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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  740 ratings  ·  272 reviews
In the vein of the classic The Wave and inspired by a real-life incident, this riveting novel explores discrimination and antisemitism and reveals their dangerous impact.

SENIOR YEAR. When an assignment given by a favorite teacher instructs a group of students to argue for the Final Solution, a euphemism used to describe the Nazi plan for the genocide of the Jewish people,
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by Delacorte Press
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Liza Wiemer Thank you so much for this question. I've received notes from students as young as 11 who have read this novel and I've been deeply impressed with the…moreThank you so much for this question. I've received notes from students as young as 11 who have read this novel and I've been deeply impressed with their perspectives and how they've related to the characters. I think it all depends on your daughter's maturity level, her ability to discuss any questions she may have with you, and process what occurred during WWII. Ultimately, this book is about empowering students to speak up against bigotry, hatred, and injustice. There is a light romance, an American POW who shares his story, which was inspired by actual events, as well as a Holocaust survivor's story. If you have any specific concerns, please don't hesitate to message me. (less)

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Elyse  Walters
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook read by a full cast...
Emily Lawrence, Lincoln Hoppe, Julia Whelan, Andrew
Eiden, Lisa Wiemer,

A teen book - that adults, parents, and educators should consider reading.
There’s great value for everyone.
While the story-unfolding has that addictive thing definitely going for it — ( a couple of the characters will inspire the heck out of readers- and a nana just might make you cry).....
....besides being so unputdownable, timely, moving, emotional, compelling, plot driven with memorable c
Rachel 007
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beta-read
I read two early drafts as a beta reader and cannot wait to read the final in 2020!
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Five plus very strong stars! The Assignment by Liza M. Wiemer was a very thought provoking, riveting and compelling book. It was fast paced, plot driven and masterfully written.

As the title suggests, The Assignment unveiled a very serious dilemma for Logan and Cade, two high school students. Their much loved, very respected and revered history teacher had just told their class that they would be researching The Wannsee Conference. At this conference, high ranking Nazi officers debated “a Final
Anuradha Rajurkar
THE ASSIGNMENT is a powerful, timely story of two teens, Cade and Logan, who, listening to their inner voices, stand up for what they know to be right despite immense pressure from their teachers, community, and country to act otherwise. Though THE ASSIGNMENT thoughtfully and masterfully handles social justice issues with a sensitive touch, it also uniquely braids together the power of friendship, love, and family, composing a story that is part mystery, part love story, part full-on resistance! ...more
Reading Teen
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so excited for this book!! HELLO? is a favorite of mine and I know this is going to be amazing and powerful!!

Edit: I knew it would be amazing and powerful and it didn’t let me down!

Timely. Eye-opening. Important.
A.J. Pine
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Can you be proud of your heritage, your faith, your identity, yet also have a strong need to protect or hide yourself from the 'outside' world?" This is a question Liza Wiemer asks in her author's note, which I read before beginning the book. Before even starting THE ASSIGNMENT, Wiemer's words had already struck a very sensitive chord because that duality has been something I've struggled with since I was a kid (even having grown up in a predominantly Jewish community) and continue to struggle ...more
Stephanie Fitzgerald
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Y.A. readers and teachers, everywhere
As students in classrooms, young people are expected to accept and complete assignments given to them by their authority figures. Teachers rightfully expect not to have their authority questioned. Suppose, however, that an assignment was given that some students found to be morally reprehensible and they refused to comply. How would you react as a parent of one of those students; what would you want them to do with what they believed?
This is the dilemma that two high-school students, and their f
Sandy Brehl
Since I first heard about the events that inspired Wiemer to write this book I've been anxious to read her powerful and important contemporary novel. I finally got my hands on an advance copy. It far exceeded my high expectations.

