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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,916 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Todd Strasser Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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A heartbreaking novel that offers no easy answers, Give a Boy a Gun addresses the growing problem of school violence. Although it is a work of fiction, it could tragically be the leading nightly news story in any community.

After a high school shooting at her alma mater, a college journalism student returns home to interview students, teachers, parents, and friends of the suspects. Intermingled with her interviews are journal entries written by the two troubled boys responsible for the shooting. Their journals chronicle years of systematic abuse at the hands of their classmates and follow the boys' frustration and pain as they turn to rage.

Give a Boy a Gun explores every angle and raises tough questions about peer bullying, gun control and accountability. A full cast of narrators' voices add a dramatic reality to this provocative work. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danny Ross | 2/13/2014

    " This book really opened my eyes to bullying and what it can drive kids to do. This book is presented in an extraordinary way and really haunted me. It was amazing and powerful and at some times I had to remind myself it was fiction but then I realized that events like this actually happen. This book not only showed the significance of banning dangerous killing weapons but shows how oblivious administrators are to bullying. I recommend this book to every single person in the world and I believe it will change every person in some way. Even if you think it is to dark or not your type I encourage you to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany Blews | 12/31/2013

    " I had to read this for one of my teaching classes and it really got to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haworth Library | 12/25/2013

    " I read this book in a couple hours. Very moving story about high school violence. The author does a great job of creating believable raw emotions. Also, the author puts true facts in the footnotes of almost every page. It becomes a frightening tale not because of the two main characters plot to kill those who do them harm, but of what little is done by teachers and administration to help the two suffering students. The story is told in an interview type style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ckrippner | 12/12/2013

    " Although this may not be the "best written" book, I think every Middle Schooler, High Schooler, teacher, parent, and concerned adult should read it! This is not an easy book to read. It is very short, unusually written (in flashbacks using parts of letters, texts, and interviws) and it pertains to topics REAL in the lives of teens and teachers every day. This is a book that demands discussion and hopefully, change in behavior of all who read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cole | 12/12/2013

    " This book was a very great and informative book. I learned many interesting facts about guns, suicide, and topics related to shootings. It was also a very touching story about kids that got tormented their whole life. What I loved about this book was that incorporated a story and a lot of facts. I would recommend this book to anyone who thinks they can handle it because it is very tough to read at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 12/6/2013

    " I read that will make you never want to hold gun even a nerf... it was amazing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnathan | 11/29/2013

    " One of my favorite books!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caity | 11/20/2013

    " it was.. okay.. i found myself routeing for the Gary and Brendan... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloria | 10/2/2013

    " I read this book in one seating, actually one walking because I was on the treadmill. It is a devastating plot, but one we cannot look away from. High school students would definitely give this book a 5 star rating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa FM | 9/30/2013

    " This was an insightful book that made us see exactly what it is that drives some students to start violence at school. I'd say it would be best to have every student read this book in order to be more aware of the Domino/Butterfly Effect students' actions have on a person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MON!CA JEAN! | 9/10/2013

    " I can't really say much except that this book was amazing. I mean it really helps you see that tauanting a young teen can lead to a horrible ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige Wise | 8/20/2013

    " i thought that this book was really sad. this boys are made fun of by a lot of people there high school lives so they snap. And they snap hard tnot only do they want to throw away away their lives but the lives of the other kids that made their lives a living hell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy Clemens | 1/28/2013

    " An interesting but disturbing look at why school shootings happen. Made me paranoid, with not a lot of hope in our society. But there is a lot to learn, as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 12/26/2012

    " this book was kind of sad but okey i recommend it "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kirwan | 9/23/2012

    " Not an enjoyable read--I had the feeling of dread in my stomach the entire time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 8/27/2012

    " A very well-written (and well-rounded) account of a fictional school shooting. It has a few unexpected twists, and I think the author did a good job seeing into the minds of a community upset by violence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/31/2011

    " Probably very timely when it came out. I didn't love it. Did enjoy the audio version and the character voices. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 4/19/2011

    " Not my kind of book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edgar | 4/18/2011

    " i think this book was awesome. it was the best book i have ever read in my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esteban | 4/18/2011

    " I realy like the book i think its funny when they say bad words or when they plan there plan to kill students. I think everybody should read is "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arnulfo | 4/12/2011

    " This book is about two teenage boys that struggle in high school wit kids always making fun of them and bullying them. then they get a hold of a gun and keep the school hostage at the prom.
    this book is very interesting.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liliana | 4/11/2011

    " This book is really good. I recommend it to every one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Omar | 4/6/2011

    " GREAT BOOK!! people need to know the effects of Gun in Youth and the world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Moriah | 3/6/2011

    " I expected a little more in depth of the two criminals. I wanted to know more about what they were feeling rather than what everyone else thought they were or just saw how they acted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 713james | 3/2/2011

    " this book has some pretty harsh things in it. it has lots of conflict and is about bullying. its about jocks picking on 2 kids for years. physically and verbally. which cause both of them to go on a shooting rampage in their school in search of revenge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 2/24/2011

    " I am on the edge about this book. I liked it, but it was a little confuzing yet unique. I liked it, but I would not read it again. Maybe once more... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandy | 2/23/2011

    " Didn't really hold me. Characters all sound pretty much the same. Footnotes are out of date (hardly the book's fault; I'm sure they were current on publication 12 years ago). I can see some teens being really grabbed by this, but it's not what I'm looking for right now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige | 2/16/2011

    " Looking to share this book with my students as a book choice after we read THE CHOCOLATE WAR. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shea | 2/5/2011

    " The only good part of this book was the statistical information given on guns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cece | 1/29/2011

    " It been a year and some and I still haven't gave the library back the book.
    This book makes you rethink about how you approach someone and bulling. Also about
    the reaction. This book will teach you a lesson "

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About the Author
Author Todd StrasserTodd Strasser is the internationally bestselling author of numerous books for children and teens, most notably the classics The Wave and Give a Boy a Gun, which are taught in classrooms around the world. While many of his novels are based on or inspired by events in his own life, Fallout — his 100th original novel — is an especially personal story. “We were indeed the only ones in the neighborhood with a bomb shelter,” he says. “This novel can be read as a memoir, both of what happened during that time and of what I feared would happen.” Todd Strasser lives in New York.