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Author: Nijkamp, Marieke
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 9781492622468
Grades: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

This is where it ends

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10:01 – Some students are in the auditorium for an assembly. Some students are at track practice. Some students are just up to no good.
10:05 – A gunshot changes everything
Students inside the auditorium are desperate to get out, but someone has barred the exits making it impossible to flee from the shooter. They are all now sitting ducks, being picked off one by one, and only the shooter knows who’s next.
Those students who are outside the auditorium know that assembly has gone terribly wrong. They are desperate to get in, or to get help, as the students outside of the auditorium know they are the only help for their friends, teachers, and loved ones.
This story is narrated from four alternating viewpoints, none of whom are the shooter, and all of the chapters are segments of time. It all happens within the span of an hour. This is where it ends is a heart-poundingly suspenseful, full of turmoil, tragedy, and heroism. The characters are forced to confront their own bias, behaviours and actions, and are left to wonder if they are the catalyst for the shooting. It is a highly emotional read on a very difficult subject, and I would recommend it to any high school student to read.

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