school shooting

Four torn pieces of paper in the colors of yellow, green, red, and gray, taped together with the title in large black letters over the top

Only Child

Navin, Rhiannon
5
Rated by
Lisa H
Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin, is narrated through the voice of Zach, a first grade boy who hides in a closet with his teacher and classmates while a lone gunman begins shooting people in his elementary school. In the aftermath of the shooting, once 19 people are pronounced dead, we are taken through a captivating emotional journey, hearing not only Zach’s thoughts, but those overheard conversation

Cover of A Heart in a Body in the World

A Heart in A Body in the World

Deb Caletti
4
Rated by
Megan K.
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019

A 2019 Printz Award Honor Book, Deb Caletti (author of Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, and The Nature of Jade) has written another must-read. The novel takes on powerful themes such as survivor’s guilt, sexual violence and mental health. I was blown away by this book, and I highly encourage both adult and teen readers to give Caletti’s newest book a try.

https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1425838036

This is Where It Ends

mariele Nijkamp
3
Monday, Jun 4, 2018

At 10:00 a.m., the principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech welcoming students back from winter break.
At 10:02 a.m., students get up to leave the auditorium for class.
At 10:03 a.m., the auditorium doors won't open.
At 10:05 a.m., someone starts shooting.
This story is told from 4 different perspectives over the span of 54 terrifying minutes. Fear reigns as a former student's revenge turns into a game of survival.

I do not think this is an accurate depiction of a school shooting situation, but it was gripping all the same. I could barely...

The book cover has four different sections with different colors

Only Child

Rhiannon Navin
5
Rated by
Colleen O.
Sunday, Jun 3, 2018

Only Child is told by six-year-old Zach Taylor, whose world is turned upside down when a gunman enters his school and kills nineteen children, including his older brother. The author has an uncanny ability to enter the mind of a small child and describe events as only a small child is able. The voice of innocence and wonder, sadness and confusion jumps out of every page as Zach tries to comprehend the tragedy that has befallen his family and the actions and despair of the adults around him, including his parents.

https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/347630036_give_a_boy_a_gun

Give A Boy A Gun

Todd Strasser
5
Monday, Jun 26, 2017

Brendan and Gray have been relentlessly harassed and bullied by the jocks at Middletown high for as long as they could remember. But not anymore. They decide enough is enough. They take all their classmates hostage at a school dance with an arsenal of stolen guns. It soon becomes clear to the students during the chaos that the only thing that matters to Brendan and Gary is revenge. At points along the story, there are statistics about gun violence, further educating the reader's understanding of the backdrop of this story.

This was a good, quick, although depressing read. A...

This is Where it Ends book cover

This Is Where It Ends

Marieke Nijkamp
4
Thursday, Feb 11, 2016

Four different people, four separate stories, and four unique perspectives are all tied together by fear. As the school-wide assembly ends, the entire school discovers that all the doors are locked as a student starts shooting. In this fast paced read, which only spans the course of fifty minutes, the reader gets the perspective of four students, who all have reasons to fear the boy holding the gun. Each character reflects on how they are tied to the shooter, decisions they have made, and how they got to this point all while testing their strength in this nerve-wracking, suspenseful book.