Summer is an ideal time to rest, reflect, and read.
The intent of OVS summer reading is for students to read thought-provoking literature that will stimulate questions and ideas for discussion at the start of the year. Click the enclosed link to view the complete, and printable, 2017 Summer Reading List. The books listed are required reading for students entering and returning to Ojai Valley School. Students in some AP classes will have assignments over the summer as well.
This year, rather than selecting one all school summer read, the English Department has recommended a list of books that explore themes surrounding social injustice and discrimination. The list comes directly from a reading list assigned by a Virginia judge who, during the disposition of a juvenile hate crime case, required that instead of serving a sentence, the teens in her courtroom read books that address “some of history’s most divisive and tragic periods.” (Read more in a February 8, 2017, New York Times article).
The list includes modern fiction as well as powerful literary classics. Students must select one of these books, in addition to the assigned reading by course.