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  Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser

Review by: Richard T.
South Carolina, Grade 10

Strasser gives us a vivid and shocking detail into the lives of two teenagers, Brendan Lawlor and Gary Searle, who have been outcasted by their peers at Middleton High. At Middleton High, football players are give all the privileges in the world, which means they also, get away with taunting and brutally bullying the outcasted kids. Strasser lets you see into the mind of the unstable teens through the voices of their peers, their parents, their teachers, even their own personal disturbing writings.

I really enjoyed this book; I felt Strasser did an excellent job of putting you in the shoes of Brendan and Gary, as well as their peers who witnessed first hand what happened. This novel opened my eyes to the violence of teenagers today; it really is an excellent read. Strasserís novel is a chilling and provactive tale for anyone who may wonder how the mind of a shooter works, and how Columbine could have happened.

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