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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 of genocide of the Jewish people, Logan March and Cade Crawford are horrified. Their teacher cannot seriously expect anyone to complete an assignment that fuels intolerance and discrimination. Logan and Cade d ...more
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Expected publication: August 25th 2020 by Delacorte Press
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rachel
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta-read
This book is so well written, smart, important and powerful. Perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Nic Stone, and Nicola Yoon. I read two early drafts as a beta reader and cannot wait to read the final in 2020!
Reading Teen
Dec 07, 2018 marked it as to-read
I am so excited for this book!! HELLO? is a favorite of mine and I know this is going to be amazing and powerful!!
Anuradha Rajurkar
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THE ASSIGNMENT is a powerful, courageous, 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 yet honest touch, it also uniquely braids together the power of friendship, love, and family, composing a story that is part mystery, part love story, p ...more
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
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
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Kip
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply fantastic. I hope this book is read in schools across the country.
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.
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
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Benay Katz
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! In addition to being written beautifully, the author, Liza Wiemer, takes the readers on a courageous moral journey. Two high school students stand up to their school's beloved teacher who gives them an assignment that makes these seniors feel uncomfortable. They are supposed to pretend they are Nazis at the 1942 Wannsee Conference and give reasons why and how Jews should be murdered. As I read the book, I found myself wanting to fight alongside these two students ...more
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
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Marylyn
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
Hannah
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!~!!!!!
Katrina Feraco
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookshop-arc, ya
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
Betsy Kaplan
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-assignment
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
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Alexa Smith
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Wiemer absolutely nailed it. I finished the book and had chills. As someone who also experienced an anti-Semitic incident at my university, I could see myself as Logan and Cade in every scenario. The tweets chapter, so powerful and realistic. It’s so incredible how Wiemer used modern events of anti-Semitism such as Charlottesville and Pittsburgh, which make the story all the more real and chilling. The backlash, the authority not backing down, making you doubt yourself and showing just how ...more
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
Rosalie
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Holocaust happened decades ago and has no influence or impact on today. THE ASSIGNMENT shows how incredibly false that statement is. This riveting, thought-provoking, suspenseful and unforgettable book shows what happens when the lines of morality and decency are not considered and what it takes for teens with a conscience to take a stand. It reminds me of the times when I’ve been challenged to do the right thing and its my hope that this example will help young adults today to not turn thei ...more
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.
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
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Tziporah Altman-Shafer
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one day. Once I started, I could not put it down until I finished it.

The lesson in this book, about being an upstander, is extraordinarily powerful. It is a must read for middle school students, high school students, and teachers alike. The way that Wiemer wove together the family narratives with the social dynamics and school politics made the book fascinating.

As a former classroom teacher and now a teacher of teachers, I highly recommend this book. Once it comes out, I will
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Jenny Chou
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Liza Wiemer’s timely and important novel, a community, a school, and one history class confront antisemitism after a teacher assigns a chilling project focusing on Hitler’s Final Solution. When they show the courage to protest the ethics of such an assignment, Logan March and Cade Crawford endure verbal attacks from other students, harsh words from a teacher they’d respected, and a hateful act of vandalism. As much as I wanted to think this could never happen, the story is based on a true eve ...more
Nicole
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, wsra-2020-2021
Wow! What an incredible novel. It's a pre-order, must read, must have in your classroom library & get in the hands of kids (and adults!) book. ...more
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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 of genocide of the Jewish people, Logan March and Cade Crawford are horrified. Their teacher cannot seriously expect anyone to complete an assignment that fuels intolerance and discrimination. Logan and Cade decide they must take a stand.

As the school administration addresses the teens’ refusal t
...more
Erika Dreifus
A timely, important story, carefully told. I'm many years beyond the target readership (YA); as with other YA work, it's difficult for me to assess the book as, say, a peer of the fictional Logan and Cade might do. But I'm very much hoping that the book will reach those readers.
Gae Polisner
I've blurbed this beautiful important book. Pre order to see what I had to say. ;)
Jamie Beth Cohen
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow.
Julie Swearingen
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free advanced copy from the publisher.

I really liked this book--like, finished it one day liked it. I'm hoping to have my YA-centered book club choose it this summer.

The main story of the assignment the two characters are fighting against, and how it affects their family is both current and evergreen--this isn't something we've left in the past, it is still happening every day in our country.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone, not just young adult readers.
Michelle W
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read an ARC. Thought provoking book that all students should read! So many life lessons packed into 300+pages. Read it in a day and a half- couldn’t put it down!
Maureen Luddy
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing

The Assignment should be required reading for everyone, but most importantly high school students worldwide.

Only 25 percent of millennials 18-30 know significant details about the Holocaust.

In her newest book, based on true events, Liza Wiemer tells the story of two high school students who refuse to do a school assignment defending the Nazis’ position at the Wannsee Conference.

The heroic fictionalized characters, Logan and Cade, bravely risk their reputations, friendships, college scholarships
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Kailey Steward
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was good. The content was incredibly important, and handled in a sensitive, smart way. I think the author was careful with their writing, but didn't go too safe. It explored the issue at hand and assignments like these thoroughly, but without being intentionally harmful.

I want to be clear that as I'm not Jewish I cannot speak to how harmful the content is or is not. I just felt that the author was not intending harm with their writing. However for that measurement I would look for ownv
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My new YA contemporary novel, The Assignment will be published fall of 2020 by Delacorte Press. 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 rooftops and crazy socks.

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