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October 1, 2007 | Young adult softcover
ISBN: 9781554550623
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Two bestselling authors join forces to write a powerful novel about racism.

Haroon is a serious student devoted to his family; Jay is a rising football star devoted to his team. The boys barely know each other. They may go to the same high school and walk the same hallways, but they are worlds apart.

One day the high school is put on lockdown and the police arrest a Muslim student on suspicion of terrorist affiliations. Is the boy really guilty, or has he been singled out because of his race? Along with the rest of the school, Haroon and Jay take sides. When a newspaper article quotes some Muslim teens, who claim they are regularly subjected to prejudice at school, Jay and the football squad are indignant. A smoke bomb is set off near the Muslim kids' lockers, and the jocks are convinced that they have been set up to look like racists.

As the atmosphere of racial tension grows, both Haroon and Jay must set out on a painful journey of self-discovery, where they will ultimately question their loyalties and the beliefs they have always taken for granted.

About this Author

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 successful writers and prolific writers for teenagers His novel Shattered recently won the 2007 National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Award and the 2007 White Pine Award A former teacher, Eric visits classrooms across the country and he has already spoken to more than 750,000 students

ISBN: 9781554550623
Format: Young adult softcover
Pages: 280
Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Published: 2007-10-01


"This thought-provoking novel works extremely well as an examination of the dangers of racism and the redeeming value of tolerance."
-- Quill & Quire

"This is a powerful and important book, one that will speak to modern teen readers in a way that they will undoubtedly hear and respond to. . . Without falling into didacticism, Ellis and Walters thoughtfully depict a full range of reactions and widely-held beliefs and offer readers the opportunity to see not only the vastly different experiences that shape Jay and Haroon's understanding of events, but also how so many others feel and respond to events like 9/11 and the mere threat of anything similar. . . Bifocal should, and will, enjoy a wide readership and would make an excellent choice for class, or group, discussion."
Highly Recommended.
-- CM Magazine

"This is a story that will leave readers looking at their schools and themselves with new eyes."
-- Booklist

"Bifocal is perhaps the bravest, most important, engaging and enraging, most satisfying work of fiction for young Canadians in a long while. Also, the most timely. It will make you think, render you angry and saddened, and leave you hopeful and reflective."
-- The Hamilton Spectator

"This novel is about our differences and how we treat one another. It deals with contemporary issues and could well become important reading in today�s high schools."
-- Winnipeg Free Press

"(Bifocal) is a powerful look at a community divided along racial lines."
-- The Canadian Press

"Together, Ellis and Walters created two vivid characters and put them in a fictional high school that bristles with racial tension."
-- The Toronto Star

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