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Summer Reading

 

All students are expected to complete their summer reading assignments by the first day of classes on Wednesday, September 7. Teachers in the subjects of Religion, Social Studies (including all first semester junior and senior electives), and English (including all junior and senior English electives) will integrate these summer reading selections directly into their curriculum and instruction during the first few weeks of the school year. There is an additional summer assignment for students who are scheduled to take Mr. Hoerner’s Introduction to Film course.


Please use the appropriate ISBN when ordering books, so that all students are using a standard edition of each book. 


Freshmen - Class of 2026


Religion (all freshmen):


I, John Baptist de La Salle - click to access a PDF of this reading


Social Studies - The American Journey & The American Journey Honors:


Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America, by Teri Kanefield (ISBN: 978-1419729430)


English 9:


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (ISBN 978-0316013697)


English 9 Honors:


The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas (ISBN: 978-0062498533)



Sophomores - Class of 2025


Religion (all sophomores):


The Gospel According to Mark (students may use any Biblical translation)


Social Studies - Understanding the World (required of all sophomores not in AP World History):


Animal Farm, by George Orwell (ISBN: 978-0451526342)


Social Studies - AP World History:

Animal Farm, by George Orwell (ISBN: 978-0451526342)

The Decline and Fall of Practically Everyone, by Will Cuppy (ISBN: 978-0750932042)

***AP students will also have a summer homework assignment examining world religions. The assignment will be e-mailed to students by Mr. Lomeo.***



English 10:


The Alchemist, 25th Anniversary Edition, by Paulo Coehlo (ISBN: 978-0062315007)


English 10 Honors:


Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury (ISBN-13: 978-1451673319)

 

Juniors - Class of 2024


Religion (all juniors):


The Gospel According to John (students may use any Biblical translation)


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Social Studies Electives - Students must read the selection for their First Semester Social Studies elective course. This course will be confirmed when 2022-2023 student schedules are finalized in mid-summer. As students wait for their schedule to be confirmed, we encourage them to complete their summer reading assignments in Religion and English. 


Please use the appropriate ISBN when ordering, so that all students are using a standard edition of each book. 

Advanced Placement Economics:

Economics 101, by Alfred Mill (ISBN: 978-1440593406)

Advanced Placement Government:

Gideon’s Trumpet, by Anthony Lewis (ISBN: 978-0679723127)

Advanced Placement United States History:

Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction, by Alan Taylor (ISBN: 978-0199766239)

Revolutionary Characters, by Gordon Wood (ISBN: 978-0143112082)

The Civil War Era:

Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson (ISBN: 978-0195168952)

  • Students are only required to read the Preface, Prologue, and Chapters 1-5. The other chapters will be read during the school year.

Criminal Justice Studies:

Gideon’s Trumpet, by Anthony Lewis (ISBN: 978-0679723127)

American Government - Democracy in Action:

The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, by Jeffrey Toobin (ISBN: 978-1400096794)

Introduction to Economics:

Economics 101, by Alfred Mill (ISBN: 978-1440593406)

United States Sports History:

A People’s History of Sports in United States, by Dave Zirin (ISBN: 978-1595584779)

Wealth In America:

$2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, by Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer  (ISBN: 978-0544811959)


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English Electives - Students must read the selection for each English elective class that they have registered for. Please use the appropriate ISBN when ordering, so that all students are using a standard edition of each book. 

 

Buffalo Seminar: Summer assignment already given to students.

 

Crime and Detective Fiction: 

Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson (ISBN: 978-1416583318)

 

Epicurean Literature:

My Life in France, by Julia Child (ISBN: 978-0307277695)

 

Gods and Heroes: 

Big Fish by Daniel Wallace (ISBN: 978-1616201647)

 

Horror Literature:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (ISBN: 978-1954839373)

 

Human Rights Literature:

The Other Wes Moore, by Wes Moore (ISBN: 978-0385528207)

 

London Seminar:  Summer assignment already given to students.

 

Rebellion Literature:

Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer (ISBN: ‎978-0385486804)

 

Science Fiction Literature:

2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke (ISBN: ‎978-0451452733)

 

Spy Literature:

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming (ISBN: 978-1612185439)


Introduction to Film: Students enrolled in this course should check their email this summer for a message from Mr. Hoerner with specific instructions regarding their summer work.



Seniors - Class of 2023


Religion (all seniors):


The Gospel According to Matthew (students may use any Biblical translation)


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Social Studies Electives - Students must read the selection for their First Semester Social Studies elective course. This course will be confirmed when 2022-2023 student schedules are finalized in mid-summer. As students wait for their schedule to be confirmed, we encourage them to complete their summer reading assignments in Religion and English. 


Please use the appropriate ISBN when ordering, so that all students are using a standard edition of each book. 

Advanced Placement Economics:

Economics 101, by Alfred Mill (ISBN: 978-1440593406)

Advanced Placement Government:

Gideon’s Trumpet by Anthony Lewis (ISBN: 978-0679723127)

Advanced Placement United States History:

Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction, by Alan Taylor (ISBN: 978-0199766239)

Revolutionary Characters, by Gordon Wood (ISBN: 978-0143112082)

The Civil War Era:

Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson (ISBN: 978-0140125184)

  • Students are only required to read the Preface, Prologue, and Chapters 1-5. The other chapters will be read during the school year.

Criminal Justice Studies:

Gideon’s Trumpet, by Anthony Lewis (ISBN: 978-0679723127)

American Government - Democracy in Action:

The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, by Jeffrey Toobin (ISBN: 978-1400096794)

Introduction to Economics:

Economics 101, by Alfred Mill (ISBN: 978-1440593406)

United States Sports History:

A People’s History of Sports in United States, by Dave Zirin (ISBN: 978-1595584779)

Wealth In America:

$2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, by Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer  (ISBN: 978-0544811959)



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English Electives - Students must read the selection for each English elective class that they have registered for. Please use the appropriate ISBN when ordering, so that all students are using a standard edition of each book. 

 

Buffalo Seminar: Summer assignment already given to students.

 

Crime and Detective Fiction: 

Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson (ISBN: 978-1416583318)

 

Epicurean Literature:

My Life in France, by Julia Child (ISBN: 978-0307277695)

 

Gods and Heroes: 

Big Fish by Daniel Wallace (ISBN: 978-1616201647)

 

Horror Literature:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (ISBN: 978-1954839373)

 

Human Rights Literature:

The Other Wes Moore, by Wes Moore (ISBN: 978-0385528207)

 

London Seminar:  Summer assignment already given to students.

 

Rebellion Literature:

Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer (ISBN: ‎978-0385486804)

 

Science Fiction Literature:

2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke (ISBN: ‎978-0451452733)

 

Spy Literature:

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming (ISBN: 978-1612185439)


Introduction to Film: Students enrolled in this course should check their email this summer for a message from Mr. Hoerner with specific instructions regarding their summer work.