A SYDNEY TAYLOR NOTABLE BOOK
Inspired by a real-life incident, this riveting novel explores discrimination and antisemitism and reveals their dangerous impact.
Would you defend the indefensible?
That's what seniors Logan March and Cade Crawford are asked to do when a favorite teacher instructs a group of students to argue for the Final Solution--the Nazi plan for the genocide of the Jewish people.
Logan and Cade decide they must take a stand, and soon their actions draw the attention of the student body, the administration, and the community at large. But not everyone feels as Logan and Cade do--after all, isn't a school debate just a school debate? It's not long before the situation explodes, and acrimony and anger result.
Based on true events, The Assignment asks: What does it take for tolerance, justice, and love to prevail?
"An important look at a critical moment in history through a modern lens showcasing the power of student activism." -SLJ
A really incredible book about curricular justice...and what happens when teachers' egos, combined with institutional bias, creates an assignment that encourages antisemitism and other forms of hate to emerge. The story is complex and interesting and the voice work - a super talented cast of characters - brings the story to life. Great especially for teachers, and critical for right now in our society.