• Pages:128
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:social justice, fast fashion, activism, clothing manufacture, school uniforms
  • Pub Date:02/14/2023
  • Fry Level:4.1
  • Lexile:HL600L
  • ATOS:4.3
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The principal announces that the school is implementing uniforms, and Ian finds himself caught in a conflict.

Julia, the student body president and Ian's friend, wants Ian to devise a plan to fight the decision, but the principal is determined to convince Ian the uniforms are a good idea. Ian doesn't see the problem with uniforms and wants nothing to do with the issue, but while doing research for a social-justice class, Ian learns that the manufacturer of the uniforms is on the top-ten list in the industry for human-rights violations. When he tells the principal their clothing is being made in sweatshops using child labor, all he gets is a reminder that the penalty for refusing to wear the uniforms is expulsion. Ian finds himself caught in a whole new conflict—one with himself.

Silver Birch Award nominee   | 2011  |  Short-listed
CCBC Best Books starred selection   | 2011  |  Commended