Recommended Reads from Peninsula High School Staff

Though school has begun, it's not too late to read some of the faculty and staff's summer suggestions.

Didn't get a chance to read that book by the beach this summer?

Palos Verdes residents can still take advantage of a long summer reading list created by faculty and staff at .

Here are some of the many suggestions (see the full list in this article's photo gallery):

  • Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult: "This tale presents excellent insight into the characters and presents a gripping tale of the causes and effects of a school shooting." — Alicia Foulk, English
  • The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart: "This is a fabulously told story of Merlin which takes you back to ancient times of knights and chivalry." — Jacqueline Valerio, World Language
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella: "If you're looking for a light read, and enjoy shopping, this is the book for you!" — Jacqueline Valerio, World Language
  • Townie by Andre Dubus III: "A memoir by the writer detailing his life growing up in a broken home in the rough working class mill towns outside of Boston." — James Meade, Art
  • The Genius in All of Us by Dan Shenk: Shenk challenges the idea that talented people are just born that way, and upends commonly held notions about intelligence and human potential." — Bruce Colin, English
  • Power of One by Bryce Courtney: “An engaging saga of a young English boy with a passion for changing the world." — Sharon Cutcliffe, Associated Student Body Activities
  • Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Henning Mankell: “The original Swedish mystery writer. Mankell invented the crime fighter, Kurt Wallandar, and completed the series with his publication of the last book this year.” — Barbara Dewitt, English
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson: “Serial killer H.H. Holmes, goes on a gruesome killing spree during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. While Daniel H. Burnham, is constructing
    and managing the World’s Fair, H.H. Holmes is masquerading as a doctor and luring young women into his hotel, fully equipped with a built in gas chamber and crematorium." — Mitzi Cress, Principal
  • Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell: “The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire." — Adam Wolven, Counseling Office
  • Stumbling On Happiness by Dan Gilbert: "A fascinating book about how we all err in remembering our past emotions and in predicting our future emotions." — John Wheeler, Social Science


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