College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 3-12

Summer Reading

Drawing of a girl reading

Welcome to summer reading 2022! As you enjoy your vacation, please refer to the links below to guide your reading and thinking. This information explains the requirements for summer reading by division to prepare you for the start school in the fall. Happy reading!

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Dear Lower School Students and Families,
 
Summer offers us opportunities to spend extra time with our family and friends, try new activities, and relax. But, whether I am at the pool, the beach, or curled up on my couch during a thunderstorm, my favorite part of summer is the opportunity to read, read, read! To help you find the perfect books, Ms. Niu and Ms. Joyce have compiled a list of summer reading suggestions for you here and on the website.
 
The Lower School "Group Read" will be announced in early June.
 
Please know that these are simply suggestions, as we encourage you to read whatever interests you. This year, we are also excited for you to play Bookopoly! Please follow the directions on the sheet and remember to include a journal entry for each Bookopoly book you read! When you return in the fall, we will be eager to hear about your reading adventures and book recommendations!
 
 
Additionally, if you would like to work on some specific summer skills, please consider ordering The Summer Skills Language Arts Workbook. Please order the grade your student just completed. The workbook is meant to be used 3 times per week for 10 weeks to reinforce concepts from the beginning of the summer to the end. Because most lessons take only about 30 minutes, students can easily fit them into their busy summer schedules! The workbook also includes an answer key to ensure the materials are completed correctly. We recommend an adult check over the work each day it is completed.
 
I hope your summer reading allows you to meet new characters with unique perspectives and whisks you off on unexpected adventures! Enjoy!
 
Best,
Ms. D.
 
Christy Diefenderfer
Lower School Director

Middle School Required Grade Level & Choice Reading

You are responsible for obtaining your own copy of the required book listed below unless otherwise noted - plus the summer reading group choice book. You should have read a total of five (5) new books by the first day of school in September. Keep a written list of the books you read and hand it to your English teacher when you return to school. We expect you to be very familiar with the required book because your teacher will want to discuss them with you.

1. Required Group Choice Reading

Each student will have one required Group Choice Reading Book

About Group Choice Reading:

  • Each student will choose their top 5 books from these options by May 20, 2022. 
  • You will be assigned one of the books at the end of May and will read it over the summer.
  • In the fall, you will meet with other students and teachers who have read the same book and discuss it!

Please submit your top five choices using this form by May 20, 2022.

2. Required Grade Level Reading*

  • English 7: Hiranandani, Veera The Night Diary  ISBN: 978-0735228511
  • English 8: Saenz, Benjamin Alire Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe  ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1442408937

*Please be sure to find the edition with the ISBN number indicated for ease of reference to the text in class.

3. Free Reading

Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy reading! Please choose an additional three (3) of your choice. 

For the Summer of 2022 Upper School students are required to read five (5) books. Please be sure to find the edition with the ISBN number indicated for ease of reference to the text in class.

Upper School Rising Grades 9 & 10 Grade-level & Choice Reading

1. Required Group Choice Reading

Each student will have one required Group Choice Reading Book. 

About Group Choice Reading:

  • Each student will choose their top 5 books from these options by May 17, 2022. 
  • You will be assigned one of the books at the end of May and will read it over the summer.
  • In the fall, you will meet with other students and teachers who have read the same book and discuss it!

Please submit your top five choices using this form by May 17, 2022.

2. Required Grade-Level Reading

Please be sure to find the edition with the ISBN number indicated for ease of reference to the text in class.

  • Rising Grade 9: 

    Bennett, Brit The Vanishing Half  ISBN-13 : 978-0593418598

  • Rising Grade 10: 

    Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club ISBN 978-0143038092

3. Free Reading

Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy reading! Each student in Upper School should read an additional three (3) books of their choice. Supplemental Reading Suggestions

Upper School Rising Grades 11 & 12 Grade-level & Choice Reading

1. Required Group Choice Reading

Each student will have one required Group Choice Reading Book. 

About Group Choice Reading:

  • Each student will choose their top 5 books from these options
  • You will be assigned one of the books at the end of May and will read it over the summer.
  • In the fall, you will meet with other students and teachers who have read the same book and discuss it!

Please submit your top five choices using this form by 

2. Required Grade-Level Reading

Please be sure to find the edition with the ISBN number indicated for ease of reference to the text in class.

  • Rising Grade 11:

Bronte, Emily Wuthering Heights  ISBN-13 978-0393284997 (Reading Guide for Wuthering Heights)

  • Entering Grade 12

Wyss, Susi  The Civilized World * ISBN  978-0805093629

*Note to students:  If you have trouble locating a new or used copy of this novel, you may read it as an eBook. It is available from Amazon.

3. Free Reading

Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy reading! Each student in Upper School should read an additional 3 books of their choice. Supplemental Reading Suggestions