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. 

Summer Reading Book Lists

List of 4 items.

  • For Freshmen

    • ENGLISH I STANDARD: Marcelo in the Real World, Francisco X. Stork, ISBN: 978-0545056908
    • 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: Prey, Michael Crichton ISBN: 978-0061703089
    • BIOLOGY HONORS: Prey, Michael Crichton ISBN: 978-0061703089
    • ACADEMY OATH: Season of Life, Jeffrey Marx, ISBN: 978-0743269742
  • For Sophomores

    • ENGLISH II STANDARD: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, Laura Hillenbrand, ISBN: 978-0812974492
    • ENGLISH II HONORS: Vampires in the Lemon Grove: And Other Stories, Karen Russell, ISBN: 978-0307947475
    • 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 HISTORYThe Vietnam Wars: 1945-1990, Marilyn B. Young, ISBN: 978-0060921071
    • CHEMISTRY STANDARDThis 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 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
    • RELIGION II STANDARD: Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis ISBN: 978-0060652920
    • RELIGION II HONORS: The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis ISBN: 978-0060652968
  • 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 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
    • RELIGION III STANDARD: Abba's Heart, Neal Lozano, ISBN: 978-0800796846
    • RELIGION 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

    • ENGLISH IV STANDARD: Zeitoun, Dave Eggers, ISBN: 978-0307387943
    • AP ENGLISH LIT: A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole, ISBN: 978-0802130204
    • RELIGION IV STANDARD (DIMENSIONS OF CATHOLIC LIFE):The Messy Quest for Meaning, Stephen Martin, ISBN: 978-1933495323
    • RELIGION 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)
      1. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins, ISBN: 978-0452287082
      2. Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, ISBN: 978-0812984965
      3. The True Cost of Low Prices: The Violence of Globalization, Vincent Gallagher, ISBN: 978-1626980020
      4. Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich, ISBN: 978-0312626686
      5. Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0, Thomas L. Friedman, ISBN: 978-0312428921
      6. Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic, John de Graaf, et. al., ISBN: 978-1609949273
      7. An Invisible Thread, Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski, ISBN: 978-1451648973
    • AP EUROPEAN HISTORY: The Relic Master, Christopher Buckley, ISBN:978-0803736733
    • 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