St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute
Summer Reading Program 2012
845 Kenmore Avenue Buffalo, NY 14223 (716) 874-4024
The goal of the St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Summer Reading Program is to encourage students to
read, improve their reading skills, and have knowledge of modern authors. Students who read are
better academic achievers and, for that reason, summer reading is essential. Contemporary works
1. All students are required to participate in the Summer Reading Program.
2. The reading selections for each grade level are outlined as follows.
3. Students will take objective tests on their summer reading selections in homeroom on Tuesday
September 11, 2012.
4. In order to be eligible to take the summer reading test, students must complete a form in
homeroom that indicates what books they have read. This must be done during orientation for
school, as each student will have a test that only includes the books he read.
5. Students will receive a letter grade for summer reading (A to F) on their first report card. This
grade will also be a part of the student’s permanent record.
6. Students MUST pass their summer reading tests in order to return to and graduate from St.
Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.
7. The make-up work for students who receive a letter grade of F is based on a new set of reading
assignments. Until the failing grade is made up, the F will count towards academic probation as well
as eligibility for co-curricular activities.
8. Students may also work independently with a teacher for Summer Reading. Students interested in
independent study should consult the teachers’ reading lists that are posted on-line and in school.
Students must obtain the approval of the teacher offering independent study and complete all of the
work required by that teacher. Students may also develop their own independent reading lists with a
faculty member. A student who works independently with a teacher for summer reading will NOT
take a summer reading test in homeroom. A student who works independently will have to complete
all assignments/tests assigned by his specific teacher. That teacher will provide the school with the
summer reading grade. ***IF THERE IS A REQUIRED TEXT FOR A STUDENT’S GRADE
LEVEL – THAT REQUIREMENT MUST BE MET EVEN IF WORKING WITH A TEACHER ON
AN INDEPENDENT READING LIST***
9. A student may read selections offered to grade levels ABOVE his own grade level with permission.
However, a student may NOT read selections offered to grade levels below his own. Students who
wish to read above their grade levels must e-mail Mr. Williams with the title(s) they would like to read
in order to receive permission. firstname.lastname@example.org
***unless stated, the plot synopses are from www.amazon.com***
CLASS OF 2016 – Freshman Selections – Freshmen must read the required selections as well as three
additional books from the list provided.
ALL incoming freshmen MUST read two short works examining the Lasallian foundations of St.
Joseph’s Collegiate Institute as well as the history of the school.
Embracing the Past, Envisioning the Future: The History of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, Buffalo,
New York compiled by F.J. Kramer – this title is available on the SJCI Summer Reading webpage
St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute is the oldest Catholic high school for young men in Western New York.
From its founding in 1861 to the modern age, learn about the history of this fascinating institution.
I, John Baptist De LaSalle Brother Leo Kirby, FSC
St. John Baptist De LaSalle founded the community of the Christian Brothers during the reign of France’s
Louis XIV. From that time to today, Lasallian schools have been built throughout the world. St. Joseph’s
Collegiate Institute is a proud member that world-wide Lasallian community. This short work will be
distributed to all freshmen during orientation in September with the other paperback titles they will receive.
DIRECTIONS: ALL freshmen must read THREE additional selections. These will be tested during
the Summer Reading test in homeroom.
7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens – Sean Covey
Being a teenager is both wonderful and challenging. In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, author Sean
Covey applies the timeless principles of the 7 Habits to teens and the tough issues and life-changing
decisions they face. In an entertaining style, Covey provides a step-by-step guide to help teens improve self-
image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, get along with their parents, and much
more. In addition, this book is stuffed with cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes, and incredible stories about
real teens from all over the world. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens will engage teenagers unlike any
other book. An indispensable book for teens, as well as parents, grandparents, and any adult who influences
young people, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is destined to become the last word on surviving and
thriving as a teen and beyond.
Flight of Passage – Rinker Buck
Writer Rinker Buck looks back more than 30 years to a summer when he and his brother, at ages 15 and 17
respectively, became the youngest duo to fly across America, from New Jersey to California. Having grown
up in an aviation family, the two boys bought an old Piper Cub, restored it themselves, and set out on the
grand journey. Buck is a great storyteller, and once you get airborne with the boys you find yourself
absorbed in a story of adventure and family drama. And Flight of Passage is also an affecting look back to
the summer of 1966, when the times seemed much less cynical and adventures much more enjoyable.
Peak – Roland Smith
The only thing you’ll find on the summit of Mount Everest is a divine view. The things that really matter lie
far below. –Peak Marcello After fourteen-year-old Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City
skyscraper, he’s left with a choice: wither away in juvenile detention or fly to Kathmandu with his long-lost
father. Peak quickly learns that his father’s renewed interest in him has strings attached. As owner of Peak
Expeditions, he wants his son to be the youngest person to reach the Everest summit. The story of Peak’s
dangerous ascent—told in his own words—is suspenseful, immediate, and impossible to put down.
