Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Silent Alarm by Jennifer Banash

Silent Alarm by Jennifer Banash
Published by Putnam Juvenile on March 10, 2015

Summary: "Alys’s whole world was comprised of the history project that was due, her upcoming violin audition, being held tightly in the arms of her boyfriend, Ben, and laughing with her best friend, Delilah. At least it was—until she found herself on the wrong end of a shotgun in the school library. Her suburban high school had become one of those places you hear about on the news—a place where some disaffected youth decided to end it all and take as many of his teachers and classmates with him as he could. Except, in this story, that youth was Alys’s own brother, Luke. He killed fifteen others and himself, but spared her—though she’ll never know why.  Alys’s downward spiral begins instantly, and there seems to be no bottom." --From Goodreads

This is a book that will stay with me for a long time.  In the current climate, books about mass shootings are needed.  These events happen frequently, and kids are just as affected by those events that are across the country, not to mention the ones that happen in their own backyard.

Alys's story is different though.  Her brother is the one who walked through their school, killing 15 innocent classmates and teachers.  Silent Alarm is her story, and how she copes with the aftermath.  I would recommend this book to any and all students.  

Disclosure: I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.

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