This book came across my Twitter feed a while ago and I put it in my virtual cart at Chapters. Last week when I went to order another book I saw it there. I'm not sure why I waited so long to place my order (maybe waiting for free shipping?) because I am a huge fan of Caroline Pignat. Many years ago I read and reviewed Egghead and I have since used it many times in my classroom as a read aloud. I picked up Shooter yesterday and finished it in one sitting, it is as powerful as Egghead was, I've already texted a friend telling her she needs to read it to her grade 8 class this year.
Shooter deals with something many teachers and students experience often in our classrooms- the idea of lockdowns to practice just in case something happens. In Shooter, the story opens with the beginning of a lockdown. Four grade 12 students find themselves locked in the boys bathroom on the top floor. The story is then told from each of their different perspectives.
- Alice, who tries to stay hidden from sight and who is charged with looking after her autistic brother.
- Isabelle, the popular girl at school who lives a charmed and perfect life.
- Hogan, the ex-football player who walks around in a cloud of anger all the time after a family tragedy
- Xander, the nerdy boy who takes brutally honest photographs as a way to explore what is happening around him.