One Book, One District 2016-2017

Mullen High School’s 2016  book of choice for summer reading is a tale of fortitude, of compassion, of perseverance. As we follow young Enrique on his trek to find his mother, we are reminded of the undeniable persistence of love.

All students are asked to read Enrique’s Journey for summer reading, and assignments will vary by grade level. In a world that can feel fleeting, this book reminds us what matters at the core, and begs the question:  What do you do when hope seems lost?

  • National Bestseller
  • Named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, and San Antonio ExpressNews
  • Named the Best Non-Fiction Book of 2014 by The Latino Author
  • Among the most chosen books for university “freshman common reads” – 77 universities and counting
  • Published in eight languages
  • Chosen as “one city, one book” read for 11 cities 

All parents, alumni, and coaches are invited to read the book as well. The opportunity to awaken our imaginations and enlarge our humanity is fulfilled when ALL of us together encourage students to read for pleasure and to engage in thoughtful discussion. In the beginning of the school year there will be opportunities for parents and other adults in the community to engage in conversation.

As a Catholic school, we promote critical and reflective engagement with complex characters, stories, and situations. We encourage parents to read the novel with their children and to discuss the physical, social, emotional, moral, and spiritual dilemmas the characters confront, especially in light of Catholic social teaching, American history, and current events.


All students are asked to read and watch Hidden Figures. Please check the grade and level-appropriate summer reading assignments for further instruction.   

Summer Assignments

English I DLS
English I CP
English I Honors
AP English
English II DLS and CP
English II Honors

English III Honors
English III DLS and CP 
English IV CP 
English IV A Honors

One Book, One School Program

Driven by the desire to enhance literacy skills and to bring generations of students and families together in the Lasallian tradition of creating and maintaining relationships, Mullen High School is actively organizing a community-based reading initiative for the 2017-2018 summer and school year. Known as a One Book, One School program, the project serves to engage faculty, staff, community members, students, and their families in reading one literary selection that at once appeals to its readers from cross-cultural and cross-curricular perspectives alike.

The unique benefits of this program surface when the varied readers discuss and analyze the insights and observations they have gathered from the book. Like traveling to a foreign country together, students, families, faculty, and staff are united through a singular literary experience...a singular literary language. ​Accordingly, we are requiring that all of our students, regardless of grade or course level, read the book Hidden Figures during the course of the summer and complete complementary assignments. It is a highly-regarded, critically-acclaimed novel ​that has something for everyone: history, geography, science, math, literary elements, culture, and religious and philosophical themes, just to name a few. The following is a link to the book's summary: Synopsis.

When the 2017-2018 school year commences in August, we are planning a variety of activities that will facilitate the sharing of this unique literary experience. Until then, thank you for your continued support and happy reading!




"Painfully, Enrique has learned a lot about the beast. In Chiapas, bandits will be out to rob him, police will try to shake him down, and street gangs might try to kill him. But he will take those risks, because he needs to find his mother. "

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