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‘Gun’ looks at shootings from many viewpoints

‘Gun’ looks at shootings from many viewpoints

“… 13 kids went down in Littleton. Who do U remember? … Klebold and Harris … I rest my case …”

Mix two boys, a town with a hostile attitude toward people who are “different,” and some guns, and you suddenly find yourself reading Todd Strasser’s teen book, “Give a Boy a Gun.”

Through a series of interviews, the story follows the paths of people linked to Middletown High. Gary Searle and Brendan Lawlor are two boys who have been brutally teased and harassed for years by fellow students and teachers. Finally, the boys decide that the only way to bring some meaning to their lives is to take revenge on the school and townspeople.

Strasser’s book is an incredibly well-written piece of work that should be read by anyone in seventh grade and older, including adults. The book shows, through different viewpoints, how unjust we can be to our fellow human beings. This is a must-read for all, and a wonderful discussion book.

– Meredith Blake

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