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With more than forty books in print, Andrew Clements is the best-selling author of Frindle, The Landry New, The Janitor's Boy, and The School Story. All of these "school stories" have appeared on numerous state award lists.

When asked what prompted him to write The Jacket, Mr. Clements says: "If a white kid grows up in the majority culture in America, sooner or later there will come a realization that children from other races may have had a very different experience, may have lived in a different America. I vividly remember that realization in my own life. I wanted to write a story about that moment when unconscious prejudices rise to the surface, a story that would both explore differences and emphasize our common humanity."

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Prejudices Fiction, Race relations Fiction, Schools Fiction