Summer Reading Program

Dear Christian Academy Parents and Students,

A long time ago, in a land far away, before the internet, smart phones, and television on-demand, people would entertain themselves by reading books! While some may think that reading a book is old-fashioned, we at Christian Academy of Greater St. Louis believe that the numerous benefits of reading are too important to ignore.

Studies have shown that reading increases your vocabulary and comprehension. Reading reduces stress, helps you sleep, and fights depression symptoms. It can even help to lower your heart rate and blood pressure. In addition to these benefits, a good book can take you to a faraway place, help you slay a dragon, introduce you to new friends and new cultures, and just about anything else you can think of!

This summer, we are starting a new program. Everyone will be reading two books (three books if you want to take English for honors). Now, don’t think of it as summer homework, rather think of it as an opportunity for summer adventure!

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Lose the distractions! Turn off the TV, music, cell phone, and anything else that will be competing for your attention. Practice self control.

  2. Find a place where you can use your imagination. It could be on the couch, in a bean bag chair, under a tree in the backyard, in the back of your closet with a flashlight, or any special place that you want to create.

  3. Read with pen and paper. Jot down some notes (nothing formal) that will help you remember. Write enough that you will not forget the main characters and the adventures that they get into.

  4. Read with a goal in mind. Set a timer for 20 minutes or 30 minutes, and read until the timer goes off. Or, read a certain number of pages or chapters.

  5. Read with your ears. If you have problems concentrating with just your eyes, try listening to the audiobook. Many are free online, or check it out at your local library. You can also read your book outloud to yourself or to a sibling or friend.

There really isn’t a right or wrong way to read. Just read! Don’t let your imagination and your artistic skills get rusty over the summer. Have an adventure or two. We can’t wait to hear about it when we all get back together in August.

Have fun!

Mrs. Holloway and Mrs. Powers

English Department

P.S. We’ll be reading, too!

One-Pager Templates

What is a one-pager?

A one-pager is a way to show your understanding of the novel that you read. Follow the directions below.

Your one-pager should include the following:


Your name, the title of your novel, and the author’s name. This information may be larger than the other text, have a border, stand out by color, etc.


A border must be included and it should add some meaning to your one-pager. It should not simply be a different color. To add meaning a border may contain words, phrases, symbols, images, etc.


The bulk of your one-pager should demonstrate your understanding of the novel. This is your opportunity to show what you know. Any and all information you have learned about your novel should be included on the one-pager. Information should be displayed with a combination of images and texts. Use text and images to tell about the main characters, setting, and theme of the novel. You may also include your favorite quotes from your book.


Illustrations and diagrams are a MUST to be included on a one-pager. They should be labeled and/or

described to explain their complete meaning. All illustrations should be hand drawn and should

be neat and COLORFUL. Draw your illustrations with a pencil first, then trace over them with colored pencils or fine-tipped markers.


All text should be neat, spelled correctly, and grammatically correct. Write text with a pencil

first, then trace over it with a pen or fine-tipped marker.


Your one-pager should be neat. COLOR is a must! Very little white space should remain on your one-pager. Colorful background should support your understanding of the novel. Do not overfill or underfill your page.

NOW...choose a one-pager template from this packet, and start showing off what you discovered while reading your novel. We can’t wait to see what you bring back in the fall!

Happy adventuring!

Middle School Reading List

Please complete your reading before the end of the first week of school in August. There will be an assessment over the novel that you are required to read. This will take place during the 2nd week of school.

When you finish the book of your choice from the list below, you are to complete a one-pager about your book. Make sure to do your best. Your one-pager will be displayed in our classroom!

  • Click on the grade level for each list.

6th & 7th Grade


The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

Choose 1 of the following:

Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman - Dorothy Sterling

Fuzzy Mud - Louis Sachar

Ghost - Jason Reynolds

Genesis Begins Again - Alicia D. Williams

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

The Red Pyramid: Kane Chronicles, Book 1- Rick Riordan

A Night Divided - Jennifer Nielson

Operation Red Jericho: The Guild of Specialists, Book - Joshua Mowll

The Crossover - Kwame Alexander

Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt

The Lions of Little Rock - Kristin Levine

8th Grade


Holes - Louis Sachar

Choose 1 of the following:

Esperanza Rising - Pam Muñoz

Ryan Inside Out and Back Again - Thanhha Lai

Johnny Tremain - Esther Forbes

Long Way Down - Jason Reynolds

Out of the Silent Planet - C.S. Lewis

Peter and the Star Catchers - Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

The Hiding Place - Corrie ten Boom

The Lord of the Rings (any in the trilogy) - J. R. R. Tolkien

The Magician’s Nephew - C.S. Lewis

High School Reading List

Please complete your reading before the first Friday that you have English class, as that will be the day the required readings will be discussed and assessed. (That date will be determined when you come to sign up for classes in August.)

When you finish the book(s) of your choice from the list below, you are to create a one-pager for your book(s) to be displayed when we return to school.

  • Click on the Grade level for each list

English 9


A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Choose 1 (2 for Honors) of the following: (must be one you have not previously read)

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Hatchet by Gary Paulson

The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

American Literature 10


The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

Choose 1 (2 for Honors) of the following:

Co Aytch by Sam Watkins

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

British Literature 11


Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Choose 1 (2 for Honors) of the following:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

1984 by George Orwell

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Cultural Works 12


Wynema: A Child of the Forest by Alice Callahan

Choose 1 (2 for Honors) of the following:

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier