Over the next few months, we will be revealing the titles that will become the summer reading options for the summer of 2015. Students will select one title from a list of around five novels per grade (In the subject line of the post, “Freshmen” means that the book will be read by incoming freshmen, not existing ones, etc.).
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes has seen a sort of resurgence in the past decade, with his adventures recently appearing as a series of Hollywood movies, at least two popular major television series (One American and one British), and even as a video game series. Holmes himself is one of those rare literary characters whom everyone seems able to recognize, even those who have never read a page of his stories. People who have read any Sherlock Holmes fiction are probably not surprised that this character has remained engaging for over 100 years; the stories are fun and the character is memorable. He observes the finest details and (usually) solves the most impossible cases. In The Hound of the Baskervilles, considered by many to be the very best of the many Sherlock Holmes stories, the mystery is the long-standing curse of the Baskervilles, a wealthy family living in the eerie moors of England, where the land itself is impossible to decipher. An American descendant of the Baskerville line is returning to England, but the worry is that he will meet the same grim fate that has plagued his family. Enter Sherlock Holmes to get to the bottom of the matter. The book is suspenseful, the climax is exciting, and if you’ve never read any Sherlock Holmes, here’s your chance to find out what the fuss is all about.