2017 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.
 
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:
  • PLOT (what is happening?)
  • CHARACTER (who is making it happen?)
  • SETTING (where and when is it happening?)
  • 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. 

We hope that the Oath book helps your son gain a deeper understanding of the Academy Oath. While he will not be tested on this book in September, there are plans to incorporate the book as part of a school-wide assembly at the beginning of the year. Also, teachers have been encouraged to incorporate themes of the book into their lesson plans where appropriate.

Summer Reading Book Lists

List of 4 items.

  • For Freshmen

    ACADEMY OATH: Season of Life, Jeffrey Marx ISBN: 978-0743269742
     
    ENGLISH I STANDARD:A Separate Peace, John Knowles, ISBN: 978-0743253970
     
    ENGLISH I HONORS:The Secret Adversary, Agatha Christie ISBN: 978-1495950810
     
    WORLD HISTORY STANDARD:A Little History of the World, E.H. Gombrich, ISBN: 978-0300143324
     
    WORLD HISTORY HONORS: Hard Times, Charles Dickens, ISBN: 978-1416523734
     
    AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY: Fast-Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, Eric Schlosser, ISBN: 978-0547750330
     
    BIOLOGY STANDARD: The Serengetti Rules, Sean B. Carroll, ISBN: 978-0691175683
     
    BIOLOGY HONORS:Prey, Michael Crichton, ISBN: 978-0061703089 
  • For Sophomores

    ACADEMY OATH: Just Mercy, Bryan Stephenson, ISBN: 978-0812984965

    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 STANDARD: Founding Brothers, Joseph J. Ellis, ISBN: 978-0375705243

    US HISTORY I HONORS: The Americans: The Colonial Experience, Daniel Boorstin,
    ISBN: 978-0394705132

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

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

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

    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

    THEOLOGY II STANDARD: The Fellowship Of The Ring, JRR Tolkien , ISBN: 978-0547928210

    THEOLOGY II HONORS
    : Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, ISBN: 978-1250067050
  • For Juniors

    ACADEMY OATH: Just Mercy, Bryan Stephenson, ISBN: 978-0812984965
     
    ENGLISH III STANDARD: The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro, ISBN: 978-0307271037
     
    ENGLISH III HONORS: The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro, ISBN: 978-0307271037
     
    US HISTORY I STANDARD: The Devil in the White City, Erik Larsen, ISBN: 978-0553813531
     
    US HISTORY I HONORS: The Devil in the White City, Erik Larsen, ISBN: 978-0553813531
     
    AP AMERICAN HISTORY: The Devil in the White City, Erik Larsen, ISBN: 978-0553813531
     
    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: Abba’s Heart, Neal Lozano, ISBN: 978-0800796846
     
    THEOLOGY III HONORS: The Name of God is Mercy, Pope Francis, ISBN: 978-0399588631
     
    SCHOLARS PROGRAM:Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel ISBN: 978-0804172448 
  • For Seniors

    ACADEMY OATH: Just Mercy, Bryan Stephenson, ISBN: 978-0812984965
     
    ENGLISH IV STANDARD:Born a Crime, Trevor Noah, ISBN: 978-0399588174
     
    AP ENGLISH LIT: A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole, ISBN: 978-0802130204
     
    THEOLOGY IV STANDARD (DIMENSIONS OF CATHOLIC LIFE): The Messy Quest for Meaning, Stephen Martin, ISBN: 978-1933495323
     
    THEOLOGY IV HONORS (THEOLOGICAL INQUIRY): The Abbey, James Martin, ISBN: 978-0062401861
     
    GURU: Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl, ISBN: 978-0807014295
     
    CHRISTIAN SERVICE:(Choose one of the following):
    Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins, ISBN: 978-0452287082
    The True Cost of Low Prices: The Violence of Globalization, Vincent Gallagher, ISBN: 978-1626980020
    Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich, ISBN: 978-0312626686
    Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0, Thomas L. Friedman, ISBN: 978-0312428921
    Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic, John de Graaf, et. al., ISBN: 978-1609949273
    An Invisible Thread, Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski, ISBN: 978-1451648973
     
    AP EUROPEAN HISTORY:The Relic Master, Christopher Buckley, ISBN: 978-1501125751 
     
    AP ART HISTORY: Instant Art History; From Cave Art to Pop Art, Walter Robinson, ISBN: 978-0449906989
     
    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