The 21 members of the St. Andrew's-Sewanee School seventh grade read 265 books this school year, an average of 12 per student. The seventh graders are required to read a book of their choice for a minimum of 1/2 hour each night.
According to SAS humanities teacher Tracy Randolph students, reading choices spanned from the silly, such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, to the suspenseful, such as The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, to the serious, such as All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Although it is not the primary motivation of the SAS Middle School reading program. research by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development on education and reading has shown that reading for pleasure at the age of 15 is the most important indicator of the social mobility and future success of a child. To encourage pleasure reading, the school's Agee Library includes more than 10,000 books, the vast majority of which are intended to reflect and spark student interest.