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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 136
Themes: Social justice, activism, clothing manufacture
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Mar/2010
Lexile Level: HL600L
Fry Reading Level: 4.1
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The principal announces that the school is implementing uniforms, and Ian finds himself caught in a conflict. His friend Julia wants him to devise a plan to fight the decision, and the principal is determined to convince Ian the uniforms are a good idea. Ian wants nothing to do with the issue. While doing research for a social-justice class, he learns that the manufacturer of the uniforms is on the top-ten list for human-rights violations. When he tells the principal this, all he gets is a reminder that the penalty for refusing to wear the uniforms is suspension, and Ian finds himself caught in a whole new conflict—one with himself.

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