The War Between the Classes

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The war between the classes - Gloria G. Miklowitz

This book tells about a Japanese girl who has an relationship with a white boy and an Color game in their class.

Emiko Sumoto is a 17 year old middleclass Japanese girl. She has a relationship with a white rich boy called Adam Tarcher. Her father is against this relationship because his afraid of his daughter and doesn’t trust the whites.

At the beginning of the book Amy, so Emiko is called by her friends and Adam go to the school ball. Amy’s father wants her to be home at one a clock right after the ball. On the ball Adam’s friend speak stupidly to Amy. Amy doesn’t like Adams friends but she doesn’t say a word about it. But after the ball Amy and Adam forget the time and Amy comes home after two in the night. Her father is very angry and therefore Amy isn’t allowed to see Adam for a week. She calls him and tells it to him But they decide to be together in school every day. After telephoning she and her parents go to visit her brother Hideo. Her father hasn’t talked to him over a year because he had married a white woman named Sue. At the dinner Sue tells that she is pregnant.

The next week in school they start a Color game in Amys and Adams common class. Her teacher Otero explains them how it works: it lasts for four weeks. There are four colors: The blue the highest, the dark greens, the second highest, the light greens and the oranges which are the worst. They have to pick out there color out of a bag. Then they get a band which they’ve to wear 24 hours a day and some play money. The lower colors must do what the higher colors want them too and if they obey they have the chance to be promoted otherwise they can be demoted. They also have to take a journal with them in which they’ve to write their experiences with the game which Otero collects each week. They’ve also to report if somebody of the lower colors disobey. There are also guards, the G4’s who watch what they are doing and control if they disobey. They have to pick their color out of a bag. Amy picks blue and Adam orange. So they aren’t allowed to talk with each other anymore without being punished. There’s also a difference between boys and girls. The girl are called Teks and have a higher position than the boys, the Non-Teks. So Amy is in the highest position and Adam in the lowest one.

At first Amy enjoys being a blue. So she can order the others like Adams friend Justin around whom she doesn’t like.

She likes to have power now and is listened to by everyone. She also isn’t punished as she talks to Adam. Only Adam has to pay with his play money for it.

But then she doesn’t like it anymore because she isn’t allowed to talk to Adam and to her other friends. Only to the blue ones. So she tries to restore to contact to her friends. She calls her friend Carol, which is a dark green one and asks her to go shopping like they did in former times. But Carol wants to be promoted as a blue and she can’t if she’s seen with a blue one. But finally she accepts it. They go to the mall and Carol wears her band though they’ve said that they wouldn’t wear it. And then they meet Brian, one of the G4’s he wants to see Carols band and journal and writes Amy down as she says that she had intentional left her band at home. After shopping she goes home and thinks about it. She colors a poster: All Colors Unite. She calls her friend Juan, who’s a light green to help her and together they go to hang up the poster in the school at night. She also eats again with her friends in lunchtime and she starts to bow to the lower colors which they would have to do to her. Brian sees that and writes it down. In the next lesson. The G4’s accuse the Oranges to had hung up the poster. But Amy stands up and says that she had done it and also Juan does. So after all she had done she got demoted to an Orange and Juan too. Amy is now happy because she’s now again together with Adam and her friends. Together they decide to make a...
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