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Phil is on a mission. His absentminded little brother forgot his lunch money. All kinds of thoughts are running through Phil's mind as he searches for Jimmy in the throngs of fourth and fifth graders crowding the school hallway:...if I'm late for math today, then I might not be allowed to take the test -- and then I could flunk math! I might even flunk sixth grade and get...more
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Published May 2nd 2002 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2001)
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Jennie
Phil sees a kid with his brother's jacket on and accuses the younger boy of stealing it. It turns out that Phil's mother gave it to her cleaning lady who gave it to her grandson (the kid).

Phil then freaks out and thinks he thought the jacket was stolen because the kid was African-American (even though it was weird, because it was a fairly distinctive Italian jacket, so the race card seems a bit forced in this case).

It deals with the issues well for the intended age range, but I wanted a little...more
carrietracy
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Justice
The book that i will be writing a review about is The jacket.If you are the type of person that likes books that have mystery and a little confusion then you should read this book.The authors name is Andrew Clements and the genre of this is a realistic fiction.The characters of this book is Daniel and Phil.I personally think that this book is very cool and interesting.Since this book has mystery ,which i like, i would recommend this book to many people who enjoy mystery.
One example from this b...more
Catharine
This would be a good book to have upper elementary students read as part of a book group discussion. The topic of prejudice and awareness of the reality of the world for different races is seen from a fifth graders eyes. It brings up the topic without being didactic, but in a way that I think would get young students thinking about race in their own world.
Dean Deters
I think the most important event is when Phil and Daniel stop fighting an make up. It really changes the whole story.

Summary:the main character Phil thought that a guy named Daniel was his brother because of his jacket, but it was not so they get in a big argument when Phil finds out it is not.

Character trait: "Oh no my brother left with his friend to school and he forgot his lunch money and I have to bring it to him!!! I am gonna be late for class and it is gonna mess up my grade. And it is a...more
Brett
This book would be a great discussion starter for classrooms, being a short, easy read that looks at the enormous topic of race relations in modern America, & what prejudice looks like & can do. I was at first bothered by the fact that some aspects of the topic are brought up, but then left to hang: for instance, Phil discovers that his father is himself fairly prejudiced, but it's never discussed or resolved, just left there as a stated fact - but then I felt that Clements may have been...more
Fiona
The book The Jacket is related to one of our group discussions about stereotypes. It's about how this boy, Phil, saw a kid named Daniel wearing his brothers jacket, and then just starts thinking that he bullied his brother to get the jacket, but in truth he didn't consider the fact that someone might have given Daniel that jacket. I think it is considered that Phil was being stereotypical, but just judging the boy by his race. It's also racist. After the encounter with Daniel, Phil started wond...more
Jill
Hmmmm....

My Children's Lit teacher recommended this book to my class like 50 times, so I put it on my to-read list. I loved Frindle, which is also by Andrew Clements, so I figured this couldn't be too bad. I'm still not really sure about it.

This was the incredibly short story of Phil and Daniel. One day, Phil is looking for his brother when he sees Daniel, a black kid, wearing the same jacket as his brother wears. He instantly assumes that Daniel stole the jacket, presumably because Daniel is bl...more
Evelynn {The Literary Pianist}
This is the lowest rating I've given a Clements book, and here's why:

I simply didn't care for the way the book's message was portrayed. Yes, addressing prejudice against other races is important when it is present. But I don't believe that it was truly present in Phil's case, even though he kept telling himself that he was prejudiced. That drove me nuts. Also, I think that there was a huge part of the picture that Clements missed, like he could have told us the reason behind Phil's father being...more
Laura
I read this book because of its cover and because I'll be presenting at a symposium on African-American literature. The cover features an African-American kid so...

It wasn't quite what I expected. For one thing, I think it's directed at a younger audience than I expected. I thought it would be middle school but it appears to be more upper elementary.

The book kinda folds in with an incident that occurred at school yesterday. I overheard a student say, "My mom took away my phone 'cause a' my grade...more
zabarj
Pretty powerful for such a short book! Phil, a sixth grader, spots a kid wearing his brother's jacket. The boy wearing the jacket is Daniel. Phil stops him suddenly in the hall and accuses him of stealing the jacket. Phil realizes that it was his cleaning lady, Lucy, who gave Daniel the jacket. Lucy is Daniel's grandmother. Phil goes through a journey of maturity and self-reflection from this one incident. He pops the bubble that he has been living in, almost to a point that gives the reader hig...more
Jnase1
Phil spots his brother's jacket on a boy in his school and accuses him of stealing the jacket. But it turns out that Phil's mother had given the jacket to the boy's grandmother, who in turn gave it to the boy. Phil later learns that the boy's name is Daniel and his grandmother is actually Phil's family's cleaning lady. This whole incident causes Phil to do some self reflecting and he begins to wonder if he would have reacted the same way if he had seen a white boy wearing the jacket. After this...more
Maria Cervantes
It was Thursday morning right before first period, and Phil was on a mission. Hurrying through the fourth- and fifth-grade hall, he waded through groups of younger kids. His little brother, Jimmy, had left the house early so he could ride to school with a friend, and he had left his lunch money on the kitchen counter.

