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2013 Summer Reading

Note: Course-specific titles are at the bottom of this page.


Incoming Freshmen will read:

· The Servant, by James C. Hunter [Study Guide]

· The Boy who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer [Study Guide ]

· Calico Joe, by John Grisham [Study Guide]

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors will read:

· The Boy who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer [Study Guide ]

· Calico Joe, by John Grisham [Study Guide]

· lol…OMG, What Every Student Needs to Know About Online Reputation Management, Digital Citizenship, and Cyberbullying (High School Edition), by Matt Ivester [Study Guide]

In a change from recent years, students will be assigned two all-school summer reading books and a third book assigned by grade level. As in the past, students’ understanding of each book will be assessed during the first full week of school, and, as in the past, the average of the all assessments will count for a summer reading grade listed separately on the transcript for .125 credits per year. Study guides for each book will be available on the St. Edward website in June.

In Calico Joe: A novel, John Grisham, one of our nation’s most successful contemporary novelists takes on America’s pastime in a story that, though set around baseball, is ultimately about the most fundamental of human relationships. His blending of fictional characters with historical facts from baseball history add color to what is ultimately a story about human relationships.

Half a world away, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope traces the true story of William Kamkwamba who, when faced with the harsh realities of poverty and famine, turned to innovation and self-education to bring hope where it was most needed.

In lol…OMG (High School Edition), sophomores through seniors will read valuable advice from author Matt Ivester an internet entrepreneur who learned firsthand just how World Wide the Web is when placing something "funny” on the Internet for friends (lol) that it is seen by unintended audiences (OMG!).

Finally, the freshmen will join the last six classes of Edsmen in reading James Hunter’s parable The Servant, which describes one man’s journey toward his realization of Jesus’ lesson to his followers that, in order to lead, you must serve.

All books are available at the St. Edward bookstore as well as at most libraries and booksellers.

Course-specific Titles

#AP US History: America at 1750 | The Best and the Brightest

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