SAA Grade 8 Summer Reading

All orders placed between April 19 and May 2 will be delivered to your son before the end of school. Any purchases made at the store during the same dates will benefit SAA.

Order summer reading or anything else from The Twig Book Shop and a portion of your purchase will be donated to the San Antonio Academy Library! When shopping in the store, be sure to alert the Twig associate to attribute your sale to the San Antonio Academy. When shopping online please put SAA in the order notes.

Orders may be submitted online 24/7 or by phone between 10am and 6 pm daily (210-826-6411).

Orders placed after May 2 can be mailed to your home (shipping charges apply) or picked up at The Twig for no extra charge.

Please be sure to choose "Pick up at store" as the delivery option if you do not wish to pay for shipping!

Thank you for supporting local, independent bookselling! 

 

Watership Down: A Novel Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780743277709
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - November 1st, 2005

WINNER of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program

Now a Netflix animated miniseries starring James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Oscar and Grammy award-winner Sir Ben Kingsley.

A worldwide bestseller for more than forty years, Watership Down is the compelling tale of a band of wild rabbits struggling to hold onto their place in the worl


The Crossover (The Crossover Series) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780544935204
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Published: Clarion Books - March 5th, 2019

This Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award–winning middle grade bestseller is now in paperback! Basketball and heartache share the court in this slam-dunk novel in verse.

"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell.


The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Lewis Barnavelt) Cover Image
By John Bellairs, Edward Gorey (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142402573
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Published: Puffin Books - August 3rd, 2004

A haunting gothic tale by master mysery writer John Bellairs--soon to be a major motion picture starring Cate Blanchett and Jack Black!

"The House With a Clock in Its Walls will cast its spell for a long time."--The New York Times Book Review


The Shakespeare Stealer Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780141305950
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Published: Puffin Books - July 1st, 2000

A delightful adveture full of humor and heart set in Elizabethan England!


Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780812550702
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Published: Tor Science Fiction - July 15th, 1994

From New York Times bestselling author Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game is the classic Hugo and Nebula award-winning science fiction novel of a young boy's recruitment into the midst of an interstellar war.


A Murder Is Announced: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries #5) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062073631
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 12th, 2011

In this exclusive authorized edition from the Queen of Mystery, A Murder is Announced in a small-town newspaper advertisement—and Miss Marple must unravel the fiendish puzzle when a crime does indeed occur.


The Last of the Mohicans (Leatherstocking Tale) Cover Image
By James Fenimore Cooper, Richard Slotkin (Introduction by)
$13.00
ISBN: 9780140390247
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Classics - July 1st, 1986

Cooper's most enduringly popular novel combines heroism and romance with powerful criticism of the destruction of nature and tradition.


Dark Is Rising (The Dark Is Rising Sequence #2) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780689829833
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - October 1st, 1999

On the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers a special gift -- that he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. At once, he is plunged into a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle between the Dark and the Light.


I Am the Cheese Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780375840395
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Published: Ember - September 11th, 2007

Before there was Lois Lowry’s The Giver or M. T. Anderson’s Feed, there was Robert Cormier’s I Am the Cheese, a subversive classic that broke new ground for YA literature.
 


Beyond the Chocolate War Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780440905806
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Published: Laurel Leaf - August 1st, 1986

The school year is almost at an end, and the chocolate sale is past history.  But no one at Trinity School can forget The Chocolate War.


Jim the Boy: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316198950
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 1st, 2001

Both delightful and wise, Jim the Boy brilliantly captures the pleasures and fears of youth at a time when America itself was young and struggling to come into its own.


The Great Gatsby: The Authorized Edition Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780743273565
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2004

The only authorized edition of the twentieth-century classic, featuring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final revisions, a foreword by his granddaughter, and a new introduction by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

The Great Gatsby, F.


The Thief Lord Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545227704
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chicken House - May 1st, 2010

The enchanting international bestseller with bonus back matter and a beautiful new cover!

Two orphaned brothers, Prosper and Bo, have run away to Venice, where crumbling canals and misty alleyways shelter a secret community of street urchins.


Stowaway Cover Image
By Karen Hesse, Robert Andrew Parker (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689839894
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 1st, 2002

It is known that in the summer of 1768, Captain James Cook sailed from England on H.M.S Endeavour, beginning a three-year voyage around the world on a secret mission to discover an unknown continent at the bottom of the globe. What is less known is that a boy by the name of Nicholas Young was a stowaway on that ship.


The Outsiders Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780140385724
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Published: Speak - September 1st, 1988

The 45th anniversary of a landmark work of teen fiction

Ponyboy can count on his brothers and his friends, but not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids who get away with everything, including beating up greasers like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect--until the night someone takes things too far.


Jason's Gold Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780380729142
Availability: Special Order
Published: HarperCollins - October 3rd, 2000

"Gold!" Jason shouted at the top of his lungs. "Read all about it! Gold discovered in Alaska!"


The Big Wander Cover Image
$11.19
ISBN: 9780689870705
Availability: Special Order
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2004

A Summer To Remember
Fourteen-year-old Clay Lancaster has been dreaming for years of the adventure he calls The Big Wander -- a summer in the Southwest with his older brother, Mike, searching for their uncle Clay. When Mike decides to return home to Seattle and the girlfriend he left behind, Clay chooses to stay on and continue the search on his own.