The publisher's synopsis reveals why the story is such a relevant one, suited to teens and adult readers, one that begs for book clubs, literature discussions, and personal reflections. The steadily rising plot is an undeniable strength, but I was equally impressed by
Valerie Biel
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had been looking forward to reading Liza Wiemer’s "The Assignment" as soon as I heard the description. Based on a true story, Wiemer’s novel follows two teens who refuse to do an antisemitic assignment given in history class—one in which they’re expected to argue FOR the Nazi Final Solution and the murder of millions of Jewish people. Wiemer deftly handles this tough topic, creating two main characters, Cade and Logan, who are both fun and funny, witty and endearing, and just regular teens wit ...more
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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📗 This is a shocking and unfortunately, very true story about what happens when a teacher asks his class to argue for the Final Solution, putting themselves in the shoes of the most powerful Nazi leaders. What follows ends up being a debate about morality that spans the whole school, the town and nationwide.

📕 The author made this story a romantic one, without dragging away from the importance of the debate. Logan and Cade have already known each other for year
Katrina Feraco
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, bookshop-arc
This is a fabulously written book about how difficult it is to do the right thing, especially when the right thing is extremely unpopular. It’s a damning of the people who say “there’s a right way to protest” and then say “no, not like that” when someone does so in the “appropriate” way. It’s an illustration of the way so many acts of hate and attitudes of intolerance are ALREADY normalized in 2020 in the US. Integrity and righteousness are two lofty ideas to communicate to teenagers, especially ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply fantastic. I hope this book is read in schools across the country.
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. Thank you so much, Random House Children's and Delacorte Press for giving me the chance to read this book.

"History is one of our best teachers. Unfortunately, this assignment will show you that society hasn't learned much at all." *

During their senior year, Logan March and Cade Crawford are shocked and upset when their favourite teacher gives the class an assignment where they have to argue for the Final Solution. Aware that th
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This week, Jewish people all over the world observed Tisha B'Av, which is a day of mourning. It is the day we remember the destruction of both Temples that once stood in Jerusalem as well as a number of other tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people over the course of history. (Description courtesy of My Jewish Learning.) So it's fitting that I recently read Liza M. Wiemer's sophomore novel, The Assignment. Based on the synopsis, you can see why.

About five years ago, I read Liza Wiemer's d
Kelly Hager
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is based on a true story, although the assignment is the only thing that isn't changed. We all think we'd be the people to stand up to injustice, but probably most of us are like the other students in the classroom. It's hard to stand up to people, and so we're very lucky that there are people like Logan and Cade in the world.

I love everything about this story. The multiple perspectives give us the chance to experience it through other people's perspectives. We mostly see Cade and Logan, bu
Terri Carnell
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Morality, passion, and sincerity make The Assignment a must-read. Liza Wiemer weaves the historical content of the Wannsee Conference and the Final Solution into the novel, adding depth, clarity, and perspective to Cade and Logan's (primary characters) concerns. Complex characters (both primary and secondary) learn that speaking up is more important than just surviving―a powerful, relevant, and necessary message for all readers.

Liza Wiemer understands her audience and knows how to handle sensiti
**Thank you to Netgalley and Delacorte Press for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way changes my rating**

WOW! This book was so important, so uncomfortable, so well-written, and had me devouring it in a 24 hour period. I enjoyed this book tremendously.

TW: Anti-Semitism, Homophobia, Bullying, Discussions about the Holocaust

Logan March and Cade Crawford are given an assignment by their History teacher which asks them to put themselves in the shoes of Nazis and debate a "Final
Rachael Hall
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is so important to read. It seems a very realistic portrayal of how easily people who are generally "good" can be gaslit into thinking something that is super racist or problematic is... not. It is also a beautiful picture of this generation's penchant for advocacy and standing up for what is right. Cade and Logan are The Best and both must be protected at all costs.

This book is unlike anything I have ever read for a few reasons. One is the writing style is quite unique. The way you s
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE ASSIGNMENT by Liza Wiemer in exchange for my honest review.***

When a beloved history teacher gives an assignment to argue in favor of the holocaust to get a deeper perspective of the genocide the Nazi perpetrated, seniors Cade and Jordan set out to stop THE ASSIGNMENT.

Liza Wiemer wrote a Big Issue Book that doesn’t pretend to offer readers a choice on how to think about THE ASSIGNMENT. All of the characters against the debate ar
Sarah Kealy
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teens, Teachers, Parents, Adults
I recently had the privilege of reading an ARC of Liza Wiemer’s upcoming new release, The Assignment. After having devoured her first YA novel, Hello?, I was anxiously waiting to read this new novel, which did not disappoint!