The Things a Brother Knows – Dana Reinhardt
Levi's older brother Boaz returns from fighting with the Marines in the Middle East. He's safe. Levi's family
has waited three long years for this. But Boaz is no longer the brother Levi thought he knew. Even if nobody
else wants to see it, Levi can tell that Boaz has changed; something's wrong. When Boaz announces he's off
to hike the Appalachian Trail, Levi knows he's lying. He's heading somewhere else. So Levi follows,
determined to understand who his brother was, what he's been through, and how to bring him home again.
Mexican White Boy – Matt de la Pena
Danny's tall and skinny. Even though he’s not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so
fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. Ninety-five mile per hour fastball, but the boy’s not
even on a team. Every time he gets up on the mound he loses it. But at his private school they don’t expect
much from him. Danny’s half Mexican. And growing up in San Diego means everyone else knows exactly
who he is before they find out he can’t speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and
blue eyes. And that’s why he’s spending the summer with his dad’s family. To find himself, he might just
have to face the demons he refuses to see right in front of his face.
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything
but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus
Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most
ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being
alive and in love
You Don’t Know Me – David Klass
What bathroom fixture did his father have in mind at his birth? What amphibian plagues John in band? Does
algebra have a use, besides torture? Who or what is Lashasa Palulu? Who is Glory Hallelujah? Who is
Violent Hayes? What do they want from John? If friends are people who like you, does John have any? Why
do fools fall in love? If school is a place for learning, where does John go every day? How can anyone
who’s fighting a secret battle for his life know anyone, really? And how can they know him?
Night Hoops – Carl Deuker
Nick Abbott and Trent Dawson have nothing in common but basketball. It's sophomore year and Nick is
trying to deal with his parents' divorce. He also really wants to be a star on the basketball team. Trent, his
neighbor, is angry, and aggressive. The two form an uneasy bond as they quietly practice each night on
Nick's backyard basketball court. But as the basketball season progresses, their lives become unexpectedly
intertwined. In this story of an unlikely bond, Carl Deuker explores the confusing place between loneliness
and friendship, between faithfulness and betrayal. Filled with gripping game play, this is a story about
Now is the Time for Running – Michael Williams
Just down the road from their families, Deo and his friends play soccer in the dusty fields of Zimbabwe,
cheered on by Deo's older brother, Innocent. It is a day like any other . . . until the soldiers arrive and Deo
and Innocent are forced to run for their lives, fleeing the wreckage of their village for the distant promise of
safe haven. Along the way, they face the prejudice and poverty that await refugees everywhere, and must
rely on the kindness of people they meet to make it through. But when tragedy strikes, Deo's love of soccer
is all he has left. Can he use that gift to find hope once more? Relevant, timely, and accessibly written, Now
Is the Time For Running is a staggering story of survival that follows Deo and his mentally handicapped
older brother on a transformative journey that will stick with readers long after the last page.
Feed – M.T. Anderson
For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon - a chance to party during spring
break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker
caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their
heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight
the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of
George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new
world — and a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers
unnervingly close to the here and now.
Nation – Terry Pratchett
Mau is the only one left after a giant wave sweeps his island village away. But when much is taken,
something is returned, and somewhere in the jungle Daphne—a girl from the other side of the globe—is the
sole survivor of a ship destroyed by the same wave. Together the two confront the aftermath of catastrophe.
Drawn by the smoke of Mau and Daphne's sheltering fire, other refugees slowly arrive: children without
parents, mothers without babies, husbands without wives—all of them hungry and all of them frightened. As
Mau and Daphne struggle to keep the small band safe and fed, they defy ancestral spirits, challenge death
himself, and uncover a long-hidden secret that literally turns the world upside down. . . . Internationally
revered storyteller Terry Pratchett presents a breathtaking adventure of survival and discovery, and of the
courage required to forge new beliefs.
The Lost Gate – Orson Scott Card
Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different, and that he was different from them.
While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems,
trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that
he would never show a talent, never form an outself. He grew up in the rambling old house, filled with
dozens of cousins, and aunts and uncles, all ruled by his father. Their home was isolated in the mountains of
western Virginia, far from town, far from schools, far from other people. There are many secrets in the
House, and many rules that Danny must follow. There is a secret library with only a few dozen books, and
none of them in English — but Danny and his cousins are expected to become fluent in the language of the
books. While Danny’s cousins are free to create magic whenever they like, they must never do it where
outsiders might see. Unfortunately, there are some secrets kept from Danny as well. And that will lead to
disaster for the North family.
