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 they show the courage to protest the ethics of such an assignment, Logan March and Cade Crawford endure verbal attacks from other students, harsh words from a teacher they’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 and Cade’s tenacity inspirational, and rooted for the friends who, while caught up in their own problems, still found the courage to support them. Yes, the story is disturbing, but the heartfelt writing makes this a book filled with love and ultimately with hope. The Assignment is eye-opening and probably one of the most thought-provoking novels I have read in years. I can see this book incorporated into high school curriculum and also finding a wide adult audience, and I can't wait to see it change lives. Bravo, Liza!— Jenny Chou
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
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.