Phil was tall for a sixth grader, so most of the younger kids got out of his way. Which was good, because he had no time to mess around. If he got one more tardy during December, he...more
Patricia Wilson
The book titled The Jacket by Andrew Clements is an 89 page contemporary realistic fiction book. This book is a must read for all ages primary to 100 because it is a realistic reflection of how life can be.
The book begins with Phil rushing through his school on Thursday looking for his brother to give him his lunch money. He sees a jacket that used to be his and his mom gave to his brother so naturally he thought that this boy was his brother, it was not. Phil accused Daniel of steeling the jac...more
Mr. Holt
While "The Jacket" by Andrew Clements was an easy read much like his other novels, I was a bit disappointed by how he handled the race issues in the book. Although this novel would serve as a great springboard for a frank discussion about race relations in our country, he skimmed over the surface and never tied up loose ends in the novel. The book was too short and left me feeling unfulfilled. I wanted the author to further explore the father's feelings on race and perhaps have his son engage hi...more
Randie
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Jackie
A tiny bit outdated, The Jacket is the story of Phil (a white boy), who wrongly accuses Daniel (an African American boy) of stealing his brother's jacket. What he doesn't realize is that the jacket was given to Daniel's grandmother, Lucy, as a hand-me-down. Lucy works for Phil's family as a cleaning lady on Saturday mornings. While Phil is friendly and pleasant to Lucy, he never really got to know anything about her family or her life, even though he has known her his entire life.

When Phil star...more
Heather
I read this aloud to the kids. It's a short, interesting story that explores prejudice. We had a good discussion at the end, imagining what might happen if the book kept going. I was happy with their take-away - that it's good to be friends with people who are different from you because you get to know what they're really like and that you may have a lot more in common than you think.
Kelsey Scherer
A good story about a young white boy being very confused as to whether or not he and his family is prejudice. He sees a boy wearing what he thought was his brothers jacket so he grabs the boy, staring a small fight. They are taken to the principals office where Daniel, the black boy who was given the jacket from his grandma lucy who cleans for Phil's family. Once Phil reviles that he knows Daniels grandma because she cleans, Daniel takes it as a raciest thing, throws down the jacket and states h...more
Jori
Could have been better. Though I am glad there is a book where it can start a conversation for white kids who live as he does. Especially because this kid is "seeing" better the racial divide/differences in his local community.
Lucia2422
I think the ending ended too quickly and happily. Daniel and Phil's situation was solved in a very basic way. In the beginning of the book it was very descriptive on how the boys thought about each other and I was expecting a huge solution. Also when the ending came it wasn't as descriptive as the beginning. The ending is the biggest part of the book and the author didn't really show that and didn't describe how Daniel and Phil were feeling. Also the audience want's to know more about how Phil a...more
Hi
Warning: This review may contain spoilers.

I read this one on a whim. This book was intended for young audiences and I think it would work well for young 'uns. Reading this book reminded me of that article that said books with covers of colored people don't sell. When I saw this book, I thought "Hey! This proves that article wrong." but then I found out that the plot involved around racism and prejudice. It just made me think. Even if people claim that we live in an equal world (and hey, I used t...more
Crista
Phil sees that Daniel is wearing his brother's jacket and immediately accuses Daniel of stealing it. Daniel says his grandmother gave it to him. Once Phil realizes who is grandmother is and that Daniel is telling the truth, Phil starts to question his on beliefs on racial prejudice.

This is a wonderful story to open the door to questions on prejudice, stereotypes, and diversity. I love how the author has the two boys as far apart, on the friendship spectrum, as possible in the beginning and then...more
Worthreading
This novel would be great for introducing the idea of race relations and prejudice in an intermediate classroom. At the beginning of the story, the main character accuses another boy of stealing his brother's jacket. When the main character learns that this is not the case, he begins to wonder whether he came to his initial assumption because the child was African-American, and this thought leads him to a few revelations about himself and his family. Andrew Clements does a good job of writing th...more
Christian Lindsay
"The Jacket" written by Andrew Clements was a short novel written about a young boy named Phil. One day in the hallways at school he was another peer wearing his brother's jacket. Thinking it was stolen he confronted the young African-American boy saying he was a thief. Realizing it wasn't stolen, Phil began the think that he was prejudice against black people. The book was short and sweet as Phil quickly resolved his issues with prejudice. Overall Andrew Clements could've made more of a point t...more
Kirei
Would like to have seen it from daniel's pov. It was all the white kid's pov.
Liam
Read this book a few years ago- I read it in a day, and it wasn't very interesting.
Emilee
This is a quick read on about a 2-3rd grade level. It's a wonderful introduction to prejudice and misunderstanding. When Phil sees another kid wearing his brother's jacket, he assumes it was stolen. It turns out he was wrong, and Phil has to ask himself the question: Would he have made the same assumption if the boy wearing the jacket hadn't been African American? And that question leads to others that reveal some unsettling truths about Phil's neighborhood, his family, and even himself.
Stephanie Mohler
Very simplistic book about prejudice and how we perceive people. Not much character development- would have liked more. Should make for interesting conversations with book club tomorrow.
Sam
It's a very good book in explaining/showing kids about discrimination. It's written in the view of an elementary schooled boy who begins to reevaluate his morals when he accuses a boy of stealing a jacket that looks like his brother's. After thinking for a while, he begins to wonder if he accused the boy based on race, which opens up an entirely new conversation that Clements illustrates for the kids. I would say anywhere from grades 2-4
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I was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1949 and lived in Oaklyn and Cherry Hill until the middle of sixth grade. Then we moved to Springfield, Illinois. My parents were avid readers and they gave that love of books and reading to me and to all my brothers and sisters. I didn’t think about being a writer at all back then, but I did love to read. I'm certain there's a link between reading good books an...more
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