterson, PhD, addressed screen time recommendations, the impact of social media and screen time on sleep, stress, behavior, and physical health, as well as… Continue Reading

5 Things You Can Do When Your Dream College Says “No”

By Julie Carter, Episcopal Associate Director of College Counseling As college admissions decisions are released in the coming weeks, thousands of high schools seniors will have to face the reality that sometimes, no matter how hard you try and how badly you want something, the answer is still “no.” It’s how you work through and handle… Continue Reading

Why and How to Make the Most of Your College Visit

By Andrea Rizzi, Episcopal Associate Director of College Counseling My kitchen table is strewn with beautiful and picturesque brochures that are laden with iconic steeples amid the quintessential New England fall backdrop of brilliant foliage. Eager and engaged students are sitting in a circle in the middle of the school’s quad on a particularly sunny… Continue Reading

Behind the Social Media Scene: Four Tips for Parents

Christy Hodges, Dean of Student Life, Episcopal School of Jacksonville by Christy Hodges, Dean of Student Life These days, most of the information teenagers discover about the world they live in comes from Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. They get constant updates about the lives of celebrities, friends, friends of friends, and strangers who “follow” the… Continue Reading

5 Things You Should Know About Your Middle School Student

By Paige McGee, Head of Middle School, Episcopal School of Jacksonville The middle school years provide an opportunity for self-discovery as children learn to navigate their world with more independence and less reliance on you. These years, when your student is in fifth/sixth through eighth grades, can be difficult, yet the lessons learned can positively… Continue Reading

Teaching Teens To Love Themselves for Healthier Relationships

By Amy Burrows Perkins ‘92, Director of Student Services A teen recently shared with me that he is “socially awkward, but totally fine when texting.” As parents, we need to coach kids into understanding that what feels awkward, difficult, and uncomfortable may actually be healthy — and in fact, part of normal development. As adults… Continue Reading

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