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Lockdown (Orca Soundings) by Diane Tullson
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Lockdown (Orca Soundings) (edition 2008)

by Diane Tullson

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When a gunman is seen at the school, two students try to make it out alive.
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Title:Lockdown (Orca Soundings)
Authors:Diane Tullson
Info:Orca Book Publishers (2008), Paperback, 103 pages
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Rating:****
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Very serious and intense book about a fictional school shooting. For mature readers emotionally; however, this is an ORCA book - highly engaging but easy to read academically. Perfect for struggling readers. ( )
  Warnerp | Aug 1, 2010 |
Although this short novel uses easy to read vocabulary, I felt that the anti-bullying message and its resulting lesson was a strong one. Tullson did a fantastic job of creating real characters, and I recognized how Adam could have been a student in any one of my classes. Sadly, Josh's story is all too familiar, too.
  ydenomy | Jul 11, 2010 |
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

"Ms. Topett turns to the class. Her voice shakes. 'Sometimes this happens in nature. Sometimes, if conditions are harsh, like there isn't enough food.'"

Students in the science class are still groaning as they react to the hamster eating her own young. But Josh knows it wasn't just nature, it was the cruel behavior of his fellow classmates.

Josh is not like everyone else. He dresses differently. He doesn't interact well with others. He stutters and is often the butt of cruel jokes. Maybe that's why he runs from the classroom that morning and makes the decisions that lead to tragedy.

Adam tells the story of what happened that day. He believes he knows the real Josh, and unlike his classmates, he tries to make a difference. When it becomes obvious that Josh is the gunman terrorizing the school, Adam chooses a path of positive action to avoid disaster.

LOCKDOWN focuses on an all-too-common situation in today's schools. School shootings are often the result of bullying and teasing. Josh is pushed beyond his limits and decides violence is the answer. This short novel (103 pages) highlights this problem in current society. Although the plot is simple, readers are taken into a frightening situation in enough depth to make it a worthwhile read. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 12, 2009 |
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Orca Book Publishers

2 editions of this book were published by Orca Book Publishers.

Editions: 1551439182, 1551439166

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