New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Raders, 2002
IL 3-6, RL 5.9
Racism doesn't come with an
age limit in this book. You can find act’s of prejudice anywhere
that diversity is present. When a young white boy, Phil is walking
through the halls of school looking for his brother to give him his lunch
money, he mistakes another young boy for his brother because he is wearing
the same coat. When he realizes it's not his brother and it is Daniel
an African American student he accuses him of stealing the coat. After
starting a fight and getting sent to the principal’s office they figured
out that the coat was given to Daniels mother for him. Phil starts to feel
a sense of guilt and begins to question many beliefs of his own, and his
families. Will Phil realize that he accused him because he is black and
apologize, or will he think it is okay because of his father beliefs? In
this realistic fiction book “The Jacket” Andrew Clements, provides us with
an example of prejudice that can happen in any school. Readers will be
able to enjoy this book and relate to it because the present world we live
As I was walking down my 4th
grade hallway, minding my own business, I all of a sudden feel someone
yanking my jacket off of me while I came crashing to the ground.
I had no idea what was going on. Was it because I was black?
Prejudices -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.