emmejo, December 15, 2009 (view all comments by emmejo)
Brendan and Gary have always been teased. They have always been the bottom of the barrel. Always ignored, no one notices them except to punish them or hurt them. But they make that change when the come to a school dance armed and take their classmates and teachers hostage.
I am not sure what to say about this book. It opens with Gary's suicide note and a collage student trying to understand why these boys would do something like this. It continues as interviews, chat logs and e-mails. It is a book that makes you extremely uncomfortable because you can almost see why these boys did this. It almost makes sense and seems reasonable. That is a horrifying thought, because when would shooting ANYONE be reasonable? This book is hard to read, but I think reading this kind of book opens your mind and lets you see a little bit of that dark, evil spot in everyone's head. It makes you wonder and actively think about what you could do, because after seeing that darkness you can't just ignore it.
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Yardpilot, May 12, 2009 (view all comments by Yardpilot)
This is a work of sensationalistic trash. Little in it is true, though the author claims it is all "based on fact." Most of the "statistics" and "facts" are based on debunked, disproved, or just plain fictional sources. It is simply another piece of anti-gun propaganda designed to demonize guns and gun owners. The obvious influences of the usual anti-gun groups is difficult to miss in this mangled mess of misinformation. It is an insult to any thinking person to see how little regard the author holds for the intellect of the people who read his "book."
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Simon Pulse -
The horrors of teen violence are explored in this eye-opening novel through the lens of one shattering event where two armed students hold terrified classmates and teachers hostage in a school gym.
The horrors of teen violence is explored in this eye-opening novel through the lens of one shattering event where two armed students hold terrified classmates and teachers hostage in a school gym. Facts about teen gun use and school violence add counterpoint to this selection.
In this devastating novel, a school shooting shatters lives on both sides of the gun. Told from the point of view of of fourteen-year-old Gray Wilton, who killed four students at his high school, as he awaits his murder trial.
“A hard-hitting and eloquent look at the impact of bullying." -School Library Journal
New town, new school, new start. Thats what fourteen-year-old Gray Wilton believes. But it doesnt take long for him to realize that there are bullies in every school, and hes always their punching bag. Their abuses escalate until Gray feels trapped and alone. He has no power at all until he enters the halls of Greenford High School with his fathers semiautomatic in hand. Nancy Garden deftly explores the cruelty of bullying and its devastating effects. In this brutal, heartbreaking story, a school shooting shatters lives on both sides of the gun.
by Simon and Schuster,
For as long as they can remember, Brendan and Gary have been mercilessly teased and harassed by the jocks who rule Middletown High. But not anymore. Stealing a small arsenal of guns from a neighbor, they take their classmates hostage at a school dance. In the panic of this desperate situation, it soon becomes clear that only one thing matters to Brendan and Gary: revenge.
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