For the 2013-2014 academic year, Saint Raphael Academy will be implementing the SAINTS Summer Reading Experience 2013 — an entire school community reading initiative that will connect faculty, staff, students, families, and alumni. Basically, all students, regardless of grade or level, will be required to read the same book for summer reading.* All other members of the SAINTS family — faculty, staff, families, alumni, etc. — are encouraged to read the book as well, and there will be discussions hosted at and throughout the summer.

The book that has been selected for the Saints Summer Reading Experience 2013 is Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray. All students, regardless of grade or level, are required to read the book.* Specific assignments and assessments associated with this summer reading will be assigned by teachers at the start of the school year.

Breaking Night was selected after a process of discussions and deliberations by our Academic Council, and even included polling the entire SAINTS community — students, faculty and staff.

To learn more about Breaking Night, we suggest reviewing Breaking Night on Amazon — there you will be able to read reviews and a synopsis, read the first few pages of the book, and of course, order your copy! For more information about Liz Murray, check out her Facebook page or her Twitter handle.

The SAINTS Summer Reading Experience 2013 is going to be a wonderful experience for our entire SAINTS family. It will allow us the opportunity to share a common experience in reading this book, it will promote an incredible exchange among students, faculty, staff, families, and alumni, and it is a shinning example of the innovative, cutting-edge style of instruction offered at Saint Raphael Academy each and every day.

We hope you enjoy Breaking Night, and please make sure you like us on Facebook and Twitter so you can take part in the discussion!


*Please note, some of our upper-level English classes will have to read books and complete projects in addition to Breaking Night. Those classes are as follows:

  • Students enrolled in English 10A (Course Number 220) will also need to read The Road by Cormac McCarthy and complete a Summer Reading Project. The details of the Summer Reading Project can be found here: English 10A (220) Summer Reading Project.
  • Students enrolled in AP English (Course Number 249) will also need to read The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger and Sula by Toni Morrison. They must also complete a Summer Reading Project. The details and requirements for this Summer Reading Project were provided to students enrolled  in AP English prior to the conclusion of the 2012-2013 academic year. If you need a copy of these details, please contact Ms. Rouleau directly at Additionally, you can check out the AP English Classroom Blog at:

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