Miles Morales: Spider-Man

Book review by Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Exciting, smart, cool version of comic book superhero teen.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 6 reviews

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Stereotypical conspiracy theory and race bating

I purchased this book for my son. It is one of the four books I choose for his summer reading. He choose a four others. The original Spiderman movies had heavy classism overtones. I guess one shouldn’t be surprised at the racism and classism theme of this book. Miles Morales is a biracial student on scholarship at a prep school in New York. He and his parents choose BVA hoping for a chance at a better way of life. Unfortunately, he is the target of a school to prison pipeline historical possession of his history teacher, Mr. Chamberlain who use his classroom, privilege, and power to extoll the benefits of slavery and the miscarriage of justice at the South’s of the civil war . At the end of the book, when Jefferson Davis’ ghost is killed, the history teacher, a victim of the possession continues to use his classroom to systematically spew hatred, intimidation, and coercion at the students of color and low socioeconomic status. There is no reason for Spiderman’s Character to be part of the book. The only real connection is Miles’ “Spidy-sense” going off whenever he is in Chamberlain’s class. Miles and other African American men and boys are portrayed as ungrateful, angry, irresponsible, and violent despite the success he has achieved at BVA all while trying to navigate the halls of the halls of the as a student who is scorned for being a “Sko-lo”. There is some mild language, violence, repetitive use of multiple racial slurs, negative stereotypes of African Americans, Koreans, and Southerners. Multiple conflicts are introduced and only one is resolved. I do not recommend this book unless it is read to point out the atrocities of racism, classism, the hidden failures of private schools for minorities, and the inability of high school students to have a voice and be heard.

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