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The War Between the Classes

3.29  ·  Rating Details ·  433 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
What are Amy and Adam going to do about their love life? Neither Amy's traditionalist Japanese parents nor Adam's snobby, upper-class mother will accept their relationship. To make things worse, Amy and Adam are involved in the "color game" at school, an experiment that's designed to make students aware of class and racial prejudices.

Now the experiment threatens to alienat
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 1st 1986 by Laurel Leaf (first published April 1st 1985)
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Aug 04, 2008 Rachel rated it did not like it
This book was awful.

The concept was kind of interesting--it seems to be a fictional write-up of an actual project some social studies teacher carries/ed out in high school to help students better understand the ways in which they are affected by their own and others' race, class, and sex. The idea is that a whole class is divided into four groups with corresponding colored arm bands. Depending on the group, the members get more or fewer privileges and/or penalties. The teacher rigs the game so
Sarah Crawford
Feb 11, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it liked it
Amy is a Japanese-American student whose boyfriend is Adam. One of their teachers at school has his class divided into artificial groups based on economics and sex. The students are broken up into Blues (rich, powerful), Dark Greens, Light Greens and Oranges (the bottom of the barrel), and each group is subdivided into two groups based on gender, with the girls being given the highest status in each group.

In addition, there is a very wide range of rules they are to follow including bowing to yo
Oct 15, 2010 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 17, 2010 Haley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a lower middle class Japanese girl, Amy Sumoto, and her relationship to Adam, a member of the white upper class. They struggle as they move through the four most devastating weeks of their young lives: when the color game is introduced at school by the teacher Ray Otero. Adam is placed in lower class, orange, and Amy is placed in upper class, blue. So Amy plans on rebelling against the color game.

This book is supposed to, and does, connect to real life. The color game is de
Jun 23, 2012 Leah rated it liked it
I'd had this book on my shelves in my classroom, but somehow I never picked it up. I enjoyed this quick, easy read about racism, classism, and sexism. The story follows the relationship between a Japanese girl and a wealthy white boy. Although their own families don't accept their relationship and even their own friends pass judgment, their love stays strong. The real test comes when they decide to be a part of a social experiment, designed by their teacher to show how minorities are treated.

