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Summer Reading

Summer Reading


“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.”

     - Barbara Tuchman


Summer reading is a means to support and enrich reading skills and language development. Just as athletics, performance arts and other endeavors require year- round physical fitness and skill development, academic fitness requires year- round attention to the practice of reading and the development of a rich background of experiences and knowledge. Reading develops increased comprehension skills and fluency with writing. Reading also improves SAT/ACT scores and chances for success in college. Student responsibility and active participation in one’s own education develops self-awareness and a moral compass. Our reading program allows students to explore classic and contemporary works that enhance their academic and social development on their journey of self-discovery.

We strongly advise our students to read actively and critically by annotating and highlighting passages, outlining/paraphrasing each chapter.


There will be a formal assessment administered on the first full day of classes for all grade levels.

All Advanced Placement assignments will be administered by the respective teacher.

8TH GRADE PREP: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton


Synopsis: The Outsiders is a book that delves deeply into the hearts, minds, and stories of a group that had no voice before S.E. Hinton gave them one. Thirty years after it was published, this novel still carries the same frightening and unifying messages for teens and readers of all ages. The ruthlessly realistic and violent story of the Greasers and the Socs, rival gangs from very different sides of the railroad track, is narrated by Ponyboy Curtis, a smart, sensitive boy who has grown to become one of the most recognizable figures in the history of young adult literature. Any teen who has ever felt isolated or different can identify with Ponyboy, a boy forced to be on the outside, but who underneath is just as scared and needy as anyone.


ALL Grade 9 Students will read:


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Synopsis: This is the unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it. Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus. Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up.


ALL Grade 10 Students will read:


Alas Babylon by Pat Frank

Alas Babylon is the story of the survivors of a post-apocalyptic nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union. It primarily follows the story of Randy Bragg who becomes the leader of a small band of survivors and eventually the protector and leader of the entire town or Fort Repose, Florida.  The story explores the possibility of survival in a remote area not fully destroyed by a nuclear attack. How can we survive when everything we now take for granted is gone?


ALL Grade 11 Students will read:


Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

This is a mystery crime story with multiple suspects, one or more murders, and one victim. The lesson to learn from this book is that maybe the people you trust aren’t that trustworthy and also don’t try to run away from your problems. Hercule Poirot is the detective that Agatha Christie created to feed the reader the clues about the crime and help the reader solve the mystery.


ALL Grade 12 Students will read:


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history. The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction. A powerful story of friendship, it is also about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption as well as an exploration of the power of fathers over sons – their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

The DePaul Catholic Summer Reading Books are now available at 4 different Barnes and Noble locations in our area:


B&N Clifton Commons


B&N Shops at Riverside 


B&N Woodland Park


B&N Paramus, Rte. 17 South


These B&N locations have a dedicated Table of DePaul Catholic Summer Reading Books.


Take advantage of this great opportunity to get an early start on your Summer Reading.