First Shot – Walter Sorrells
Two years ago, David Crandall’s mother was murdered—and with little evidence, no witnesses, and no
motive, the crime was left unsolved. Now a high school senior, David is unable to shake the sense that
someone knows more than they’re letting on. His suspicion deepens as he uncovers clues to a scandalous
family secret involving embezzlement. But when he spies his father burying an old rifle in a deserted lot
during a rainstorm, suspicion turns to fear. Is his own father the killer? Critically acclaimed author Walter
Sorrells crafts a shocking and fast-paced thriller inspired by a local newspaper headline.
Ghost Medicine – Andrew Smith
The summer before Troy Stotts turns seventeen, his mother dies. Troy and his father barely speak,
communicating instead by writing notes on a legal pad by the phone. Troy spends most of his time with his
closest friends: Tom Buller, brash and fearless, the son of a drunk; Gabe Benavidez, smart enough to know
he’ll never take over the family ranch; and Gabe’s sister, Luz, whose family overprotects her, and who Troy
has loved since they were children. Troy and his friends don’t want trouble. They want this to be the
summer of what Troy calls “ghost medicine,” when time seems to stop, so they won’t have to face the past
or the future. But before the summer is over, their paths will cross in dangerous and fateful ways with people
who will change their lives: Rose, a damaged derelict who lives with a flock of wild horses and goats; and
Chase Rutledge, the arrogant sheriff’s son. Troy and his friends want to disappear. Instead, they will become
what they least expect —brothers, lovers, heroes, and ghosts.
CLASS OF 2015 – Sophomore Selections – Sophomores must read THREE books from the list
Annexed – Sharon Dogar
Everyone knows about Anne Frank and her life hidden in the secret annex – but what about the boy who
was also trapped there with her? In this powerful and gripping novel, Sharon Dogar explores what this
might have been like from Peter’s point of view. What was it like to be forced into hiding with Anne Frank,
first to hate her and then to find yourself falling in love with her? Especially with your parents and her
parents all watching almost everything you do together. Peter and Anne become closer and closer in their
confined quarters, how can they make sense of what they see happening around them? Anne’s diary ends on
August 4, 1944, but Peter’s story takes us on, beyond their betrayal and into the Nazi death camps. He
details with accuracy, clarity and compassion the reality of day to day survival in Auschwitz – and
ultimately the horrific fates of the Annex’s occupants.
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid – Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century—1951—in the middle of the United States—
Des Moines, Iowa—in the middle of the largest generation in American history—the baby boomers. As one
of the best and funniest writers alive, he is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-
American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up
with a rich fantasy life as a superhero. In his case, he ran around his house and neighborhood with an old
football jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel about his neck that served as his cape, leaping tall
buildings in a single bound and vanquishing awful evildoers (and morons)—in his head—as "The
Thunderbolt Kid." Using this persona as a springboard, Bill Bryson re-creates the life of his family and his
native city in the 1950s in all its transcendent normality—a life at once completely familiar to us all and as
far away and unreachable as another galaxy. It was, he reminds us, a happy time, when automobiles and
televisions and appliances (not to mention nuclear weapons) grew larger and more numerous with each
passing year, and DDT, cigarettes, and the fallout from atmospheric testing were considered harmless or
even good for you. He brings us into the life of his loving but eccentric family, including affectionate
Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
In his landmark bestseller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world
around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within.
Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the
blink of an eye-that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers,
while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up
stumbling into error? How do our brains really work-in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in
the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?
Sold – Patricia McCormick
Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though
she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from
school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan
monsoons wash away all that remains of the family’s crops, Lakshmi’s stepfather says she must leave home
and take a job to support her family.
He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to
be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at “Happiness House” full of hope. But she soon
learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.
An old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is
trapped there until she can pay off her family’s debt—then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that
she can never leave. Lakshmi’s life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. Still, she lives by
her mother’s words—Simply to endure is to triumph—and gradually, she forms friendships with the other
girls that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world.
First They Killed My Father, A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers – Loung Ung
One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the
Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army
stormed into the city, forcing Ung's family to flee and, eventually, to disperse. Loung was trained as a child
soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the
horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed. Harrowing yet hopeful, Loung's
powerful story is an unforgettable account of a family shaken and shattered, yet miraculously sustained by
courage and love in the face of unspeakable brutality.
