I’d file a lawsuit over the $1,400 each price tag. It would be interesting to see if the seller is related, or is a lodge brother, etc. of any of the committe members.
Our private school has a required reading list for the summer and one for the school year.
They have a few copies each in the library but lucky for us, most of the books are grade level classics that are easy to find in the used book stores around here.
IIRC we got this summers reading list for under $10 at “2nd and Charles”.
I hope the $1400 price tag is not PER BOOK. I hope that represnts the cost for enough copies of each book to supply a whole clas.