Over the next few weeks, we will be revealing the remaining 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 Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
One minute you are hiking in the woods with your family and, the next thing you know, you are lost, desperately trying to retrace your steps on the path behind you. You couldn’t possibly be lost for real? And, if you are, how would you survive? Such is the dilemma of nine-year-old Trisha McFarland, who gets lost in the Maine–New Hampshire woods while on a hiking trip with her mother and older brother, Pete.
Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is a narrative told from the perspective of Trisha as she tries to survive in the wilderness, meeting conflict upon conflict–and having to face them all on her own. With faith in her beloved Red Sox player Tom Gordon to guide her, Trisha faces the woods’ adversity with determination and her characteristic foul mouth.
As the novel progresses, Trisha takes on the woods and, at the same time, comes to terms with her family situation and her parents’ recent divorce. King’s knack for horror gloss the descriptions of Trisha’s experiences as she makes her way through the woods, wondering what is in the dark and if she will make it out alive.