In Liza Wiemer’s timely and important novel, a community, a school, and one history class confront antisemitism after a teacher assigns a chilling project focusing on Hitler’s Final Solution. When she shows the courage to protest the ethics of such an assignment, Logan March endures verbal attacks from other students, harsh words from a teacher she’d respected, and a hateful act of vandalism. As much as I wanted to think this could never happen, the story is based on a true event. The Assignment will have readers contemplating the choices they might make when faced with injustice. I found Logan’s tenacity inspirational and rooted for the friends who, while caught up in their own problems, still found the courage to support her. Yes, the story is disturbing, but the heartfelt writing makes this a book filled with love and ultimately with hope.— Jenny Chou
In the vein of the classic The Wave and inspired by a real-life incident, this riveting novel explores discrimination and antisemitism and reveals their dangerous impact.
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 for the 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 addressed 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 intolerance, justice, and love to prevail?
About the Author
Liza Wiemer is an award-winning educator with over twenty years of experience. She is the author of two adult nonfiction books, as well as a young adult novel. She lives in Milwaukee with her family. Visit her at LizaWiemer.com and follow @lizawiemer on Twitter and @lizamwiemer on Instagram.