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"There are many causes for which I am prepared to die, but none of which I am prepared to kill," Mr. Roberts said.
"Does anybody know who said that?"

When the school principal announces a new uniform policy, Ian is pressured to fight the decision. His best friend Julia is determined to get him to protest the policy, but the principal is equally determined to convince Ian uniforms are a good idea. Ian wants nothing to do with the issue-at first. Then he discovers information that makes it impossible to not choose ...

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Overview

"There are many causes for which I am prepared to die, but none of which I am prepared to kill," Mr. Roberts said.
"Does anybody know who said that?"

When the school principal announces a new uniform policy, Ian is pressured to fight the decision. His best friend Julia is determined to get him to protest the policy, but the principal is equally determined to convince Ian uniforms are a good idea. Ian wants nothing to do with the issue-at first. Then he discovers information that makes it impossible to not choose sides-no matter what the consequences might be.

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Editorial Reviews

BookLinx
"A good addition to the hi/lo collection, this fast paced story raises social issues that relate to school and international social issues...Humor contributes to an enjoyable read and use as a possible book discussion with groups."
Tacoma School District #10
"A great lesson about standing up for what you believe."
CM Magazine
"Fast-paced and packed with thought-provoking questions as well as humour…The use of social media in organizing events and expressing opinions, as well as their shortcomings, could provoke interesting discussions on etiquette and the Internet…An inspiring and empowering read for youth living in the information age. Highly Recommended."
TeensReadToo.com
"Walters uses Branded to raise awareness of a terrible social issue. Sweatshops are the subject of news broadcasts and articles, but until the products of these companies touch us directly, we tend to turn a blind eye. Teens will be interested in watching Ian as he struggles to make sense of opposing views on the subject and how adults often preach one thing and then practice another."
Resource Links
"A thought-provoking story with engaging characters and a well-paced plot. Many readers will enjoy Branded simply as a good read but this novel would also suit a literature circle or discussion group."
The Horn Book Guide
"Walters explores an interesting topic."
Children's Literature - Patrice Russo Belotte
Ian never considered himself one of the privileged class. In fact, like most high school students he seemed content with the occasional challenging assignment and a focus on post-secondary education. It is not until Mr. Roberts, the school principal, introduces Ian and his friends to world issues through his social justice class—that Ian truly begins to consider what will be his mark on the world. Encouraging each student to think critically and globally, Mr. Roberts shows the class a YouTube video on child labor and sweatshops. However, before Ian can even begin to question his own response to the information presented in the video, the entire school is put on alert after a shocking assembly. In an effort to enforce greater security and discipline, Ian's school will become a test site for new uniforms. As Ian and his friends question the rights of students within the public education system, the themes of his social justice class come rushing through each thought. When it seems his classmates will have to succumb to the formality of ties and blazers, Ian makes a major connection between the uniforms and the global need for universal child labor laws. Reviewer: Patrice Russo Belotte
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—When his high school announces that all students will be getting uniforms, Ian can't be bothered to protest. He doesn't care all that much. Then, in his social-justice class, taught by the principal, he learns that many of his favorite things are made on foreign soil by exploiting the poor people of those countries. When he finds out that the uniform he's being forced to wear is manufactured by a company that is considered one of the worst offenders, he decides to take a stand and tries to get the board to change its mind, even thought there are consequences. While the overall theme is a bit heavy-handed, the plot does moves quickly, making for a quick read. A good choice for libraries looking to add to their hi/lo collections.—Esther Keller, I.S. 278, Marine Park, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554692675
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Series: Orca Currents Series
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 1,210,378
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Walters began writing in 1993 as a way to entice his grade five students into becoming more interested in reading and writing. At the end of the year, one student suggested that he try to have his story published. Since that first creation, Eric has published nearly seventy novels. His novels have all become bestsellers and have won over eighty awards. Often his stories incorporate themes that reflect his background in education and social work and his commitment to humanitarian and social-justice issues. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 70,000 students per year in schools across the country. Eric is a father of three and lives in Mississauga, Ontario, with his wife Anita and dogs Lola and Winnie. For more information, visit www.ericwalters.net.
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"There are many causes for which I am prepared to die, but none for which I am prepared to kill," Mr. Roberts said. "Does anybody know who said that?"
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  • Posted June 3, 2010

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    Ian and his friends have just received some shocking news from the principal, Mr. Roberts. At the weekly assembly, Mr. Roberts announces that starting in two weeks everyone in the school will be required to wear a school uniform.

    Shirts, ties, dress pants, skirts, all with a school crest will be the required attire. Some students simply take it in stride and carry on, but Ian watches as other students openly object. The punishment for not wearing the proper uniform is suspension.

    At first, Ian has mixed feelings. Uniforms are not the worst thing in the world. He can even understand the argument Mr. Roberts presents in favor of the change. However, Ian's feelings change when it is discovered that the company providing the uniforms uses sweatshop labor to create the clothes.

    In addition to being principal, Mr. Roberts teaches a class in social justice and has recently revealed the horrors of sweatshops. Ian doesn't understand how he can know about the abusive working conditions in these places and still encourage the requirement of these particular school uniforms.

    Author Eric Walters uses BRANDED to raise awareness of a terrible social issue. Sweatshops are the subject of news broadcasts and articles, but until the products of these companies touch us directly, we tend to turn a blind eye. Teens will be interested in watching Ian as he struggles to make sense of opposing views on the subject and how adults often preach one thing and then practice another.

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