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Summer Reading

Happy summer!

We partner with K12 Student Direct to operate the Columbus School for Girls online bookstore. The online store opens for summer reading shopping on June 1. Please visit the online store at www.K12SD.com,

We trust that you will find the online bookstore easy to navigate, but if you have any questions about ordering your books, use the helpful resources below.

K12 Student Direct - Livechat online, 877-560-2651 or support@k12sd.com

Ms. Debbie Yoho - dyoho@columbusschoolforgirls.org or 614-252-0781 x376

CSG Parent letter - Summer Reading

K12 online ordering directions

Summer Reading by Division

Lower School

As you and family look ahead to the lovely days of summer, please be sure to include reading in your summer plans. More than a hundred years of research tell us that without intentional educational activities over the summer months, students often lag behind in the fall. The very best way for your child to stay engaged is to make sure she is reading over the summer! We hope your daughters will read, read, read all summer long. We have also selected a required book for each student to read (by Form) that will be the focus for the opening days of the coming school year.


Parents, please help your younger daughters by reading the selected title with them, and reading it several times. Parents of older students, we encourage you to read the selected title yourself (or along with your child) so that you can discuss the book with your daughter.

Finally, though students are required to read the selected books below, we are hopeful that your child will return to school bursting to talk about all the books she’s read over the summer months.


Form I

Winter on the Farm by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Form II

How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina R. Friedman


Form III

Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary


Form IV

Girls are required to read one, but may read more:

  • The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz
  • The Secret Lake: A Children’s Mystery Adventure by Karen Inglis
  • Rump – The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtiliff
  • Bloomability by Sharon Creech

Form V

Girls are required to read one, but may read more:

  • Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper


To respect each family’s preference for obtaining books, we are providing you with the book title for your daughter’s summer reading. You may obtain a copy of the book at your local library or bookstore, online through an eBook, or from our online bookstore (www.k12sd.com).


Middle School

The selected books for each Form will be the focus in Humanities classes for the opening days of the coming school year. There are assignments for each Form so please open the attachments and review the instructions. You may obtain a copy of the books at your local library or bookstore, online through an eBook, or from our online bookstore at www.k12sd.com.

Please contact Mrs. Sweeney (Form VI), Ms. Brand (Form VII), or Mr. Maite (Form VIII) via email if you have any questions regarding the assignments


Form VI

Choose and read two of the novels below and complete the attached assignments:

  • City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Required Form VI Summer Reading Assignments here!

Questions contact: Mrs. Sweeney lsweeney@columbusschoolforgirls.org


Form VII

Tiger, Tiger by Lynn Reid Banks (read and complete assignment- required for all students)

Choose and read two of the novels below and complete the attached assignment:

  • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  • A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle#1) by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Required Form VII Summer Reading Assignments here!

Questions contact: Ms. Brand sbrand@columbusschoolforgirls.org


Form VIII

Read the two novels below, plus a third of your choice, and complete the attached assignments:

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport.
Required Form VIII Summer Reading Assignments here!

Questions contact: Mr. Maite vmaite@columbusschoolforgirls.org

Upper School

Mandarin

Questions contact: Ping Wu pwu@columbusschoolforgirls.org

Mandarin I

The Three Pandas Volume 1 (simplified Chinese Edition)*


Mandarin IV

The Monkey’s Paw: Mandarin Companion Graded Readers (Simplified Chinese Edition)*

*Students already have textbooks.


History Department

Questions for Honors classes, contact: Suzanne Pfeiffer spfeiffer@columbusschoolforgirls.org


Questions for AP classes, contact: Perry Rogers progers@columbusschoolforgirls.org


Honors World History

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm Study Guide


Honors United States History

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

The Crucible Study Guide


AP Government

1984 by George Orwell

1984 Study Guide


AP European History

Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt

Eichmann in Jerusalem Study Guide


The study questions will guide students’ reading and will structure class discussion and the paper upon return to school in August. In addition, students will receive a separate email of explanation and guidance that will also contain the attached assignments.


English Department

Questions contact: Patricia Miranda pmiranda@columbusschoolforgirls.org


Form IX, Foundations of Western Literature

Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

Avon Books - ISBN # 9780380778553


Form X, Survey of American Literature:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Scribner - ISBN # 9780743273565


Form XI, Survey of British Literature

Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney

Norton - ISBN # 0393320979


Form XI, AP Literature and Composition

Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney

Norton - ISBN # 0393320979


The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Vintage Books - ISBN # 9780307455796


Form XII, AP Language and Composition

History’s Greatest Speeches, edited by James Daley

Dover Thrift - 9780486474670


Great Speeches of the 20th Century, edited by Bob Blaisdell

Dover Thrift - 9780486497396


Form XII, Contemporary Texts and Cultural Criticism

No summer reading assigned.


Form XII, Creative Writing

Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction, edited by Judith Kitchen

W.W. Norton and Company - ISBN # 9780393326000

Staff and Faculty

How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims


A provocative manifesto that exposes the harms of helicopter parenting and sets forth an alternate philosophy for raising preteens and teens to self-sufficient young adulthood.


In How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.


Relevant to parents of toddlers as well as of twentysomethings-and of special value to parents of teens-this book is a rallying cry for those who wish to ensure that the next generation can take charge of their own lives with competence and confidence.


About the Author

I am deeply interested in humans – all of us – living lives of meaning and purpose, which requires figuring out what we’re good at and what we love, and being the best version of that self we can be. So I’m interested in what gets in the way of that. I wrote this book because too many adolescents and young adults seem to be on a path of someone else’s making, while being subjected to a lot of hovering and lot of help to ensure that particular path is walked, all in furtherance of a very limited and narrow definition of “success.” I come at this issue from the dual vantage points of former university dean and parent of two teenagers, and with great empathy for humans.


I majored in American Studies at Stanford University (1989) and studied law at Harvard (1994). I practiced law in the Bay Area in the 1990s before returning to Stanford to serve in various roles including Dean of Freshmen, a position I created and held for a decade. In my final three years at Stanford I was Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising, and in 2010 I received the university’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for “creating the atmosphere that defines the undergraduate experience.” Since leaving Stanford in 2012 I’ve been pursuing an MFA at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.


In addition to non-fiction I write creative non-fiction, poetry, short stories, and plays. My work has appeared on TEDx talks and in the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, The New York Times, Slate.com, Time.com, and Huffington Post. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband, our teenagers, and my mother.

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