The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur – Daoud Hari
I am the translator who has taken journalists into dangerous Darfur. It is my intention now to take you there
in this book, if you have the courage to come with me. The young life of Daoud Hari–his friends call him
David–has been one of bravery and mesmerizing adventure. He is a living witness to the brutal genocide
under way in Darfur. The Translator is a suspenseful, harrowing, and deeply moving memoir of how one
person has made a difference in the world–an on-the-ground account of one of the biggest stories of our
time. Using his high school knowledge of languages as his weapon–while others around him were taking up
arms–Daoud Hari has helped inform the world about Darfur. The Translator tells the remarkable story of a
man who came face-to-face with genocide– time and again risking his own life to fight injustice and save his
One More Theory About Happiness – Paul Guest
Paul Guest was twelve years old, racing down a hill on a too big, ancient bicycle, when he discovered he had
no brakes. Steering into anything that would slow down the bike, he hit a ditch, was thrown over the
handlebars, and broke his neck. One More Theory About Happiness follows a boy into manhood, from the
harrowing days immediately after his accident to his adult life as a teacher, award-winning poet, and soon-
to-be husband. With wit, courage, and an unstoppable drive to live a life of his own creation—stemming in
part from his remarkable parents, who insisted he return to school only days after arriving home from the
hospital—Paul makes peace with his paralysis. As he grows older, he transforms it with his art, cultivating
his lifelong gift for language into a searing poetic sensibility that has earned him praise from the highest
ranks of American letters (“Wonderful”— John Ashbery; “Astonishing”—Jorie Graham; “Fierce and
unnerving”—Robert Hass). An unforgettable story—shatteringly funny, deeply moving, and breathtakingly
honest—One More Theory About Happiness takes us from a body irrevocably changed to a life fiercely
Saint Iggy – K.L. Going
When Iggy Corso gets kicked out of high school, there's no one for him to tell. His mother has gone off, his
father is stoned on the couch, and the phone's been disconnected, so even the social worker can't get
through. Leaving his public housing behind, Iggy ventures into the world to make something of his life. It's
not easy when you're sixteen, have no skills, and your only friend is mixed up with the dealer who got your
mom hooked. But Iggy is . . . Iggy, and he has the kind of wisdom that lets him see what no one else can.
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
After 103 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and with four million copies of The Kite Runner
shipped, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as
one of the most important literary writers today. Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that
made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of
thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be
found in love.
Farewell to Manzanar – Jeanne Houston
Jeanne Wakatsuki was seven years old in 1942 when her family was uprooted from their home and sent to
live at Manzanar internment camp--with 10,000 other Japanese Americans. Along with searchlight towers
and armed guards, Manzanar ludicrously featured cheerleaders, Boy Scouts, sock hops, baton twirling
lessons and a dance band called the Jive Bombers who would play any popular song except the nation's #1
hit: "Don't Fence Me In."
Farewell to Manzanar is the true story of one spirited Japanese-American family's attempt to survive the
indignities of forced detention . . . and of a native-born American child who discovered what it was like to
grow up behind barbed wire in the United States.
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent
novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an
unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four
strangers--a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have
fled the caste violence of their native village--will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment
and an uncertain future. As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A
Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.
Out of Shadows – Jason Wallace
Twelve-year-old Robert Jacklin comes face-to-face with bigotry, racism, and brutality when he is uprooted
from England and moves to Zimbabwe with his family. Robert is enrolled in one of the country s most elite
boys boarding schools. Newly integrated, the school is a microcosm of the horrible problems faced by the
struggling new country in the wake of a bloody civil war. The white boys want their old country back and
torment the black Africans. Robert must make careful alliances. His decision to join the ranks of the more
powerful white boys has a devastating effect on his conscience and emerging manhood.
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates – Wes Moore
Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in
similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their
crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated
veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a
life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In
alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption,
The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world. "The
chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his."
The Compound – S.A. Bodeen
Eli and his family have lived in the underground Compound for six years. The world they knew is gone, and
they’ve become accustomed to their new life. Accustomed, but not happy. No amount of luxury can stifle
the dull routine of living in the same place, with only his two sisters, only his father and mother, doing the
same thing day after day after day. As problems with their carefully planned existence threaten to destroy
their sanctuary—and their sanity—Eli can’t help but wonder if he’d rather take his chances outside. Eli’s
father built the Compound to keep them safe. But are they safe—really?
Tattoos on the Heart – Gregory Boyle
For twenty years, Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the
Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, he
distills his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith.
Arranged by theme and filled with sparkling humor and glowing generosity, these essays offer a stirring
look at how full our lives could be if we could find the joy in loving others and in being loved
unconditionally. From giant, tattooed Cesar, shopping at JCPenney fresh out of prison, we learn how to feel
worthy of God's love. From ten-year-old Lula we learn the importance of being known and acknowledged.
From Pedro we understand the kind of patience necessary to rescue someone from the darkness. In each
chapter we benefit from Boyle’s gentle, hard-earned wisdom. These essays about universal kinship and
redemption are moving examples of the power of unconditional love and the importance of fighting despair.
Gorgeous and uplifting, Tattoos on the Heart reminds us that no life is less valuable than another.
