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Caste: Adapted for Young Adults

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Riveting adaptation of best-seller on race and caste.

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This engrossing, meticulously researched, and humanity-affirming book is essential reading for any teen advocate of social change, and could inspire a teen reader to become one. Caste is based on Wilkerson's award-winning 2020 book of the same name. Compelling metaphors, like inheriting an old house or being cast in a play, make dense, difficult history and advanced language and ideas accessible for younger readers. Many parts of the book are heavy and disturbing, including descriptions of torture, racial and sexual violence, and genocide. Younger teens may struggle with sophisticated vocabulary and the intense content, so it may be best to read and discuss the book as a family or offer it for independent reading only to older teens. That said, hope is interwoven throughout the narrative. The author makes plain the hold caste has on us all and opens readers up to the shared humanity that will invest us in shaping a more just future. An unequivocal must-read.

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