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Reading List for Grades 9-12

 Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep’s
Summer Reading Program Book List
for Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
High School students also have a mandatory summer reading assignment.

Austen, Jane – Pride and Prejudice; Mansfield Park; Emma; Sense and Sensibility
Baroness Orzey  – The Scarlet Pimpernel
Biographies of saints at the student’s level
Caldwell, Ruth Taylor – Dear and Glorious Physician; Grandmother and the Priest
Cather, Willa – Death Comes to the Archbishop
Chesterton, G.K. – Father Brown series
Ciszek, Walter – With God in Russia
Connelly, Myles – Mr. Blue
Costain, Thomas – The Silver Chalice
de Wohl, Louis – Set All Afire; Lay Siege to Heaven; The Quiet Light; The Spear; Citadel of God  (Ignatius Press)
Douglas, Lloyd C. – The Robe
Lewis, C.S. – That Hideous Strength; Screwtape Letters; The Great Divorce; Till We Have Faces
O’Brien, Michael – Strangers and Sojourners  (Ignatius Press)
St. Thérèse of Lisieux by Those Who Knew Her (Ignatius Press)
Scott, Sir Walter – Ivanhoe; Rob Roy; The Antiquary; The Heart of Midlothian

Sheen, Fulton J. – Treasure in Clay

Sienkiewicz, Henryk – Quo Vadis; With Fire and Sword

Ten Boom, Corrie – The Hiding Place

Thompson, Francis – Hound of Heaven

Von Le Fort, Gertrude – The Song at the Scaffold

Waugh, Evelyn – Edmund Campion

Williams, Charles – All Hallow’s Eve; Descent into Hell; Many Dimensions; The Greater Trumps; War in Heaven; Shadows of Ecstasy; The Place of the Lion

Any age-appropriate title from Kolbe’s Recommended Reading List


*****SEE LIST—PART 2 for additional titles.*****

Some of these books can be found in the library and you are welcome to check them out—see Toni Williams for assistance.

Read many other good books approved by your parents—only one in a series will count toward the Summer Reading Program.


To order Ignatius Press books using your credit card call toll free: 1-800-651-1531; or you may obtain an Ignatius Press catalogue from the school office.  You can also order online at



High School Summer Reading List—Part 2


Austen, Jane                                                     Mansfield Park (Literature)

                                                                        Northanger Abbey (Lit.)


Belloc, Hilaire                                                  Characters of the Reformation

                                                                        How the Reformation Happened

                                                                        Joan of Arc (Bio)


Bradbury, Ray                                                   Fahrenheit 451 (Lit.)


Bronte, Charlotte                                              Jane Eyre (Lit.)


Bronte, Emily                                                   Wuthering Heights (Lit.)


Buck, Pearl                                                       The Good Earth


Cather, Willa                                                   Death Comes for the Archbishop (Lit.)


Chesterton, G.K.                                              St. Francis of Assisi (Bio)

                                                                       St. Thomas Aquinas (Bio)               

                                                                        The Man Who Was Thursday (Lit.)

                                                                        The Napoleon of Notting Hill (Lit.)

                                                                        The Everlasting Man (Philosophical)


Clemens, Samuel (Mark Twain)                         Joan of Arc (Lit.)


Conrad, Joseph                                                  Lord Jim


                                                                        Secret Agent


Cooper, James Fenimore                                   Last of the Mohicans


Copleston, F.C.                                                            Aquinas (Bio)


De Wohl, Louis                                                            The Quiet Light: A Novel About Thomas Aquinas

Citadel of God: A Novel About Saint Benedict


Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan                                   The White Company (Lit.)


Durell, Gerald                                                  The Amateur Naturalists


Eliot, George                                                    Silas Marner (Lit.)


Godden, Rumer                                                            In This House of Brede (Lit.)

                                                                        An Episode of Sparrows (Lit.)


Gogol, Nikolai                                                  Dead Souls (Russian Lit.)


Golding, William                                              Lord of the Flies

                                                                        The Inheritors


Greene, Graham                                               The Power and the Glory (Lit.)


Hawthorne, Nathaniel                                       The Scarlet Letter (Lit.)


Hugo, Victor                                                    The Hunchback of Notre Dame (French Lit.)

                                                                        Les Miserables (French Lit.)


Kipling, Rudyard                                               Kim (Lit.)


Lewis, C.S.                                                      Perelandra (Lit.)


Melville, Herman                                             Billy Budd (Lit.)

                                                                        Benito Cereno (Lit.)


More, St. Thomas                                             Utopia (Lit./Philosophical)


Picard, Maxwell                                                            The World of Silence (Philosophy)


Potok, Chaim                                                    The Chosen (Lit.)


Roper, William                                                            The Life of St. Thomas More (bio)


Scott, Sir Walter                                              Ivanhoe (Lit.)


Shakespeare                                                      Richard III (Tragedy)


Swift, Jonathan                                                  Gulliver’s Travels (Lit.)


Thackeray, William M.                                     The History of Henry Esmond (Lit.)

                                                                        Vanity Fair (Lit.)


Treece, Patricia                                               A Man for Others (Bio. of St. Maximilian Kolbe)


Trollope, Anthony                                             Barchester Towers


Von Hildebrand, Alice                                       The Privilege of Being a Woman


Waugh, Evelyn                                                 Edmund Campion



Wojtyla, Karol (John Paul II)                             The Jeweler’s Shop (drama)

                                                                        The Acting Person (philosophy)


Spiritual Writings


St. Anselm of Canterbury                                  Why God Became Man (Theology)


Columbiere, Blessed Claude                              Abandonment to Divine Providence (Spiritual Life)


De Monfort, St. Louis                                       True Devotion to Mary (Spiritual Life)

                                                                        True Devotion to Jesus (Spiritual Life)


von Hildebrand, Dietrich                                   Transformation in Christ (Spiritual Life)


St. John of the Cross                                          Dark Night of the Soul (Prayer)

                                                                        Living Flame of Love (Prayer)

                                                                        The Spiritual Canticle (Prayer)


Moorcroft, Jennifer                                           He Is My Heaven: The Life of Elizabeth of the

Trinity (bio)


More, St. Thomas                                             The Sadness of Christ (Prayer meditations)

                                                                        The Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation


St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein)                      Life in a Jewish Family (Autobiography)

                                                                        Science of the Cross (Carmelite spirituality)


St. Teresa of the Andes                                     God the Joy of My Life (bio)


St. Teresa of Avila                                            The Book of her Life (Autobiography)