CLASS OF 2014 – Junior Selections – Juniors must read any THREE books from the list
Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High – Melba
In 1957, Melba Pattillo turned sixteen. That was also the year she became a warrior on the front lines of a
civil rights firestorm. Following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education,
Melba was one of nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock's Central High School. Throughout her
harrowing ordeal, Melba was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mob's
rope, attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, and injured by acid sprayed in her eyes. But through it all, she
acted with dignity and courage, and refused to back down. This is her remarkable story.
Another Man’s War: The True Story of One Man’s Battle to Save Children in the Sudan – Sam Childers
A gun-toting preacher, a rebel army led by a madman, and entire villages slaughtered just because they were
in the way. In Another Man's War, follow Sam Childer's remarkable transformation from violent thug to a
man of faith, and his ongoing battle to save children in one of the world's most lawless areas. "Another
Man's War is about true terrorism . . . against more than 200,000 children in northern Uganda and
Southern Sudan. Sam Childers-a fighter and a preacher (some call him a mercenary)-tirelessly leads a
small militia into the jungle, daring to fight against a vicious army outnumbering him one thousand to one.
One man can make a huge difference. Sam Childers certainly does." -- Peter Fonda, actor/filmmaker, best
known as star of Easy Rider "The Reverend Sam Childers has been a very close friend to the government of
South Sudan for many years and is a trusted friend." -- President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan
The Dogs of War: 1861 – Emory M. Thomas
In 1861, Americans thought that the war looming on their horizon would be brief. None foresaw that they
were embarking on our nation's worst calamity, a four-year bloodbath that cost the lives of more than half a
million people. But as eminent Civil War historian Emory Thomas points out in this stimulating and
provocative book, once the dogs of war are unleashed, it is almost impossible to rein them in. In The Dogs
of War, Thomas highlights the delusions that dominated each side's thinking. Lincoln believed that most
Southerners loved the Union, and would be dragged unwillingly into secession by the planter class.
Jefferson Davis could not quite believe that Northern resolve would survive the first battle. Once the
Yankees witnessed Southern determination, he hoped, they would acknowledge Confederate independence.
These two leaders, in turn, reflected widely held myths. Thomas weaves his exploration of these
misconceptions into a tense narrative of the months leading up to the war, from the "Great Secession
Winter" to a fast-paced account of the Fort Sumter crisis in 1861.
Emory M. Thomas's books demonstrate a breathtaking range of major Civil War scholarship, from The
Confederacy as a Revolutionary Experience and the landmark The Confederate Nation, to definitive
biographies of Robert E. Lee and J.E.B. Stuart. In The Dogs of War, he draws upon his lifetime of study to
offer a new perspective on the outbreak of our national Iliad.
Monday Mornings – Sanjay Gupta
Every time surgeons operate, they're betting their skills are better than the brain tumor, the faulty heart
valve, the fractured femur. Sometimes, they're wrong. At Chelsea General, surgeons answer for bad
outcomes at the Morbidity and Mortality conference, known as M & M. This extraordinary peek behind the
curtain into what is considered the most secretive meeting in all of medicine is the back drop for the entire
book. Monday Mornings, by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, follows the lives of five surgeons at Chelsea General as they
push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings, often in front of their
peers at M & M. It is on Monday mornings that reflection and introspection occurs, usually in private. It is
Monday Mornings that provides a unique look at the real method in which surgeons learn - through their
mistakes. It is Monday Mornings when, if you're lucky, you have a chance at redemption.
The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
This is the riveting first-person narrative of Kvothe, a young man who grows to be one of the most notorious
magicians his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a
near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary
school of magic, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that transports readers into the body and mind of a
Horoscope of the Dead – Billy Collins
Billy Collins is widely acknowledged as a prominent player at the table of modern American poetry. And in
this smart, lyrical, and mischievous collection of poetry, which covers the everlasting themes of love and
loss, youth and aging, solitude and union, Collins’s verbal gifts are on full display.
A Dance with Dragons – George R.R. Martin
In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance once again--
beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of
House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has
three times three thousand enemies, and many have set out to find her. Yet, as they gather, one young man
embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind. Dubbed “the American
Tolkien” by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle
of epic fantasy. Now the #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding
landmark series--as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.
All Things Possible: My Story of Faith, Football, and the Field – Kurt Warner
NFL sensation Kurt Warner tells the incredible story of faith and perseverance that captured the hearts of
millions and rocketed him from obscurity to become MVP and Super Bowl champion.
Home – Toni Morrison
America’s most celebrated novelist, Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison extends her profound take on our
history with this twentieth-century tale of redemption: a taut and tortured story about one man’s desperate
search for himself in a world disfigured by war. Frank Money is an angry, self-loathing veteran of the
Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with
more than just physical scars. His home may seem alien to him, but he is shocked out of his crippling apathy
by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they
come from and that he’s hated all his life. As Frank revisits his memories from childhood and the war that
have left him questioning his sense of self, he discovers a profound courage he had thought he could never
possess again. A deeply moving novel about an apparently defeated man finding his manhood—and his
Micro – Michael Crichton
In Jurassic Park, he created a terrifying new world. Now, in Micro, Michael Crichton reveals a universe too
small to see and too dangerous to ignore. In a locked Honolulu office building, three men are found dead
with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left
behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye. In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking
technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of
thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and
applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined.
Beethoven’s Hair – Russell Martin and Lydia Nibley
Ludwig van Beethoven lay dying in 1827, a young musician named Ferdinand Hiller came to pay his
respects to the great composer. In those days, it was customary to snip a lock of hair as a keepsake, and this
Hiller did a day after Beethoven's death. By the time he was buried, Beethoven's head had been nearly shorn
by the many people who similarly had wanted a lasting memento of the great man. Such was his powerful
effect on all those who had heard his music.
For a century, the lock of hair was a treasured Hiller family relic, and perhaps was destined to end up
sequestered in a bank vault, until it somehow found its way to the town of Gilleleje, in Nazi-occupied
Denmark, during the darkest days of the Second World War. There, it was given to a local doctor, Kay
Fremming, who was deeply involved in the effort to help save hundreds of hunted and frightened Jews. Who
gave him the hair, and why? And what was the fate of those refugees, holed up in the attic of Gilleleje's
CLASS OF 2013 – Senior Selections – Seniors MUST read the required selection and TWO additional
books from the list
ALL SENIORS MUST READ:
Contemplatives in Action: The Jesuit Way William Barry and Robert Doherty
In this enlightening book, William Barry and Robert Doherty explain just what makes Jesuits tick. Through
an exploration of Jesuit spirituality--what makes it different from other spiritualties, even Ignatian
spirituality--they help readers understand this religious order that has played a significant role in the life of
individuals, of communities and of cultures. They demonstrate that at the heart of Jesuit spirituality lies a set
of life giving and creative tensions between, for example, companionship and mission, obedience and
learning from experience, and center and periphery in the Church. This selection will be assessed in
religion class and NOT on the Summer Reading test on September 11, 2012 – ALL seniors will need to
bring this text to religion class
Calico Joe – John Grisham
Whatever happened to Calico Joe? “It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for
the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim
Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first,
so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a twenty-one-year-old named Joe
Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz.” In the summer of 1973 Joe Castle was the
boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone had ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas
dazzled Cub fans as he hit home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shattered all
11/22/63 – Stephen King
On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed.
What if you could change it back? Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who
travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination—a thousand page tour de force. Following his
massively successful novel Under the Dome, King sweeps readers back in time to another moment—a real
life moment—when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a character
who has the power to change the course of history. A tribute to a simpler era and a devastating exercise in
escalating suspense, 11/22/63 is Stephen King at his epic best.
American Gods – Neil Gaiman
Released from prison, Shadow finds his world turned upside down. His wife has been killed; a mysterious
stranger offers him a job. But Mr. Wednesday, who knows more about Shadow than is possible, warns that a
storm is coming -- a battle for the very soul of America . . . and they are in its direct path. One of the most
talked-about books of the new millennium, American Gods is a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth and
across an American landscape at once eerily familiar and utterly alien. It is, quite simply, a contemporary
A Heart for Freedom – Chai Ling
The dramatic and fascinating story of Chai Ling, commander-in-chief of the student protesters at Tiananmen
Square and witness to the massacre of thousands of Chinese civilians. Risking imprisonment and possible
death for her leadership role in the student democracy movement, she was on the run in China for ten
months while being hunted by the authorities. She eventually escaped to the U.S., completed her education
at Princeton and Harvard, found true love, and became a highly successful entrepreneur. But her desperate
quest for freedom, purpose, and peace—which she had sought in turn through academic achievement,
romantic love, political activism, and career success—was never satisfied until she had an unexpected
encounter with a formerly forbidden faith. Her newfound passion for God led to her life’s greatest mission:
Fighting for the lives and rights of young girls in China.
