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The War Between the Classes

The War Between the Classes

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by Gloria Miklowitz

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What are Amy and Adam going to do about their love life? Neither Amy's traditionalist Japanese parents nor Adam's snobby, upper-class mother will accept their relationship. To make things worse, Amy and Adam are involved in the "color game" at school, an experiment that's designed to make students aware of class and racial prejudices.

Now the experiment


What are Amy and Adam going to do about their love life? Neither Amy's traditionalist Japanese parents nor Adam's snobby, upper-class mother will accept their relationship. To make things worse, Amy and Adam are involved in the "color game" at school, an experiment that's designed to make students aware of class and racial prejudices.

Now the experiment threatens to alienate Amy from her friends and tear her apart from Adam. She knows it's time to rebel against the color game. But will the rest of the class follow her lead?

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"The book challenges the reader to examine his or her own relationship to different levels of society."--The Horn Book Magazine

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Random House Children's Books
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Laurel-Leaf Contemporary Fiction Series
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Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.94(h) x 0.44(d)
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Meet the Author

Gloria D. Miklowitz is the author of over 60 fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults. Her books have won national and international awards and deal with important issues such as racial injustice, steroid abuse, date violence and militia involvement. Three of her novels were made into award-winning television specials, including one which won the Emmy for "Best Children's Special" in 1985 (The War Between the Classes). A frequent speaker at schools, Ms. Miklowitz has also taken part in conferences in the United States, South Africa and Sweden.

After graduating from the University of Michigan, Miklowitz married and moved to California where she became a script writer of documentary films on rockets and torpedoes for the Navy Department. Her husband, a scientist, became Professor of Engineering at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. When her second son was born she left her job and began writing for children, entering a manuscript in a national contest and selling her first book.

As her children grew older she wrote for middle grades and then young adults. More than half her published books are for the older reader. She says, "I write because I like to try on different lives through my characters and want to help young people find answers to their problems."

A widow, Ms. Miklowitz lives in La Canada, California. Her two sons are college professors of Philosophy and Psychology. All four Miklowitzes have books in print and one granddaughter is now trying her hand at being a writer.

For more biographical information see www.authors4teens.com and the 17th edition of Something About the Author Autobiography Series, pp 225-241.

Most Recent Books:
The Enemy Has a Face. Eerdmans. Spring '03
Secrets in the House of Delgardo. Eerdmans 2001
Masada, the Last Fortress. Eerdmans. 1999
Camouflage. Harcourt Brace. 1998
Past Forgiving. Simon & Schuster. 1995
The Killing Boy. Bantam Books. 1993

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War Between the Classes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book!! I had to read this for school, and we were on a schedule where we had to read a certain amout of pages, and I read ahead because it is SOOO good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What first caught me off guard had nothing to do with the story at all. It was the way it was...written. While I was reading there were so many spelling mistakes, some words were randomly bolded, a character's last name changed, then later it changed back, and a sentenced got cut off plus may more errors that really confused me and threw me off about the story. Over all, even though there were so many errors, they were pretty easy to understand what they are really supposed to be so you can still understand the story. The story was wonderful, and actually something I can relate to. It was funny, romantic, interesting, adventerous, and really gets you thinking about racism and how the different social classes treat each other and the way color of skin, background, or religon can affect your relationship with someone. And to be honest, I didn't really had much expectations for this book since it's only a summer reading book. However, this book really taught me something. People shouldn't be racised to each other, after all we are all human and equal. Why can't we show that outside though? I guess the only explaination is that humans are just horrible. What kind of...organisms are we? Ok, so afterall the book was amazing, I definitely recommend it to other young adult readers and I hope the lesson would blossom inside your heart as it did for mine. SO QUIT WASTING YOUR TIME. BUY IT NOW AND EDUCATE YOURSELVES. I HAVE NO MORE TO SAY.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's been over 10-years since I've read this book, and it still comes to my mind. It's an excellent book to help any educator enlighten youth about racial, economic, and gender discrimination. Even to this day, I still recall many of the lessons that this book presented; I can only assume that the same thing has happened to others. On a side note, this book was based on an actual sociology experiment...and there is contact information for educators to get their own copy of this experiemtn to try out for themselves if they wish. A definite must read, and something to consider implementing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 7th grader and usually I hate reading assigned books, because it always seems like the reading teachers assign you boring books on purpose and then expect you to want to read more form reading that boring book. But this book was different. It starts out a little slow, but after that it is really obsorbing. This novel also teaches the average person that there is such a thing as racisom, but we CAN do something about it if we want to. This was a really good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great! It includes all the things that a book should have! Action, Drama, Comedy and Meaning. Check it out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gr. 7-10 The War Between the Classes did not have some of the essentials to be a good book. This book had little to no exciting events, which means it was quite boring and uninteresting. I didn¿t like the book because of how little it left me wanting to keep reading. It felt like I was falling asleep while reading the book, it was horrible. Amy is an Asian middle class and the main character. Adam is her boyfriend he¿s American rich and popular. Neither of there parents wants them dating someone of a different race. Furthermore, Amy¿s dad is already mad because Amy¿s brother Hideo eloped to a white woman Sue. Sue is pregnant with Hideo and her baby. The book is mainly about a game Amy¿s schoolteacher sets up called the color game. In the color, everybody is assigned a color, orange being the lowest game everybody is assigned a color blue being the highest. Adam gets orange Amy gets blue. Because Blues can¿t talk to oranges, Adam and Amy start drifting apart. Eventually Amy becomes a turncoat to the blues, and gets demoted to orange. She and Adam get closer again, and the oranges plan a rebellion to make all colors in unison. At this point Sue loses her baby. Amy¿s dad feels sorry for her and realizes that he should start excepting Adam. One of the main reasons I didn¿t like this book is because I couldn¿t identify with any of the characters. The main characterizations of Amy is she m idle class, but its mostly she¿s Asian and a women. Although there are some things I can relate to with Amy, overall I can¿t because I¿m American and a male. She goes through discriminations about both being Asian and a woman, and I couldn¿t really have any empathy towards her. I identified with Adam more. Adam is rich and American, that made it a lot easier to relate. I am American and a male so I did identify a little. The reason I couldn¿t relate to Adam is because I didn¿t like him. I thought he was snotty and could be obnoxious, I can¿t relate to someone I don¿t like. I would only recommend this book to someone who likes a lot of controversy. Controversy plays a huge roll in this book because of how it talks about discrimination. It discusses how in this country white people are dominant. In addition, it deals with how rich or upper people have more power than lower or middle class. To add, it discusses how men are superior to women. Although I didn¿t like the book, I did like its theme. Its message was that discrimination is everywhere. We should refrain from being prejudiced or biased The massage is very real and we have to follow it. In conclusion, this book was not very good. It was very boring, and uninteresting, nothing really happened. I don¿t think you should read this book I doubt you¿ll enjoy it.