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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)

©2020 Liza Wiemer (P)2020 Listening Library

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This book is INCREDIBLE !!

I am so glad that I read this book! It was a recommendation and I so grateful to the person who recommended it ! The story is so humbling to know that this actually happened and the cast of narrators is phenomenal!
Everyone to truly read this book!

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Moving, Powerful Fiction

Wiemer’s novel, based on an actual event, kept me wide awake and fully engaged during a recent long drive. At one point, I pulled over so I could replay a particular scene. Whoever lined up the actors, who deliver the chapters from alternating points of view, deserves high praise. The teen protagonists Logan and Cade worked their way into my heart so deeply I wanted to find and embrace them, tell them I am not sure I would have had their courage at 18, or even at my current age of 70. Everyone should read this book immediately!

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Important for today

This is an excellent presentation of the hate behind the Nazi party and how important kindness becomes in that atmosphere. Should be read in school by teenagers today.

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This is a book for our times.

Sometimes overwhelming, THE ASSIGNMENT is an important story, and well worth reading. It's an unusual format for a YA novel, which takes a little getting used to, but it's well, very well worth it. I love the inclusion of several adult perspectives, which really brings the whole situation into light.

This book is emotional, and deals with hate--both accidental and intentional--, how it grows, and what it takes to stop it--courage and a determination to stand up and say "No. This ends with me."

Beautiful, beautiful book.

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Blown Away By This Audio Book!

I've never heard an audio book as transformative as this one! Each performer radiated the true essence of their character, bringing this book to life. This gripping story was not only engaging, but I learned about things connecting to World II that I had never heard before. I loved the relationship between Cade and Logan. Their friendship and light-handed romance is just perfect. This audio book should be utilized in schools---but it's eye opening message against hatred, bigotry and injustice should be heard by everyone. Highly recommend!