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Author(s): Shaun David Hutchinson
In a one-of-a-kind collaboration, seventeen of the most recognizable YA writers including Shaun David Hutchinson, Neal and Brendan Shusterman, and Beth Revis come together to share the viewpoints of a group of students affected by a school shooting. It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto the school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others. But this isn t a story about the shooting itself. This isn t about recounting that one unforgettable day. This is about one boy who had friends, enjoyed reading, playing saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing bullets at his classmates. Each chapter is told from a different victim s viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he d become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties. This is a book told from multiple perspectives with one character and one event drawing them all together by some of YA s most recognizable names."
"Provocatively and effectively illustrates the multidimensionality of someone considered to be a monster." Kirkus Reviews "A fresh and thought-provoking take on a disturbing but relevant topic." School Library Journal "These stories humanize a troubled teenager, as well as the people who hurt him along the way, but the authors don't let anyone off the hook, Kirby least of all." Publishers Weekly *** "The storytelling is wonderfully intense and distinctive on such a difficult, tragic topic. Readers will be captivated, not wanting to put the book down, but also needing a break due to the extremely engaging, emotionally charged content of characters' feelings and thoughts." VOYA, starred review
Shaun David Hutchinson is the author of "The Deathday Letter," "fml," and "The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley. " Other contributing authors include Neal and Brendan Shusterman, Beth Revis, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Courtney Summers, Kendare Blake, Delilah S. Dawson, Steve Brezenoff, Tom Leveen, Hannah Moskowitz, Blythe Woolston, Trish Doller, Mindi Scott, Margie Gelbwasser, Christine Johnson, E.M. Kokie, and Elisa Nader.