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The Assignment

Awards/Honors/Nominations:

The Assignment:

2022 Sakura Medal Award Nominee

2021 Sydney Taylor Book Award 2021 Notable for Young Adults

2021 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee

2021 Milwaukee County Teen Honor Book

2021 Wisconsin State Reading Association Recommended YA Novel

2020 Nerdy Book Club Best YA Fiction Novel Winner

Reviews/Interviews: 

JBC Bookshelf: Kids Summer Read – The Assignment was one of “fif­teen fan­tas­tic read­ing rec­om­men­da­tions to take young read­ers on imag­i­na­tive adventures!”

Why the Sydney Taylor Awards Matter

The Hub: Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2021) Nominees Round Up

JTA: The Holocaust is exaggerated in pop culture. That makes it hard for educators to teach the truth. – Article – wonderful mention – also in: Chalkbeat, Longmount Leader.com, NewsNation USA, Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, Jewish Exponent

 Wisconsin State Journal: ‘The Assignment’ explores what happens when a classroom lesson becomes indefensible

Kveller Magazine, “Hitler Was Not ‘About About One Thing,’ Congresswoman Miller”

The London Magazine

EW – Entertainment Weekly’s What’s in a Page: How Han Solo and Princess Leia inspired Marissa Meyer’s new novel – ” What is the last book that made you cry? “The Assignment by Liza Wiemer.

Kveller Magazine “A Teacher Made His Students Debate Hitler’s Final Solution. What Happened Next was Incredible.” Reprinted: Jerusalem Post, The Jewish World, La, Pagina Judia, CT Jewish Ledger, Kogonuso, Cleveland Jewish News, JTA, Columbus Jewish News, The Jewish News of Northern California, Intermountain Jewish News, NJ Jewish Standard

Jewish Views: The Assignment: Novel Based on Actual Antisemitic Assignment

Washington Independent Review of Books

We Need Diverse Books

Review – Sydney Taylor Shmooze 

Review – Jewish Book Council

Nerdy Book Club, MAKE HISTORY – SPEAK UP! – BOOK REVIEW BY ALIZA WERNER

Brightly: Raise Kids Who Love to Read: 11 YA Book on Courage and Bravery

Social Justice Stories for Young Adult Literature Circles

School Library Journal, Freedom to Read, COVID-19 Edition” by Pat Scales. “In celebration of Banned Books Week, I have had eighth graders read The Day They Came to Arrest the Book by Nat Hentoff. In past years, I’ve used the film based on the book. Last year, students didn’t connect with the book or the film, saying they seemed dated. Can you suggest an alternative? 

Journal Times: Horlick Students Participate in “HumanKIND” Assignment

I’m glad you listen to the students and seek titles dealing with similar issues in new ways. Newer books can also create conversation about free speech and pique student interest. For eighth graders and high school students, try The Assignment by Liza Wiemer (Delacorte, Aug. 2020). It’s one of the most interesting, powerful books I’ve read dealing with academic freedom. My bet is that spontaneous discussion will erupt after students read it.”

Here’s the announcement in Publisher’s Weekly

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Hello? was named a Goodreads YA Best Book of the Month: November 2015

Goodreads YA Best Books of the Month: November
Goodreads YA Best Books of the Month: November

October 1, 2015: 

Fantastic review, School Library Journal

SLJ

October 9, 2015

Washington Independent Review of Books “5 Conversation-Starting YA Novels,” by Caroline Bock

October 22, 2015: 

It’s official! Hello? is the Nicolet High School sophomore novel! All 285 students will be reading Hello?. The English department wrote a grant so that all students could receive the novel. In addition to my visit, the teachers have scheduled a suicide prevention counselor, screenplay writer, and poet to come in and enhance learning.

November 1, 2015

“11 Must-Read Books Coming This Month,” by Diane Le, Brit & Co.

November 5, 2015: 

Hello? was included in Paste Magazine‘s “10 of the Best New YA Books in November.” Hello? “is one of the most original YA novels of the year… If you’re looking for something incredibly different to pick up this month, push this to the top of your list.”

November 13, 2015:

Hello? was included in Brit + Co’s “10 of November’s Must-Read YA Books

November 14, 2015

Door County Advocate: “Students Learn the Power of Hello” by Samantha Hernandez

Door County Advocate
Door County Advocate

November 16, 2015:

Write On Door County Newsletter

Write On Door County Newsletter
Write On Door County Newsletter

November 21, 2015

Los Angeles Review of Books: The Grain of Voice, by Paul Volponi

The beginning of the article by Paul Volponi
The beginning of the article by Paul Volponi

Paul Volponi’s list of best books for voice: Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find. Paul Griffin, Stay with Me. John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath. Greg Neri, Chess Rumble. Jack Lewis, “Who’s Cribbing?” (Please note that there is a typo on the spelling of my name.) Liz Weimer, Hello? The multiple voices and styles here remind me of a patchwork quilt. It has the same feel as Carole King’s Tapestry album. I find myself replaying the voices in my mind, like songs with shifting keys and melodies. Chris Lynch, Inexcusable, Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why, Shawn Goodman, Kindness for Weakness,  Drew Daywalt, The Day the Crayons Quit.

January 18, 2016

Racine Journal Times

January 22, 2016

University School Milwaukee News

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March 10, 2016
WTMJ4 – The Morning Blend

March 15, 2016

Door County Pulse

May 2016

The Hartford Chronicle

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May 27, 2016

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Hypable: Life Imitates Art: Walking in the footsteps the “Hello?” characters