Friday, March 21, 2008

Give a Boy a Gun--Todd Strasser

This was a good, quick, albeit depressing read. A fictionalized account of a school shooting in middle American, the book is told through anecdotes from a wide variety of characters, including the shooters friends, enemies, and various classmates, teachers, parents, etc. Interspersed throughout the book are statistics about gun violence. The author has definate ideas, but no firm solutions, about the problem of school shootings. It is a provocative look at a disturbing and pertinent subject. I'm not sure if I should encourage my students to read it, or worry that it will give them ideas.

Challenges: Young Adult, TBR (alternate)

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