Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

Morgenroth, Kate.
New York : Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2007
ISBN 1416914382
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It started out as just a typical afternoon as Justin and his brother Mark are home alone after school.  Their mom has locked down the television set in the living room so they can't spend their time just watching tv.  But Mark has an idea.  He breaks into his parents room and the two boys turn on the tv and settle in.  As the two wrestle for control for the remote control, things get out of hand.  And Mark accidently shoots himself with the gun he finds in the nightstand.  Now, a year later, Justin is trying to cope with the loss of his brother and the loss of everything that used to define his life.  His parents are distant, the kids at school don't know how to act around him, and his girlfriend has dropped him.  But this day will be different.  Justin will relive this day over and over.  Just what is going on here?  And what about the voice that Justin keeps hearing?
SUBJECTS:     Death -- Fiction.
                        Post-traumatic stress disorder -- Fiction.

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