“One Book, One School”

In an effort to build community, promote active literacy across the curriculum, and encourage students to read for pleasure, Holy Cross High School introduced  its “One Book, One School” program in 2009.

By creating a common reading experience among the school community, the program creates common knowledge and vocabulary and allows participants to come together to discuss the book on both a social and an academic level.

The “One Book, One School” program selection for 2015 – 2016 is Against Medical Advice by James Patterson.


 One morning when he was almost five years old, Cory Friedman woke up with the uncontrollable urge to shake his head. From that day forward his life became an agony of irrepressible tics and involuntary utterances. Cory embarked on a fifteen-year odyssey of medication upon medication, treatment upon treatment–a constantly changing regimen that left him and his family feeling like guinea pigs in an out-of-control experiment. It soon became unclear which tics were symptoms of his condition and which were side effects of the countless combinations of drugs. The only certainty was that it kept getting worse. Simply put: Cory Friedman’s life was a living hell.

Subjected to debilitating treatments and continuous ridicule, Cory became devastatingly aware of how he appeared to others. With the love of his family and the support of a few steadfast teachers and medical professionals, he fought for his very life, and you will cheer his amazing successes.

Against Medical Advice is the true story of Cory’s battle for survival in the face of extraordinary difficulties and a sometimes maddening medical establishment. Written by James Patterson and Cory’s father, Hal, and with the relentless pace of a Patterson thriller, this is a heartrending story of one family’s courage, determination, and ultimate triumph.

Previous Year’s Selections:  Shackleton’s Way (2009), The Soloist (2010), The Last Lecture (2011), The Hunger Games (2012), Between Shades of Gray (2013), The Warriors Heart (2014).