Summer Reading

G.K. Chesterton Work for Summer 2019

Chesterton Academy students (entering grades 9-12) are required to read the following:

  • Tremendous Trifles by G.K. Chesterton

    Chapter 16 “The Dragon’s Grandmother” and Chapter 17 “The Red Angel”  

    (Available online through Project Gutenberg ( or students can buy a copy of the book

9th and 10th Grade

Required Reading:

Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare (any edition edited by david Bevington)

Suggested Reading:

The Restless Flame

(any edition by Louis de Wohl)


William Shakespeare was an English Poet, performing artist, dramatist. He is the best essayist in the English dialect in the World and the world's Greatest writer and Playwright. He was sanctified through water the 26 April 1564 and passed on the 23 April 1616. He is frequently called England's National Poet and the Bard of Avon. William Shakespeare works comprise of around 38 plays, 154 pieces, two story ballads, and a couple of different verses, the origin of some of which is dubious. His plays have been converted into each dialect and are performed more regularly than those of whatever other writer. William Shakespeare is the Father of present day Literature.

This is a stirring novel which deals reverently but realistically with the fascinating life and era of St. Augustine, one of the most remarkable men of all time.

In his vigorous and inimitable style, Louis de Wohl tells the story of St. Augustine's transformation from a vain, sensual youth to the brilliant, devout writer and theologian - the man who conquered himself as completely as he did the adversaries of the Church - whose literary and philosophical masterpieces were to dominate Western thought for a thousand years. He has carefully re-created the exciting historical background of the time - the turbulent atmosphere of the Roman Empire in the last days of decadence - skillfully weaving together the personalities whose lives closely affected Augustine: Monica, his saintly and heroic mother; majestic Ambrose, Bishop of Milan; and many others whom lend richness and depth to the life story of this great Doctor of the Church

Julius Caesar
By William / Bevington, David M. (Editor) Shakespeare
Restless Flame by Louis De Wohl (1-Aug-2000) Paperback
Ignatius Press; Reprint edition (Aug. 2000)

11th and 12th Grade

Required Reading:


Shelley, Mary
ISBN 978-0486282114

Required Reading:

Man’s Search for Meaning

by Victor Frankl

ISBN: 978-0807014295

One of the most fundamental works of modern literature, Mary Shelley’s novella is a thoughtful study of the limits of human capacity in a scientific age that was quickly casting away old revealed truths. It is a work that could not have been written in any other moment in history, and the archetype of the creature that is sentient but not created by God is one that endures into our own day. Certainly vampires, werewolves, and even aliens partake of this theme; yet so does mankind when reduced to mere materialism.

**Note: Please be sure to read the original 1818 version, not the later 1831 text.**

 Click here for a free online copy.)

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful

By Mary Shelley
Man's Search for Meaning
By Viktor E. Frankl

2020-21 Academic Year

9th and 10th Grade

Hamilton, Edith
ISBN 978-0316223331

Edith Hamilton’s classic retelling of all the primary Greek myths serves as a great introduction to the Greek world that is the backdrop to the freshman literature sequence. Students will learn the Greek origin myth and several memorable cautionary tales. Also, these short stories introduce the Greek gods as well as all the major Greek heroes, such as Hercules, Pericles, Theseus and Jason. This is a must-read for students to prepare for the Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid and Greek dramas covered in the freshman literature curriculum.

**Note: Read Parts I-III of the Hamilton book only. Reading further actually begins to preclude the subject matter of the Iliad and Odyssey which we read during the year.** 

11th and 12th Grade

The Screwtape Letters
C.S. Lewis
ISBN 978-0060652937

As our juniors prepare to study moral theology, Lewis’ book will prepare their minds and hearts to better appreciate the deep impact of original sin and how the forces of darkness try to undermine joy and truth. In this book, the cunning plans of the adversary are not centered around obvious sins. Instead, the tempters focus on subtle forms of sin (e.g., vanity, pride, distraction, insincerity, forgetting God), and show how these can achieve the same effect as more obvious sins, that is, to lead us away from God. Ultimately, the tempters in this story do not care what sins are committed by their subjects - so long as they accomplish their goal of separating people from God. The case can be made that The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging and humorous account of temptation - and triumph over it - ever written. 


School Song Prayer


School song

Salve Regina, mater misericordiae:
Vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus, exsules, filii Hevae.
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
In hac lacrimarum valle
Eia ergo, advocata nostra,
Illos tuos misericordes oculos
Ad nos converte.
Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
Nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens! O pia!
O dulcis Virgo Maria!

– Translation – 
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
Our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To thee do we cry,
Poor banished children of Eve.
To thee do we send up our sighs,
Mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
Thine eyes of mercy toward us;
And after this, our exile,
Show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement! O loving!
O sweet Virgin Mary!

School Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You for providing Chesterton Academy.
Help it to grow and flourish according to Your Holy Will.
We ask Your blessing upon the students and their families, the staff and teachers, the founders and benefactors, and all who help support Chesterton Academy with their time and talents.

May we all grow to love You more
and spread the Gospel of Life to the world.

May all praise and thanksgiving be given
to You through our efforts.

Jesus, I trust in You.
Mary, cause of our joy, pray for us.