BifocalBook - 2008
On the White Ravens' Outstanding New International Books for Children and Young Adults list, 2008
ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards Bronze Medal Winner (YA Fiction category), 2007
Snow Willow Award nominee, 2008
CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens, 2008
Two bestselling authors join forces to write a powerful novel about racism.
A student arrested on suspicions of terrorism. A high school torn apart by racism. Two boys from two different sets of circumstances forced to choose sides.
These are the issues at the heart of Bifocal, a groundbreaking new novel for young-adults.
The story is told from two different points of view. Haroon is a serious student devoted to his family. His grandparents emigrated from Afghanistan. Jay is a football star devoted to his team. He is white.
One day their high school is put on lockdown, and the police arrest a Muslim student on suspicion of terrorist affiliations. He might be guilty. Or is he singled out because of his race?
The entire student body fragments along racial lines and both Haroon and Jay find that their differences initially put them at odds. The Muslim students become targets and a smoke-bomb is set off near their lockers while Jay and his teammates believe they've been set-up to look like racists.
Bifocal is, by no stretch, an easy book. Award-winning authors Deborah Ellis and Eric Walters deliver a serious, hard-hitting book about racism that does not talk down to young people.
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Everything is going well at school for Haroon, until a bomb threat is called in and, after one of his friends is arrested for the alleged crime of trying to blow up the school, his whole world is turned upside- down. Suddenly, he is the enemy. Him and his people. Muslims are begining to be feared by the world around him. FEAR OF TERROR.
Jay`s school is let out early one day on the account of a bomb threat that had been called in. In the following days, Jay is tought by the people around him to hate and to fear the muslims. He cannot decide what part of him he should follow, the part that is telling him to just go with the flow, keep his friends and take the easy path, or the part that is telling him to stand up for what he knows is right, no matter what it will cost him. TERROR OF FEAR.
``There are two sides to every story. You just have to listen.``
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