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Give A Boy A Gun

Strasser, Todd (Book - 2000 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Give A Boy A Gun

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BANG! Gunshots echo through the gym. Two heavily armed students, Gary and Brendan, hold their classmates hostage at a high school dance. Their targets: the football players and teachers who have tormented them. Their weapons: semiautomatic rifles stolen from a neighbor. Their motive: revenge. In Give a Boy a Gun, the interweaving voices of students, teachers, friends, and the gunmen themselves re-create the harrowing crisis at Middletown High and the reasons behind Gary and Brendan's rampage. Mirroring the voices on each page are facts about guns and school violence that offer a blistering counterpoint to a tragedy that rings dreadfully true to life. A stunning work of fiction taken straight from today's headlines, Give a Boy a Gun is a stirring wake-up call to stop the violence and explore the role of guns in the lives of teenagers.
Authors: Strasser, Todd
Title: Give a boy a gun
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,, c2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 146 p. ;,22 cm.
Audience: 760
Ages 14 up.
Local Note: Reading Counts RC 57 10080
Accelerated Reader AR 53 10040
ISBN: 9780689811128
Branch Call Number: 813.54
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Report This Mar 22, 2013
  • mrman2252 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful, really captures different view points on gun control and bullying, and the unfortunate relation between the two. Definitly a must read

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • iluvvideo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A tale all too chillingly real in current school environments. Two young men, Brendan and Gary are victims of teasing and physical bullying by members of the 'in' group (the jocks on the football team). Unable and unwilling to endure any more abuse they approach teachers and others to get some help to end the harassment. Unfortunately, they are told 'it's in their genes' and 'boys will be boys'. The boys decide to take matters into their own hands and develop a plan of retribution to gain their revenge on the assailants and others who just refuse to get involved. Eerily similar to the incidents at Columbine, this story reads as a wake up call to what happens in school environments. Teachers and administrators, parents and police share responsibility and a share of the blame of the tragedy. The book also contains many statistics about guns and gun control and also resources for help or information to those seeking it. I'm so grateful that this happened only in a book. Let's make this required reading in middle and high school environments and try to abort any possibility of similar events ever happening again.

Report This Aug 11, 2012
  • KJtheEpicFailure rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I like how the book is made, with the viewpoints of several different people and the statistics on guns. More people should read this, as with all the bullying of today more people will try to bring guns in school. What Gary and Brendan did wasn't right, no, but if they hadn't been bullied they wouldn't have resorted to such actions. A powerful story with a message to end bullying.


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