Pignat, C. (2016). Shooter. Toronto, ON: Razorbill Canada.

Ages: 15+

Summary: Five grade 12 students are trapped together in a bathroom during a school lock-down. They start out judging each other by rumors and gossip, but as they learn more about each other, they start to understand and accept each other. Then they learn that the lock-down isn’t a drill, and they may know more about the shooter than they originally thought.

Relation: This book is reminiscent of The Breakfast Club.

Appeal: This is a appealing to older teens who want to read a book that delves into breaking down stereotypes with overarching intense action. The writing was excellent, the characters are very believable, and the reader ends up empathizing with much of what the characters go through.

LimitationThis book is told through the perspective of multiple students, and as fantastic as it is, I think it would benefit from one missing perspective: the shooter.

Rating: *****


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