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The Jacket by Andrew Clements
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Jan 04, 11

bookshelves: 5012, children-fiction, school, prejudice
Read in January, 2011

A tiny bit outdated, The Jacket is the story of Phil (a white boy), who wrongly accuses Daniel (an African American boy) of stealing his brother's jacket.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 starts questioning his motives, biases, and family views, he comes to the realization that he is prejudiced...but, is he? His mom says no, yet his father's reactions to events and people, say yes. He finally decides he has to make things right with Daniel, and tries to make amends. But are his attempts too little, too late.

The book may provided some food for discussion, but overall, there are much better and more current books that deal with the issue.
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