Bifocal

Paperback | September 18, 2007

byDeborah Ellis, Eric Walters

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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.

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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 to...

Deborah Ellis is the acclaimed author of The Heaven Shop and the Breadwinner trilogy. She has won the Governor General's Award, Canada's highest literary honor, and is a member of the Order of Ontario. She travels the world to hear the stories of children marginalized by war, illness, and poverty. Eric Walters is one of Canada's most s...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 7.9 × 5.4 × 0.8 inPublished:September 18, 2007Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554550629

ISBN - 13:9781554550623

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 17

Reviews

Rated 1 out of 5 by from Garbage I read the book and it was probably the worst book i have ever read the whole book is pointless. The authors are good but them together are terrible I ended up returning the copy that I bought because I felt that it represented a waste of time, you know those books which collect dust in you house, this book is even to bad to do that
Date published: 2009-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I couldn't put Bifocal down it was a great book, reading the two personalities, and two points of views was at some points hard to understand. But, as far as I'm concerned it was done well, I love this book and recommend it really to anyone who likes a sort of mystery, and someone who can listen:p
Date published: 2008-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must by it was a good book. read it. i am not liming you must read this book. it is 3 thumbs up. read it.
Date published: 2008-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner!! Bifocals is a fast paced story that keeps you turning the page. The inscription reads 'to those we have been told to fear" and that is perhaps the most compelling aspect of the novel. It makes you think about post 911 and the ramifcations of a "War on Terror". The dialogue, action, and interaction between the characters keeps the reader thinking and questioning. Great book for middle school and up. Thought provoking and a discussion generator.
Date published: 2007-10-15