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Bifocal

3 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Deborah Ellis

Two award-winning Canadian authors team up to tell a story of race prejudice that divides a high school after Azeem, a Muslim student, is arrested following a bomb plot. The story is told in the alternating voices of two students: studious Haroon, … see full wiki

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Author: Deborah Ellis
Publisher: Fitzhenry and Whiteside
3 reviews about Bifocal
review by . March 17, 2008
High school is full of prejudices of all types. Insecurity is everywhere, and even in a diverse area, there is segregation of all types. Both authors caught that nuance and dealt with it gracefully and dealt with the race issue in a superb manner. Yes, there are ugly scenes in this book- some that filled me with horror and disgust. Even so, those scenes were realistic. The authors are aware that they are dealing with a "young adult" readership that has experienced much more and lost so much of its …
review by . January 17, 2008
"Bifocal" is a new children's novel that revolves around one of the hottest topics in America: Terrorism. Though the book rarely gets deep in it's subject of what a terrorist is or isn't, the book spends a great deal of time revolving around a common fear of whether or not kids can be terrorists. More specifically, whether or not Muslim kids can be terrorists. The book opens with a fire drill that results in a Muslim teen being wrongly arrested for being a potential terrorist. At this point the …
review by . November 04, 2007
In today's world, we never know when our lives are going to change at the drop of a hat. However, most of us don't expect for our very existences to be questioned, and especially not those of us who live fairly normal lives in typical small towns. But when an Islamic terrorist plot is uncovered in just such a place, two high school boys find their lives turned upside down and their values questioned, and they both must make life-altering choices as to how they are going to handle themselves.     …
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