Book cover of Mascot




Publisher & Publication Year

Charlesbridge, 2023

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Traci Sorell (Cherokee Nation) and Charles Waters

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Just outside of Washington D.C., six students grapple with a mascot, tradition, and identity. This verse novel is told from perspectives of the six students, as well as including poems from the English teacher who assigns them a persuasive argument and paper on the mascot issue. As the students struggle with understanding one another and fighting for changing or keeping the mascot, they face opposition from unexpected sources, have friendships tested, and ultimately lead them to answering big questions about their own identity and place in the world.

Notable Achievements

2023 Kids Indies Next List monthly selection, Septmeber 2023; A Junior Library Guild Selection


Publishers Weekly: “The creators eschew judgment to present a well-rounded discussion about classism and racism, as well as effective allyship, with compassion and understanding.”

Kirkus Reviews: “The compelling, highly relevant subject matter and accessible text invite readers to understand different perspectives and witness individual growth.”

Educator Guide

This discussion guide, created by authors Traci Sorell and Charles Waters, provides questions that relate to the content of the book, have real-life applications, and delve into the back matter, which further explores the mascot issue and provides resources for further learning.

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