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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 128
Themes: School violence, friendship, responsibility
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/04/2008
Lexile Level: HL550L
Fry Reading Level: 2.9
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Some days it's just easier not to go to school at all. Adam has been slacking off lately, but today he stuck around to see his girlfriend. When Josh, who has been bullied mercilessly, brings a gun to school, the building is locked down and Adam is forced to risk everything to save himself and to find Zoe before Josh does. Calling on reserves he didn't know he had, Adam could end up a hero—or a victim.

CBC Radio One - All Points West - March 1, 2009
"High tension drama... grabs you by the throat at page one and it's an adrenaline rush all throughout the book...the type of book that could stimulate some really good discussions in a high school classroom or at home."
The Horn Book Guide - October 1, 2008
"This story of a school in crisis is an intense, suspenseful read."
TeensReadToo.com - August 1, 2008
"A worthwhile read."
Booklist - February 15, 2008
"The language will suit less skillful readers, who will find this story of teen-related current issue quite accessible."
Resource Links - February 1, 2008
"Diane Tullson is a wonderful up and coming author."
CM Magazine - January 25, 2008
"The title and cover alone are sure to catch the eye of many teens looking for an accessible and interesting story. Recommended."

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Stellar Award nominee  | 2010 | Short-listed

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