The Assignment

OPTIONED FOR FILM: Screenplay Completed

In the vein of the classic The Wave and inspired by a real-life incident, this riveting novel explores discrimination and antisemitism and reveals their dangerous impact.
2024 Lincoln Award Nominee
2022/2023 Georgia Book Award Nominee
Free Little Library “Read in Color” Recommended Read
TAYSHAS Recommended Read (Texas Library Association)
State of Illinois “Read for a Lifetime” Book
A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year
2022 Sakura Medal Award Nominee
Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable for Young Adults
Wisconsin State Reading Association Recommended Young Adult Novel
Nerdy Book Club Best YA Fiction Novel
YALSA/ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee
Milwaukee County Teen Honor Book

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SENIOR YEAR. When an assignment given by a favorite teacher instructs a group of students to argue for the Final Solution, a euphemism used to describe the Nazi plan for the genocide of the Jewish people, Logan March and Cade Crawford are horrified. Their teacher cannot seriously expect anyone to complete an assignment that fuels intolerance and discrimination. Logan and Cade decide they must take a stand.

As the school administration addresses the teens’ refusal to participate in the appalling debate, the student body, their parents, and the larger community are forced to face the issue as well. The situation explodes, and acrimony and anger result. What does it take for tolerance, justice, and love to prevail?

Based on a true incident.

The Assignment has been compared to classics such as The Wave and The Hate U Give.



The Assignment hardcover (Delacorte Press, a division of Penguin Random House) and the all-star cast audiobook (Listening Library) were published on August 25, 2020. The paperback edition was published by Ember on August 31, 2021.

To date, foreign rights have sold in Italian, Russian, Polish, and Korean.

Praise for The Assignment

Wiemer handles a timely topic with sensitivity and courage, using a multitude of deftly-drawn voices to craft a riveting, important, and thought-provoking read. Unputdownable and unforgettable.
Author of Mistwood, a Kirkus Best Books for Teens
THE ASSIGNMENT grabs the reader from its very first pages and refuses to let go. This fast-paced, compelling story will inspire readers to stick to their principles and fight for what’s right. A timely and necessary read.
Author of White Rose, a School Library Journal Best YA book of 2019
THE ASSIGNMENT is riveting, completely realistic, and powerful. Readers won’t be able to resist putting themselves in the students’ shoes and thinking about when and where they themselves would draw the line, or if they would dare confront power at all. I recommend reading it in a single sitting—I did.
National Book Award Finalist author of The Rules of Survival and New York Times Bestselling author of Impossible Series
"Wise and nuanced." - About THE ASSIGNMENT
Thanhhà Lại
New York Times best-selling and National Book Award-winning author of Inside Out & Back Again and Butterfly Yellow
"Brave, breath-stealing, and bold." - About THE ASSIGNMENT
Author of Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me
THE ASSIGNMENT is a beautiful story, as smart and timely as it is page-turning. It should be essential reading for both teens and adults.
Author of The Art of Losing, a Goodreads Best YA Book of the Month