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Students will be assigned two summer reading books. Read carefully for your books (noted by grade level below). 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 are available below as well. All books are available at the St. Edward bookstore as well as at most libraries and booksellers. 

Note: Course-specific titles (for upperclassmen) are at the bottom of this page.


Incoming Freshmen will read:

The Servant (by James C. Hunter)An absorbing tale focusing on the St. Edward mission value of servant leadership.  A troubled modern day businessman learns about love, service and sacrifice through the lessons shared on a leadership retreat at a Benedictine monastery. [Study Guide]

Tuesdays With Morrie (by Mitch Albom) An inspiring look at some of the big questions of life, as answered through the wisdom of an aging college professor, approaching death in the final stages of "Lou Gehrig's Disease."  [Study Guide]

Rising Sophomores will read:

Tuesdays With Morrie (by Mitch Albom)  [Study Guide]

Into Thin Air (by Jon Krakauer) The epic tale of the May, 1996 Mt. Everest hiking disaster.  Krakauer's first-hand account is a balanced look at the tragedy and the people affected, from dedicated Sherpa guides to incompetent climbers overmatched by the brutal power of the "top of the world."  [Study Guide]

Rising Juniors will read:

Into Thin Air (by Jon Krakauer)  [Study Guide]

The Last Lecture (by Randy Pausch) - The author effectively uses humor, inspiration and intelligence to describe his battle with terminal cancer.  His lesson is not about dying, but rather overcoming obstacles and seizing every moment.  [Study Guide]

Rising Seniors will read:

The Last Lecture
(by Randy Pausch) - [Study Guide]

Wanted on Warrants (by Daniel J. Flannery) - A scholarly analysis of the nationwide "Fugitive Safe Surrender" program.  A look at law enforcement's use of local churches to create a safe, non-violent place for fugitives to surrender.  This work represents the type of research and analysis characterizing college-level study.  [Study Guide]

Course-specific Titles

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



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