Publisher’s Weekly: Authors Raise $100K for Levine Querido

Out and About: A Tale of Giving

Recent Reviews:

The Sydney Taylor Schmooze: Out and About: A Tale of Giving

JBC Review: Out and About: A Tale of Giving

The Assignment



The Assignment:

Lincoln Award Nominee
Georgia Peach Book Award nominee
State of Illinois Read for a Lifetime Book
Little Free Library “Read in Color” Recommended Read
TAYSHAS Recommended Read (Texas Library Association)
Sakura Medal Award nominee (Japan)
Sydney Taylor Notable YA Novel
A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year
YALSA Best Fiction for YA nominee 
Milwaukee County Teen Honor Book
Wisconsin State Reading Association Recommended YA Novel
Nerdy Book Club Best Young Adult Novel winner
On October, 12, 2021, Liza was named one of…


On October 25, 2022, A BBC reporter asked Liza Wiemer to comment on Ye’s (Kanye West’s) antisemitic rants. Here’s her response:

The Tablet: Award-Winning Author’s Message to Diocesan Studies: Reject Hate, Embrace Tolerance

ABC-Affiliate Boca: Mosaic: TV show

KERA’s “Think” – NPR Dallas. Interview with Courtney Collins 

KERA: ‘Appalled:’ Holocaust Museum leaders condemn Southlake ISD call to offer ‘opposing’ Holocaust views

North Carolina Council on the Holocaust May Newsletter: History Stuck in the Past? A Perspective by Liza Wiemer, author of The Assignment – page 20

Missouri Life Magazine

SCBWI Pro Insider: The Power of Perseverance

The Upstream: Opinion Editor – The Assignment is a book every teen should read, regardless of religion

The Vedette: Book Presentation Successfully Discusses Thought-provoking Topic

West Orange, New Jersey Patch: Author Visits West Orange Students for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Moment Magazine: Beshert | I Was Done Writing Books. I Thought.

Spot-on New Jersey: West Orange middle schoolers hear from Liza Wiemer on Holocaust Remembrance Day

TapInto West Orange: Liberty & Roosevelt Middle Schools Experience Unique Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Vedette: Award Winning Author Liza Wiemer to Visit PHS April 27

Moment Magazine: Moment Brand Studio: Liza Wiemer Fights Antisemitism with “The Assignment”

The Jewish Press: A Project Gone Wrong

Milwaukee Magazine: This Book By a Local Author Is a Must-Read: Liza Wiemer’s new novel tells a story about standing up against injustice.

Social Justice Books: A Teaching for Change Project – The Assignment Activism and Organizing, War and Anti-War, Education

Charlotte Jewish News

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, 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

We Must Stay Vigilant Against #Holocaust Education Going Off the Tracks

Washington Independent Review of Books

We Need Diverse Books

Review – Sydney Taylor Shmooze 

Review – Jewish Book Council


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. “Newer books can also create conversation about free speech and pique student interest… 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.”

Journal Times: Horlick Students Participate in “HumanKIND” Assignment


Here’s the announcement in Publisher’s Weekly


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


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


May 27, 2016

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