2018 Summer Reading

Each student attending Ursuline Academy is required to read during the summer in preparation for her classes the following year.  We have tried to compile a summer reading list encompassing all genres–the novel, poetry, drama and the biography–to accommodate many tastes and reading abilities.

All students are required to read The Rent Collector by Camron Wright.  There will be an assessment on the book on the first day of the school semester.

Each student must select a one book from a grade-specific list designed to highlight particular areas to be covered in the class.  The student will be held accountable for her reading in the form of a written essay or project on the text chosen from the list.  The assignment will be completed in the first two weeks of the fall semester.


All students in the ninth grade must also choose one book from the list below:

  • Nolan:  Dancing on the Edge
  • Smith:  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • HillenBrand:  Unbroken
  • Jordan/Sullivan:  The Prison Angel
  • Du Maurier:  Rebecca
  • Alcott:  Little Women
  • Cox:  Swimming to Antarctica
  • Kidd:  The Secret Life of Bees
  • Steinbeck:  The Pearl


All students in the tenth grade must also choose one book from the list below:

  • Ngozi Adichie:  Purple Hibiscus
  • Anaya:  Bless Me, Ultima
  • Amado:  Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon
  • Beah:  A Long Way Gone
  • Aronson and Budhos:  Sugar Changed the World
  • Tsukiyama:  Dreaming Water
  • Lahiri:  The Namesake
  • Sheth:  Keeping Corner
  • Gaiman:  Norse Mythology


All students in the eleventh grade must also choose one book from the list below:

  • Jiles:  Enemy Women
  • Hemingway:  A Farewell to Arms
  • Tan:  The Kitchen God’s Wife
  • Haruf:  The Tie That Binds
  • Cather:  My Antonia
  • Enger:  Peace Like a River
  • Kazin:  A Walker in the City
  • Cline:  Overdressed
  • Jacobs:  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • St. John-Mandel:  Station Eleven
  • Walls:  The Glass Castle


All students in the twelfth grade must also choose one book from the list below:

  • King:  On Writing
  • Skloot:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Huong:  Paradise of the Blind
  • Fuller:  Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight
  • Irving:  A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • Boo:  Behind the Beautiful Forevers
  • Suskind:  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Vance:  Hillbilly Elegy
  • Doerr:  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Alexander:  The New Jim Crow