The Jacket

The Jacket

Book - 2002
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Phil is on a mission. His absentminded little brother forgot his lunch money. All kinds of thoughts are running through Phil's mind as he searches for Jimmy in the throngs of fourth and fifth graders crowding the school hallway: ...if I'm late for math today, then I might not be allowed to take the test -- and then I could flunk math! I might even flunk sixth grade and get left back!
Then Phil spots Jimmy's one-of-a-kind jacket and rushes to the corner of the hallway. Except the person wearing it isn't his brother; it's some black kid Phil's never seen before -- wearing Jimmy's jacket! Phil makes an accusation, tempers flare, and both kids wind up in the principal's office.
How will Phil react when he finds out how Daniel came to be the owner of this unique jacket? Will Daniel be able to forgive Phil for an accusation that was based on racial prejudice? What will each boy learn about the other, and most important, about himself?
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster Children's Pub. Division, c2002
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780689825958
Branch Call Number: J/FIC/Cleme 359401 1
Characteristics: 89 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Henderson, McDavid
Audience: "Ages 8-12"--P. [2] of cover


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Jul 24, 2016

I'm kind of disappointed that the critics are so oblivious to the nature of the book. It's supposed to help kids understand the nature of prejudice, so that they can actually take a stand on it. Maybe their first impressions aren't all that specific, but it's important to make sure the message gets across.

Jul 24, 2016

This book is SOOOO stupid. It's making kids question things like, "Should my parents having a house maid who's black be wrong?" I almost couldn't finish this monstrosity of a book. It's wrong and is one of the worse books in Andrew Clements lineup.

Jul 21, 2014

This book is not about racism at all !
It is a great book . Very well written and a good story . It explores the differences in the colors and emphasizes our common traits , feelings and just the sameness we have in our general living . And the misconceptions that we could have about how the different colored people live. Well done story. Very good ending .

Connorhw1 Oct 03, 2011

I didn't like this book because the boy reffered to dark skinned people as "black!" Why would some kids' author include racism in a book for children!

Jul 22, 2011

Great Book!!

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Feb 13, 2010

Bighat thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 12


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