Bifocal

September 18, 2007|
Bifocal by Deborah Ellis
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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.

Deborah Elliswas born in Northern Ontario but grew up farther south, in Paris, Ontario. Like many writers she was a creative loner as a child, at odds with formal education in her youth, and a voracious reader. As an adult, she has been occupied with many issues of interest to women, such as peace, education and equality in society at ...
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Title:Bifocal
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:280 pages, 7.9 X 5.25 X 0.9 in
Shipping dimensions:280 pages, 7.9 X 5.25 X 0.9 in
Published:September 18, 2007
Publisher:Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:9 - 12
ISBN - 13:9781554550623

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