2019 SUMMER READING

The CBA Summer Reading Program allows students to explore compelling and topical works associated with the various subject disciplines they will encounter during the school year.

All students will be tested on their Summer Reading books in the opening weeks of the new school year. This test grade will equal 10% of the first academic quarter grade in each of these classes. It is recommended that your son begins reading by July 1 so he can thoroughly read and prepare for his tests and classroom discussions.
There will not be a test for the Freshmen Religious Studies/ Academy Oath book, which is Season of Life by Jeffrey Marx.
Summer Reading tests include multiple-choice and short answer questions.
ISBN numbers have been provided below to help you locate the correct title. You may purchase whatever format (paperback, hardcover, e-reader, audiobook, etc.) that you prefer to use.

HOW TO PREPARE

We are confident each student can do well on his tests if he prepares accordingly:

  1. Review the book list carefully and only read those books that pertain to courses you will take.
  2. Get your books early!
  3. Ask your son regularly about his reading progress.
  4. Encourage your son to take notes for later reference. This is especially important for the first books he reads.
  5. Remember that all fiction and most non-fiction can be reduced to these elements:
    1. PLOT (what is happening?)
    2. CHARACTER (who is making it happen?)
    3. SETTING (where and when is it happening?)
    4. THEME (what is the point of it all?)

Note: Students who change courses over the summer are still responsible for the summer reading for that new course.

 

Summer Reading Book Lists

  • For Freshmen

    All freshmen read this book; there will not be a test on it:

    THEOLOGY I (ACADEMY OATH): Season of Life, Jeffrey Marx ISBN: 978-0743269742

     

    All freshmen read one of these books, depending on their English placement:

    ENGLISH I STANDARD:A Separate Peace, John Knowles, ISBN: 978-0743253970

    ENGLISH I HONORS:The Secret Adversary, Agatha Christie ISBN: 978-1495950810

     

    All freshmen read one of these books, depending on their History placement:

    WORLD HISTORY STANDARD: A History of the World in 6 Glasses, Tom Standage, ISBN:  978-0802715524

    WORLD HISTORY HONORS: A History of the World in 6 Glasses, Tom Standage, ISBN:  978-0802715524

    AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY: Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser, ISBN:   978-0547750330

     

    All freshmen read one of these books, depending on their Science placement:

    BIOLOGY STANDARD: The Serengeti Rules, Sean B. Carroll, ISBN: 978-0691175683

    BIOLOGY HONORS:Prey, Michael Crichton, ISBN: 978-0061703089

  • For Sophomores

    ENGLISH II STANDARD: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,  Laura Hillenbrand, ISBN: 978-0812974492

    ENGLISH II HONORS: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,  Laura Hillenbrand, ISBN: 978-0812974492

     

    US HISTORY I STANDARDFounding Brothers, Joseph J. Ellis, ISBN: 978-0375705243

    US HISTORY I HONORS: 1776, David McCulloch, ISBN: 978-0743226721

    AP WORLD HISTORY: The Vietnam Wars: 1945-1990, Marilyn B. Young, ISBN: 978-0060921071

     

    CHEMISTRY STANDARDThis Borrowed Earth, Robert Emmet Hernan, et al, ISBN: 978-0230619838

    CHEMISTRY HONORSRare: The High-Stakes Race to Satisfy Our Need for the Scarcest Metals on Earth, Keith Veronese, ISBN: 978-1616149727

    AP CHEMISTRYThe Disappearing Spoon: And Other Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, Sam Kean, ISBN: 978-0316051637

     

    THEOLOGY II STANDARDThis Is Our Exile, James Martin , ISBN: 978-1570759239

    THEOLOGY II HONORSThe Day Christ Died, Jim Bishop, ISBN:  978-0060608163

  • For Juniors

     

    ENGLISH III STANDARD: The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro, ISBN: 978-0307271037

    ENGLISH III HONORS: The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro, ISBN: 978-0307271037

     

    US HISTORY II STANDARD: The Devil in the White City, Erik Larsen, ISBN: 978-0553813531

    US HISTORY II HONORSThe Devil in the White City, Erik Larsen, ISBN: 978-0553813531

    AP AMERICAN HISTORYA People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn, ISBN: 978-0062397348

     

    FRENCH (all levels): The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Expury (only Juniors read this book), ISBN: 978-0156012195

    LATIN (all levels): Rubicon, Steven Saylor, (only Juniors read this book) ISBN: 978-0312582425

    SPANISH (all levels): Reaching Out, Francisco Jimenez (English edition, only Juniors read this book) ISBN: 978-0-547-25030-4

     

    THEOLOGY III STANDARD: On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis, ISBN: 978-0809149803

    THEOLOGY III HONORS: Walking the Bible: A Journey By Land Through the Five Books of Moses, Bruce Feiler, ISBN: 978-0062336507

     

  • For Seniors

    ENGLISH IV STANDARD: Born a Crime, Trevor Noah, ISBN: 978-0399588174

    AP ENGLISH LIT: White Noise, Don Delillo, ISBN: 978-0143105985

     

    THEOLOGY IV STANDARD/ DIMENSIONS OF CATHOLIC LIFE (ACADEMY OATH): Just Mercy, Bryan Stephenson, ISBN: 978-0812984965

    THEOLOGY IV HONORS/ THEOLOGICAL INQUIRY (ACADEMY OATH): Just Mercy, Bryan Stephenson, ISBN: 978-0812984965

    GURU: Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl, ISBN: 978-0807014295

    CHRISTIAN SERVICE: Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, Sebastian Junger, ISBN: 978-1455566389

    AP EUROPEAN HISTORY:The Communist Manifesto,  Karl Marx and Friederich Engels (any edition) and The Prince, Nicolo Machiavelli (any edition)

    AP ART HISTORY: Instant Art History; From Cave Art to Pop Art, Walter Robinson, ISBN: 978-0449906989

    AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY: Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser, ISBN:   978-0547750330

     

    AP CHEMISTRY:The Disappearing Spoon: And Other Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, Sam Kean, ISBN: 978-0316051637

    AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: The World Without Us, Alan Weisman, ISBN: 978-0312427900