2018 Summer Reading Program

Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory's Summer Reading Program has been designed to develop an appreciation for reading and lifelong learning. Encouraging our students to read is one of the many ways we are preparing our students for academic excellence.

Program Goals

  • Encourage students to develop an appreciation for reading and lifelong learning.
  • Provide a learning environment that encourages intellectual exploration, social consciousness and active learning.
  • Provide students with an opportunity to discuss the reading, with peers, in an adult-moderated Reading Circle.

This year, students, by grade level, will be provided with one book title. Click on the school year for the summer reading title and a synopsis of the book. We will meet at the beginning of the school year in our “reading circles” to discuss the book and you will be assessed on the summer reading book in the following classes:

  • 9th Grade will be assessed in their Science and Math classes
  • 10th Grade will be assessed in their Foreign Language and Fine Arts classes
  • 11th Grade will be assessed in their Social Studies and English classes
  • 12th Grade will be assessed in their Theology classes.

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the student to obtain his/her own copy of the text. If a PDF version is not available via Internet, books can be purchased via local book store or Internet source (Amazon – new/used, eBay – used, Thriftbooks – used, Alibris – new/used).


Grade 9

Skink--No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen

When your cousin goes missing under suspicious circumstances, who do you call? There’s only one man for the job: a half-crazed, half-feral, one-eyed ex-governor named Skink. Skink joins 14-year-old Richard on a breakneck chase across Florida, undaunted by lightning storms, poisonous snakes, flying bullets, and giant gators. There are a million places cousin Malley could be, a million unpleasant fates that might have befallen her, but one thing is certain: in the Florida swamp, justice is best served wild.

Grade 10

Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork

Four months ago Sara Zapata's best friend disappeared, kidnapped by the web of criminals who terrorize Juarez. Four hours ago Sara received a death threat -- and with it, a clue to the place where her friend is locked away. Four weeks ago Emiliano Zapata fell in love with Perla Rubi, who will never be his so long as he's poor. Four minutes ago Emiliano got the chance to make more money than he ever dreamed -- just by joining the web. In the next four days, Sara and Emiliano will each face impossible choices, between life and justice, friends and family, truth and love. But when the web closes in on Sara, only one path remains for the siblings: the way across the desert to the United States.

Grade 11

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three.

Grade 12

Silence: A Novel by Shusako Endo

A 1966 novel of historical fiction. It is the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan, who endures persecution in the time of Kakure Kirishitan ("Hidden Christians") that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion. The recipient of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, it has been called Endo's “supreme achievement" and one of the twentieth century's finest novels.

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