Sawyer H.
The idea of the class system based on background in this time period is what first drew me into the world of Gloria D. Miklowitz. I loved the idea of showing caucasian men what it feels like at the bottom. The one thing I did not like at all was the fact that these kids thought the game was unfair to them and refused to see the point of the game, to show how unfair life is. The ones who are actually rich men that are at the bottom in the game, have overlooked the lesson and proved the insolence ...more
Oct 22, 2013 Melissa_c rated it it was ok
I thought the book was really boring, uneventful, and very predictable. The characters were very fake and booting, therefore I couldn't really relate to any of them. Also the plot was very week and the end result was very predictable. Overall the novel was okay, but I did learn a few things from it. For example people personalities are based on the environment they group up in and the people they surround themselves with. Also I learned that people can be different then who you see them as, so p ...more
Drew Sturgeon
Students are involved in a "color game" experiment at school that is supposed to make them aware of class and racial prejudices in "The War Between the Classes." This experiment threatens the relationship of Amy and Adam. Amy is from a traditionalist Japanese family, and Adam is from a white, upper-class family. Further, the "color game" begins to alienate Amy from her friends. This book could be used in a classroom to discuss issues of class, race, and relationships are perceived by students. M ...more
Cerah Johnson
Dec 16, 2011 Cerah Johnson rated it it was amazing
I think that this book is a really good book.I also think that it shows how many people think of racism.The best part of the book was when the game had begun and everything changed.One part about the book that i was disappointed about was when Amy decided to have a raffle.I was disappointed cause i thought that the raffle was going to be bigger than it was.To me they talked about it and had all types of meetings about it and it didn't even play a huge role in the book.But overall The War Between ...more
Melanie Andrango
Mar 20, 2014 Melanie Andrango rated it it was amazing
This book was great! The book was about how there was this color game that Amy and Adam played in school. The came had different classes. The game showed different social classes. The game split people up and put the people in different social classes. Amy thought it was unfair and that the game needed to stop. She and a bunch of other people came together and tried to take a stand to stop the game. At the end, they won and did what no other class did. That was the whole lesson. The book made me ...more
Dec 22, 2008 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a book that made me think about the way we as people act. It was interesting to read and then look at how others as well as myself act around people who are "higher" and "lower" in the different stereotypes of the world. It made me realize that there really is an order of how people act because of the way they view others.
Sep 17, 2011 Brooke rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone; it would fit anyone's book needs
Recommended to Brooke by: school
This book, is one of the best books I have ever read. It involves every social issue possible and teaches the reader that you should treat every person the same, because they are just like you. Just because they are from a different culture or don't have as much money a you, or they have more money, or whatever the circumstance, every person is the same. I enjoyed reading this book so much
Jan 31, 2008 Chrissy rated it really liked it
This book describes a game that was played in a high school. In the game, they are assigned different classes and then have to act as if they are a part of the social class. One of the better young adolescent books I have read. I think sometimes adults get more out of these books than the adolescents do.
May 10, 2012 Dania rated it liked it
Read this for ninth grade English class. Quite bland, or at least I thought. Maybe it was the over-analyzing we were forced to do but I'm really on the fence about this one; it's boring but the values and morals it's trying to move across really are worth being heard out. Still, the writing could improve. Though, the dialogue is greatly illustrated and we have to give Gloria props for that.
Sep 03, 2014 Catherine rated it liked it
I read it again after watching the film "The experiment" (simulation game: prisoners and wardens which goes terribly wrong). It's about racial differences, prejudice, competition and overcoming prejudice.
Jun 01, 2010 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great book to read about the daily life of people going through the idea of social class as a structure to classify all people. The plot simply is about a group of high schoolers playing a game to follow the sturcture of the social class.
Anupma Raj
Jan 22, 2016 Anupma Raj rated it really liked it
It was short and thought provoking. Kept me interested because of how honest the characters are in their reactions as the plot unfolds. Miklowitz paints the characters in beautiful shades of to interpretation that is influenced by the readers own prejudices.
Zack Chiang
Feb 11, 2014 Zack Chiang rated it it was amazing
It's an interesting book that I couldn't help reading it everyday. It's about topics of society and classes. Watching them how to deal with their problems is quite exciting. It not only let us read their story, but also let us think about our society as well. I truly love this book!
Jul 21, 2009 Katherine rated it really liked it
I really dug this book as a young adult, though I must say the cover is rather hideous. The message about race and class is not subtle, but that's kind of the point, and it works in the context of the color game. . Well written and doesn't talk down to teens. I'm glad to see it's still in print.
Cameron Janssen
Jan 31, 2015 Cameron Janssen rated it liked it
Had to read for English 9, was impressed by how this book gave a very clear picture of setting but the characters were a bit bland. Had to do a lot of work with this book, maybe making it less enjoyable
Allyson Faith
Nov 26, 2015 Allyson Faith rated it liked it
My rising 8th grade student and I read this together as her required summer reading and we enjoyed it. Good character development and lots to discuss with this age group.
Nikki Boisture
Dec 12, 2013 Nikki Boisture rated it it was ok
Dec 08, 2008 Christina rated it really liked it
I enjoy teaching this book as it brings up lots of topics my students have dealt with with varying levels of success.
May 26, 2011 Lizzy rated it liked it
dude this cover is sick!!! the one at school is like so old and aged....they must have changed it!!! anyway, another school
Mar 19, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it
In this book the main character is Amy. Amy loves Adam, but Adam's parents can't accept Amy's tradition. Adam's parents can't accept Amy's tradition because Amy's parents are Japanese.
Jul 18, 2016 Rachel marked it as to-read
Recomended ALAN News. Connected with Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji and Todd Strasser’s, THE WAVE
Feb 08, 2016 Megan rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It shows how we really treat those of other classes, and how we might react if our own status changed. It's a bit dated now, but still has a point to make.
Janel Romero
Jan 15, 2016 Janel Romero rated it liked it
Read this book for school, it was okay
Mr. Kim
Aug 14, 2012 Mr. Kim rated it it was ok


Preachy without any subtlety.

Prabhdeep R
Sep 17, 2012 Prabhdeep R rated it it was ok
It was OK. Wasn't the greatest.
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