Blind Your Ponies – Stanley Gordon West
Hope is hard to come by in the hard-luck town of Willow Creek. Sam Pickett and five young men are about
to change that. Sam Pickett never expected to settle in this dried-up shell of a town on the western edge of
the world. He's come here to hide from the violence and madness that have shattered his life, but what he
finds is what he least expects. There's a spirit that endures in Willow Cree, Montana. It seems that every
inhabitant of this forgotten outpost has a story, a reason for taking a detour to this place--or a reason for
staying. As the coach of the hapless high school basketball team (zero wins, ninety-three losses), Sam can't
help but be moved by the bravery he witnesses in the everyday lives of people--including his own young
players--bearing their sorrows and broken dreams. How do they carry on, believing in a future that seems to
be based on the flimsiest of promises? Drawing on the strength of the boys on the team, sharing the hope
they display despite insurmountable odds, Sam finally begins to see a future worth living. Author Stanley
Gordon West has filled the town of Willow Creek with characters so vividly cast that they become real as
relatives, and their stories--so full of humor and passion, loss and determination--illuminate a path into the
Child, Victim, Soldier: The Loss of Innocence in Uganda – Donald H. Dunson
Sunday Obote was only seven when he was kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army, a rebel group in
northern Uganda. His life abruptly changed from peaceful village life, where he fished and hunted with his
friends, to the savagery of the LRA. Sunday was turned into a child soldier trained to kill on demand, even
killing other children." Torn from their families in the dead of night and forced to carry out terrible acts,
hundreds of children like Sunday bear terrifying scars on their bodies, minds, and souls. Fr. Dunson lets
their stories be heard, often in their own voices. His text, accompanied by powerful photographs, also
reflects on the presence of evil in the world and the desperate need for healing.
Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid into College - Andrew Ferguson
Once a straightforward process, applying to college has evolved into a multi-year ordeal and spawned a
multi-billion dollar cottage industry of freelance counselors, tutors, essay coaches, interview advisers, and
political activists. In Crazy U, Ferguson spends time with the most sought-after private counselor, provides a
pocket history of higher education in America, looks at the growth of the college marketing industry, and
asks: Why the hell does college cost so much, and how can my kid get in? Writing with humor and humility,
Ferguson chronicles his perilous journey through this seemingly impenetrable, hall-of-mirrors process
where, it seems, even the slightest misstep could derail his son’s future. Crazy U doesn’t divulge the secrets
of getting accepted to a dream school, but it will help readers maintain a measure of sanity as they enter the
trenches of college admissions.
Ride the Jawbone – Jim Moore
Ride the Jawbone weaves a compelling story of a gruesome murder and of a young lawyer who is called
upon to defend the loathsome vagrant accused of the killing a young woman and throwing her body from the
train. When no established attorney will defend the alleged murderer, the judge all but orders young T. C.
Bruce, newly licensed to practice law, to undertake the task. While tracking the efforts of the young attorney
to save his client from the hangman, the reader is transported back in time to central Montana, its ranching
communities, and the famous Jawbone Railroad, as they existed at the turn of the twentieth century. Ride the
Jawbone is a history lesson wrapped in a gripping mystery. Richard A. Harlow, without adequate financing
is said to have jawboned the first railroad in central Montana into existence, a creation thereafter known
only as the Jawbone. T. C. Bruce is the son of a rancher with a large spread near the newly created town of
Two Dot. He loves ranching and is torn between his pleasing his father who wishes for him to take over the
ranch and his mother who wants him to put his education to use. Two young women, different in every
aspect, lend spice to the story. Lessons in the history and culture of place are most enjoyable when
encountered in a story with rich characters and a challenging plot. Ride the Jawbone, a 225 page paperback
original fills this bill effectively. Readers will learn much about the way of life of ranchers and other citizens
of that place and time. The rich, eye-catching cover is crafted from a 1904 painting by R. E. DeCamp, which
shows the Jawbone Railroad as it traveled through Sixteen Mile Canyon. A comprehensive discussion guide
is included in the back of the book.
War – Sebastian Junger
In War Sebastian Junger gives breathtaking insight into the truths of war-- the fear, the honor, and the trust
among men. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the
most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. Through the experiences of these young men at
war, he shows what it means to fight, to serve, and to face down mortal danger on a regular basis.
Prague Cemetery – Umberto Eco
Nineteenth-century Europe—from Turin to Prague to Paris—abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious.
Conspiracies rule history. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian republicans strangle priests with their own
intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate Black Masses at night. Every nation has its
own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. From the unification of Italy to the Paris
Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone
needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies both real and imagined, lay one lone man?
What if that evil genius created its most infamous document?
Eco takes his readers on an unforgettable journey through the underbelly of world-shattering events. Eco at
his most exciting, a book immediately hailed as a masterpiece. Nineteenth-century Europe—from Turin to
Prague to Paris—abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Conspiracies rule history. Jesuits plot against
Freemasons. Italian republicans strangle priests with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings
by day and celebrate Black Masses at night. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries,
plots, and massacres. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to The
Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all
of these conspiracies both real and imagined, lay one lone man? What if that evil genius created its most
Eco takes his readers on an unforgettable journey through the underbelly of world-shattering events. Eco at
his most exciting, a book immediately hailed as a masterpiece.
Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d’Art – Christopher Moore
A rollicking tale that features special printed map endpapers and more than two dozen masterpieces of art
throughout the book, Sacre Bleu is better than a day at the museum! It is the color of the Virgin Mary's
cloak, a dazzling pigment desired by artists, an exquisite hue infused with danger, adventure, and perhaps
even the supernatural. It is . . . Sacre Bleu! In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot
himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his own life . . .
and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had
claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a
certain shade of blue?
How to Survive Your Freshman Year - Mark W. Bernstein
How to Survive Your Freshman Year offers incoming college freshmen the experience, advice, and wisdom
of their peers: hundreds of other students who have survived their first year of college and have something
interesting to say about it. Based on interviews with hundreds of college students at every type of higher-
learning institution across the country, this book has insights on every aspect of college life, including, what
to take to the dorm, living with roommates, Facebook and other social networks, extracurricular activities,
choosing classes, studying, going abroad, finances, food, the social scene, doing laundry, staying in touch
with friends and family, and much more. Highly readable, much of the book consists of short snippets with
some interesting insight and advice from the college students interviewed. The book also includes expert
input from college advisors and officers.
Through My Eyes – Tim Tebow
Over the course of the last five years, Tim Tebow established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in
the history of college football and a top prospect in the NFL. During that time he amassed an unparalleled
resume—winning two BCS national championships, becoming the first sophomore in NCAA history to win
the Heisman trophy, and in the face of massive public scrutiny, being drafted in the first round of the NFL
draft by the Denver Broncos. Now, in Through My Eyes, Tebow brings readers everywhere an inspirational
memoir about life as he chose to live it, revealing how his faith and family values, combined with his
relentless will to succeed, have molded him into the person that he is today. As the son of Christian
missionaries, Tebow has a unique story to tell—from the circumstances of his birth, to his home-schooled
roots, to his record-setting collegiate football career with the Florida Gators and everything else that took
place in between. At every step, Tebow's life has defied convention and expectation. While aspects of his
life have been well-documented, the stories have always been filtered through the opinions and words of
others. Through My Eyes is his passionate, firsthand, never-before-told account of how it all really
Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more
than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has
written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur
whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated
movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. At a time when America is seeking ways to
sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies,
Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to
create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where
leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Ben Fountain
A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents at "the battle of Al-Ansakar Canal"—three minutes and forty-
three seconds of intense warfare caught on tape by an embedded Fox News crew—has transformed the eight
surviving men of Bravo Squad into America's most sought-after heroes. For the past two weeks, the Bush
administration has sent them on a media-intensive nationwide Victory Tour to reinvigorate public support
for the war. Now, on this chilly and rainy Thanksgiving, the Bravos are guests of America's Team, the
Dallas Cowboys, slated to be part of the halftime show alongside the superstar pop group Destiny's Child.
Among the Bravos is the Silver Star–winning hero of Al-Ansakar Canal, Specialist William Lynn, a
nineteen-year-old Texas native. Amid clamoring patriots sporting flag pins on their lapels and Support Our
Troops bumper stickers on their cars, the Bravos are thrust into the company of the Cowboys' hard-nosed
businessman/owner and his coterie of wealthy colleagues; a luscious born-again Cowboys cheerleader; a
veteran Hollywood producer; and supersized pro players eager for a vicarious taste of war. Among these
faces Billy sees those of his family—his worried sisters and broken father—and Shroom, the philosophical
sergeant who opened Billy's mind and died in his arms at Al-Ansakar. Poignant, riotously funny, and
exquisitely heartbreaking, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a devastating portrait of our time, a searing
and powerful novel that cements Ben Fountain's reputation as one of the finest writers of his generation.
The Fortunate Pilgrim Mario Puzo
Before The Godfather and The Last Don, there was Puzo's classic story about the loves, crimes and struggles
confronted by one family of New York City immigrants living in Hell's Kitchen. Fresh from the farms in
Italy, Lucia Santa struggles to hold her family together in a strange land. At turns poignant, comic and
violent, and with a new preface by the author, The Fortunate Pilgrim is Italian-American fiction at its very
Civilization: The West and the Rest – Niall Ferguson
The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon
of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for
Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take
Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the
petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine
warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations. How did the West
overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed?
In Civilization: The West and the Rest, bestselling author Niall Ferguson argues that, beginning in the
fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts that the Rest lacked: competition, science,
the rule of law, consumerism, modern medicine, and the work ethic. These were the "killer applications" that
allowed the West to leap ahead of the Rest, opening global trade routes, exploiting newly discovered
scientific laws, evolving a system of representative government, more than doubling life expectancy,
unleashing the Industrial Revolution, and embracing a dynamic work ethic. Civilization shows just how
fewer than a dozen Western empires came to control more than half of humanity and four fifths of the world