No Promises in the Wind (DIGEST) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780425182802
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Published: Berkley - January 8th, 2002

From the Newbery Award-winning author of Across Five Aprils and Up a Road Slowly comes a tale of a brave young man’s struggle to find his own strength during the Great Depression.

“A powerfully moving story.”—Chicago Daily News


Castaways of the Flying Dutchman (Castaways of the Flying Dutchman Series) Cover Image
By Brian Jacques, Ian Schoenherr (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780142501184
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Firebird - March 31st, 2003

“Well known for his Redwall books, Jacques here turns his attention to the human world, and his fans will not be disappointed.” —Publishers Weekly


The Brave Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780064470797
Availability: Special Order
Published: HarperCollins - March 4th, 2003

Sonny's been an outsider all his life.

He has never fit into either world: the Moscondagas on the Reservation see him as white; whites see him as Indian. So far, Sonny's managed to harness his anger -- what he calls "the monster" -- in the boxing ring. But Sonny wants out of the Res. He's headed for New York City, where nobody can tell him what to do.


White Fang (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780141321110
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Published: Puffin Books - June 19th, 2008

Born in the wilds of the freezing cold Yukon, White Fang – half-dog, half-wolf – is the only animal in the litter to survive. He soon learns the harsh laws of nature, yet buried deep inside him are the distant memories of affection and love. Will this fiercely independent creature of the wild learn to trust man again?


The Call of the Wild (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
By Jack London, Melvin Burgess (Introduction by)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780141321059
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Published: Puffin Books - March 27th, 2008

Life is good for Buck in Santa Clara Valley, where he spends his days eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. But one day a treacherous act of betrayal leads to his kidnap, and he is forced into a life of toil and danger. Dragged away to be a sledge dog in the harsh and freezing cold Yukon, Buck must fight for his survivial.


1984 Cover Image
By George Orwell, Erich Fromm (Afterword by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451524935
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Published: Signet -

Written more than 70 years ago, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever...

• Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read •


Cry, the Beloved Country Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780743262170
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - November 1st, 2003

“The greatest novel to emerge out of the tragedy of South Africa, and one of the best novels of our time.” —The New Republic

“A beautiful novel…its writing is so fresh, its projection of character so immediate and full, its events so compelling, and its understanding so compassionate that to read the book is to share intimately, even to the p


The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (Dover Children's Classics) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780486220437
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Published: Dover Publications -

No archer ever lived that could speed a gray goose shaft with such skill and cunning as his, nor were there ever such yeomen as the sevenscore merry men that roamed with him through the greenwood shades.


The Catcher in the Rye Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316769488
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 1st, 1991

The "brilliant, funny, meaningful novel" (The New Yorker) that established J. D. Salinger as a leading voice in American literature--and that has instilled in millions of readers around the world a lifelong love of books.


The Witch of Blackbird Pond Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780547550299
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Published: Clarion Books - January 10th, 2011

In this Newbery Medal–winning novel, a girl faces prejudice and accusations of witchcraft in seventeenth-century Connecticut.

Sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1687.


Loser Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780060540746
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Published: HarperCollins - May 1st, 2018

From renowned Newbery-winning author Jerry Spinelli comes a powerful story about how not fitting in just might lead to an incredible life. This classic book is perfect for fans of Gordon Korman and Carl Hiaasen. 


The Grapes of Wrath Cover Image
By John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Introduction by), Robert DeMott (Notes by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143039433
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized—and sometimes outraged—millions of readers. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

A Penguin Classic


Of Mice and Men Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780140177398
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 1993

A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression
 
They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation.


Gulliver's Travels Cover Image
By Jonathan Swift, Robert DeMaria, Jr. (Editor), Robert DeMaria, Jr. (Introduction by), Robert DeMaria, Jr. (Notes by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141439495
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 25th, 2003

A wickedly clever satire uses comic inversions to offer telling insights into the nature of man and society. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read


The Fellowship of the Ring: The Lord of the Rings: Part One Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780345339706
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Published: Del Rey - August 12th, 1986

The opening novel of The Lord of the Rings—the greatest fantasy epic of all time—which continues in The Two Towers and The Return of the King.
 
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read


Around the World in 80 Days (Aladdin Classics) Cover Image
By Jules Verne, Laurence Yep (Foreword by)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781416939368
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Published: Aladdin - June 26th, 2007

In this classic adventure story, a wealthy gentleman, Phileas Fogg, makes a bet that he can travel around the world in eighty days. Fogg and his servant set off immediately, determined to win this race against time. Little do they know they aren't making the journey alone....


Journey to the Center of the Earth (Extraordinary Voyages) Cover Image
By Jules Verne, Bear Grylls (Introduction by), Leonard Nimoy (Afterword by)
$5.95
ISBN: 9780451532152
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Published: Signet - June 5th, 2012

From the discovery of a strange parchment in an old bookseller’s shop to the fantastic descent through a dormant volcano into a subterranean world of danger and beauty, A Journey to the Center of the Earth is as wonderfully entertaining today as when it was first published.
 


Night Cover Image
By Elie Wiesel, Marion Wiesel (Translated by), Elie Wiesel (Preface by)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780374500016
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Published: Hill and Wang - January 16th, 2006

A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel


Our Town: A Play in Three Acts Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780063003996
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 28th, 2020

“[Our Town] leaves us with a sense of blessing, and the unspoken but palpable command to achieve gratitude in what remains of our days on earth.” — The New Yorker