Santa Fe Catholic High School

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Summer Assignments

Santa Fe Catholic High School Summer Reading 2018/2019

The One School, One Book summer reading for 2018 is Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. All students are expected to read the novel and complete the Summer Reading Guide before the first day of school so they are prepared to contribute to activities and discussions. Discussions of the book will build community across grade levels through shared experience, and insights about the book will create a common conversation that will continue throughout the year. The book is required reading for all subject areas in addition to any class specific books on the summer reading list. All students will write an essay based on the book in their English classes.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet tells the story of a Chinese American boy, Henry Lee; a Japanese American girl, Keiko Okabe; and the friendship they build as students in Seattle in the 1940s. Through Henry’s memories, you will experience the challenges presented by their different cultures and Japanese Internment. “Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. Henry and Keiko’s story teaches the power of forgiveness and the human heart” (Amazon).

The book is available in paperback as well as on Kindle or Audiobook.  Students may purchase their preferred version.


Incoming Freshmen 

Incoming Sophomores       

Incoming Juniors

Incoming Seniors 

Mixed Level Courses

*An essay assignment will be given in addition to the required reading for the AP English classes.