The Assignment

Liza M. Wiemer

fiction contemporary young adult
emotional reflective sad medium-paced

312 pages | first published 2020

Senior year. When an assignment given by a favorite teacher instructs a group of students to argue for the Final Solution, a euphemism used to describe the Nazi plan of genocide of the Jewish people, Logan March and Cade Crawford are horrified. Their teacher cannot seriously expect anyone to complete an assignment that fuels intolerance and discrimination. Logan and Cade decide they must take a stand.

As the school administration addresses the teens’ refusal to participate in the appalling debate, the student body, their parents, and the larger community are forced to face the issue as well. The situation explodes, and acrimony and anger result. What does it take for tolerance, justice, and love to prevail?

In the vein of the classic The Wave, this riveting novel explores discrimination and antisemitism and reveals their dangerous impact. Inspired by a true incident, The Assignment will remind readers that they have choices—and those choices can make a difference.

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emotional 100%
inspiring 75%
challenging 50%
informative 50%
reflective 50%
hopeful 25%
sad 25%

Pace

medium 50%
fast 50%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 66% | No: 33%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 66% | Yes: 33%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 100%

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4.23