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Adoff, Jamie.  
New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2004
ISBN 0525471758
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This is an excellent story for students to engage in reading around the topic of violence in schools. This book illustrates the experiences of high school students that sometime go unnoticed by adults (e.g. isolation and rejection by peers). Further, this fictional work offers a glimpse of suburban youth cast in a light of vulnerability and disconnection under the watchful eyes of adults. This text simultaneously includes similar issues related to school shootings across the nation and would be a great text to springboard discussions related to those problems.  (Prepared by: Tiffany A. Flowers for SCASL Young Adult Awards, 2008)
SUBJECTS:     Teenagers -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Emotional problems -- Fiction.

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