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Children's Fiction Values & Virtues


by (author) Eric Walters

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2010
Values & Virtues, Law & Crime, School & Education
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2010
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2010
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2010
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


The principal announces that the school is implementing uniforms, and Ian finds himself caught in a conflict.

Julia, the student body president and Ian's friend, wants Ian to devise a plan to fight the decision, but the principal is determined to convince Ian the uniforms are a good idea. Ian doesn't see the problem with uniforms and wants nothing to do with the issue, but while doing research for a social-justice class, Ian learns that the manufacturer of the uniforms is on the top-ten list in the industry for human-rights violations. When he tells the principal their clothing is being made in sweatshops using child labor, all he gets is a reminder that the penalty for refusing to wear the uniforms is expulsion. Ian finds himself caught in a whole new conflict—one with himself.

About the author

Eric Walters is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling novels for children and young adults. His novels have won numerous awards, including the Silver Birch, Blue Heron, Red Maple, Snow Willow, Ruth Schwartz, and Tiny Torgi, and have received honours from the Canadian Library Association Book Awards and UNESCO's international award for Literature in Service of Tolerance.

Eric lives in Mississauga with his wife, Anita, and three children, Christina, Nicholas, and Julia. When not writing or touring across the country speaking to school groups, Eric spends time playing or watching soccer and basketball, or playing the saxophone.

To find out more about Eric and his novels, or to arrange for him to speak at your school, visit his website at

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  • Commended, CCBC Best Books starred selection
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Award nominee

Excerpt: Branded (by (author) Eric Walters)

"There are many causes for which I am prepared to die, but none for which I am prepared to kill," Mr. Roberts said. "Does anybody know who said that?"

Editorial Reviews

"A thought-provoking story with engaging characters and a well-paced plot. Many readers will enjoy Branded simply as a good read but this novel would also suit a literature circle or discussion group."

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"A great lesson about standing up for what you believe."

Tacoma School District #10

"Fast-paced and packed with thought-provoking questions as well as humour…The use of social media in organizing events and expressing opinions, as well as their shortcomings, could provoke interesting discussions on etiquette and the Internet…An inspiring and empowering read for youth living in the information age. Highly Recommended."

CM Magazine

"Walters uses Branded to raise awareness of a terrible social issue. Sweatshops are the subject of news broadcasts and articles, but until the products of these companies touch us directly, we tend to turn a blind eye. Teens will be interested in watching Ian as he struggles to make sense of opposing views on the subject and how adults often preach one thing and then practice another."

"A good addition to the hi/lo collection, this fast paced story raises social issues that relate to school and international social issues...Humor contributes to an enjoyable read and use as a possible book discussion with groups."


"Walters explores an interesting topic."

The Horn Book Guide

"The plot…moves quickly, making for a quick read. A good choice for libraries looking to add to their hi/lo collections."

School Library Journal

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