The War Between the Classes
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The War Between the Classes

3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  291 ratings  ·  31 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...more
Hardcover, 158 pages
Published October 1st 1986 by Turtleback Books (first published April 1st 1985)
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Haley
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...more
Amber
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Rachel
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...more
Melanie Andrango
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
Leah
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.

Th...more
Zack Chiang
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!
Melissa_c
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
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
Dania
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.
Brooke
Sep 17, 2011 Brooke rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Kara
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.
Rad
Congratulations, Amy, I am completely unattracted to your boyfriend. I am also completely unattracted to anyone else in this book.
My major problem with the book was that I think it tries to bite off a bit more than it can chew. Class issues, AND racism, AND sexism? My goodness. No wonder I felt so unsatisfied at the end.
Chrissy
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.
Katherine
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.
Nicole
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.
Jason
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.
Lizzy
dude this cover is sick!!! the one at school is like so old and aged....they must have changed it!!! anyway, another school book....eh.
Christina
I enjoy teaching this book as it brings up lots of topics my students have dealt with with varying levels of success.
Rachel
Apr 07, 2008 Rachel marked it as to-read-older-pick  ·  review of another edition
Recomended ALAN News. Connected with Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji and Todd Strasser’s, THE WAVE
Sally
I liked this book. It would be interesting if they turned in into a movie if they haven't already.
Gilwen
In der Schule gelesen. Gute Lektüre für den Englischunterricht. Leider völlig inkompetenter Lehrer.
mαrιssα - brooks ♥
I think this was the first book that was entertaining that I had to read for school. (x
Mr. Kim
Cliched.

Predictable.

Preachy without any subtlety.

Caelyn English
it was very intersting book . i liked it a lot a very good book.
Kerry
Read in May 2000.
Read again in November 2003.
Prabhdeep R
It was OK. Wasn't the greatest.
Latonya Silky
i love this book so munch
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