Parents' Guide to

Mascot

By Sun Cooper, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Compelling novel in verse about controversial school mascot.

Mascot book cover: Title is diagonally centered in bold white font across a red paint smear background which deliberately covers a sports mascot depicting a Native caricature

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Mascot is a deeply compelling social justice narrative of a challenging topic with real-world relevance and diverse perspectives. Clear in its mission from its book title to its back pages, this novel confronts a challenging topic with accessible tween-friendly dialogue and complex characters with their own mix of personal biases, passions, and influences. This novel in verse is an easy read about a heavy topic with a direct call to activism. The authors don't shy away from including highly politicized content such as cancel culture and white supremacy, nor nuances to topics such as homeschooling and immigration. Admirable effort is made to include and represent the complexities of characters with compassion. Readers will relate to the challenges of honest, respectful communication between peers and adults of different identities, backgrounds, and beliefs; and ultimately be inspired by how students, families, and communities of different perspectives can come together learn, listen, find positivity and create change. This book provides ample opportunity for classroom and family discussions around racism and civil conversations.

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