Bifocal

Bifocal

Book - 2007
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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.

Publisher: Markham, ON : Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2007
ISBN: 9781554550364
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC Ell
Characteristics: 280p
Additional Contributors: Walters, Eric 1957-

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elkhan
Jul 10, 2017

I have mixed feelings about this book! Read my full review at https://elsbookreviews.blogspot.ca/ ! 😃

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rebanne
Sep 13, 2014

I love anything by Deborah Ellis (she's DEFINITIVELY my favourite author), and this book is no exeption. I like how it's about an issue that I don't really hear about too much: Muslim kids and how racist people can be.

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gpnb_ael
Feb 19, 2011

my teacher read this book in class.

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Wafflesforever17
Jul 18, 2010

The ending was ok, but I wish that it had gone on for a bit longer...

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Omer_Younus
May 13, 2010

This book is probably my second favorite by Eric Walters and first favorite from Deborah Ellis, but I haven't read many of her books. It helped me think different of people around me and respect them more. I like it when books do that.

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zorg
Jul 01, 2009

Possibly my all- time favourite book. The two stories weave together so beautifully and the endign is SOOOO brilliant. A must- read.
I`d have to say that jay`s sections are easier and more fun to read, but haroons are better written and much more interesting as well as very thought- provoking. I couldn`t put this book down, and finished it in just a few days it was so good.

anoudconda Apr 07, 2009

Deborah Ellis and Eric Walters, both Canadian authors, wrote this book about race relations in a fictional Ontario highschool. Interesting, but not my favourite choice from either of these authors.

samdog123 Apr 05, 2009

Deborah Ellis and Eric Walters, both Canadian authors, wrote this book about race relations in a fictional Ontario highschool. Interesting, but not my favourite choice from either of these authors.

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jrd_5
Sep 22, 2008

Amazing!! They fit both lives together so perfectly. And it was Real Life!!! AMAZING!!!

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rebanne
Sep 13, 2014

rebanne thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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zorg
Jul 01, 2009

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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rebanne
Sep 13, 2014

Other: deals with racism and suicide bombing.

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