A group of teens are presented with a very difficult situation when their much beloved and respected teacher gives them an assignment to pretend they’re Nazis and argue for the Final Solution. Our two lead characters, Logan and Cade, are horrified. The story begins as the
Stephanie Zighelboim
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Liza Wiemer is a gifted writer.

A fantastic resource for all educators, where everyday heroes teach us that we can and should, stand up to evil and keep on going with our heads held high.

I can see every school handing out a copy of The Assignment as required reading for staff, students and their families, to facilitate relevant and timeless discussion about always doing what is right.

I laughed, cried, and cheered along with Wiemer’s well thought out and very relatable characters. I couldn’t pu
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was privileged to read an ARC of The Assignment. It is a captivating YA novel that will cause you to reflect on your values and your courage if put in a position to follow the crowd or stand firm for what is right and just. In America and around the world, this book should be part of every middle school and high school curriculum. Chilling, surprising, thought-provoking, disturbing, inspiring, hopeful, and deeply relevant. There is much to unpack here; do so with your kids. Don't miss it when ...more
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
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The Assignment is such a powerful novel that beautifully illustrates the importance of history, and the even bigger importance of not repeating the mistakes of the past. I thought that the author handled this issue in a way that was not only very sensitive, but very believable. And since it was based on a true story, which the author speaks about in her note, she absolutely does it justi
Lori Kaufmann
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Assignment is the kind of book that forces you to think the whole time you’re reading. You step into the characters' shoes and wonder - what would I have done?

Would I have been as brave as the two teenagers who realized that a history assignment to re-enact the Nazi debate about Jewish genocide was itself wrong? Would I have had the courage to challenge not only a beloved teacher, but a principal and the state education commissioner? Would I have had the guts to go against all of my friends
Nancy Barnett
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a child of a Holocaust survivor, I have lived with the history in this book my entire life. Wondering if I would have been strong, lucky and smart enough to survive has always been my burden. Today's students and the next generations will have a different dilemma. The problems inherent in an understanding of the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping are not easy. People are still being bullied, and we need to empower students to speak up and be an upstander. They cannot remain ...more
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I started this novel I expected it to be just like The Wave. It is so much more. The Assignment tells the story of Cade and Logan, who, when given an assignment to defend Nazi actions, refuse to participate in the class debate. The reaction sparks support and dissonance from their classmates, their teachers, the residents of their town, and ultimately the nation. Logan and Cade learn a great deal about themselves and others. But the most important lesson they learn is to speak up. Thank you ...more
Barbara Goldberg
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so excited to read this book. Liza Wiemer is an outstanding writer. Her books, while targeted to young adults, are so compelling and important and speak to people of all ages. I know that this book, like her other books, will be an important one for readers to absorb, talk about and learn from.
Lizzy Mason
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Official blurb: "The Assignment shows the importance of asking questions, speaking truth even when it’s uncomfortable, and demanding change regardless of your age. A beautiful story, as smart and timely as it is page-turning, this book should be essential reading for both teens and adults.”

Unofficial blurb: READ THIS BOOK.
Betsy Kaplan
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Let me tell you what I didn’t expect about this book:
I didn’t expect that it would be difficult to put down. I would have finished it sooner, but life gets in the way of plans.I didn’t expect to fall in love with Cade and Logan or relate to them on so many different levels or to wonder if I would have been able to do what they did as a teen. I didn’t expect to laugh and smile, especially since this books deals with such a tough topic.I didn’t expect to love the secondary characters and their per
Dec 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
I can not wait to read this book HELLO? is my my absolutely favorite book in the whole world!~!!!!!
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My latest YA contemporary novel, The Assignment, was published by Delacorte Press and was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book among other honors. I am also the author Hello? and two non-fiction adult books, short stories, and newspaper and magazine articles. A pre-school to high school educator now conducting workshops and writing. I'm a Green Bay Packers fan and I love nature walks, rooftops, and ...more

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