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Shooter by Walter Dean Myers

Shooter (2004)

by Walter Dean Myers

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A series of transcribed interviews with teens Cameron Porter and Carla Evans by police authorities, and Leonard Gray's diary entries attempt to analyze the events leading to Leonard's shooting spree and suicide at their high school. Leaves the reader more to think about than to answer any questions of why? Some of the slang seemed awkward--"pull your beard and feel your pain"????
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I didn't like the book "Shooter" by Walter Dean Myers. The reason being because the way that they made it into a conversation didn't interest me. They have a kid and a man to ask questions, and they go back and forth asking and answering questions. The background of this book is that there was a seventeen year old kid named Leonardo that started a school shooting. Two other kids named Cameron and Carla were interviewed and asked a lot of questions because they were working with Leonardo. Some of the questions were about them, and some about Leonardo. The reason these two kids are being asked so many questions is because Leonardo had a bad childhood and started a school shooting and then in the end, killed himself. I only rated this book 1 star because it didn't interest me enough to finish the book. I would only recommend this book if you liked Walter Dean Myers other books like "Monster". ( )
  br14joma | Oct 25, 2013 |
The story is about a realistic fiction school shooting caused by 17 year old named Leonardo. Two others were thought of working with him, 17 year old Cameron and 17 year old Carla. From interviews and Leonardo’s diary, it is shown that Leonardo has been bullied a lot, hes been in a lot of trouble. Leonardo’s diary also shows that his father beats his mother, showing that he does not have a good childhood. From all of this, Leonardo started a school shooting and killed himself.

One of the best books I have ever read. A very powerful story that could sadly, actually happen. The book seems so real, I actually feel bad for Leonardo’s life. It was pretty messed up! Recommend this book to any teenage or over, and as this is another Walter Dean Myers book, 5 out of 5 stars! ( )
  br13brsi | Apr 11, 2013 |
the book shooter is an okay book. there is unexpecting ending to it. i feel what happening in the book wasnt planed right and things went wrong from the start. ( )
  ahmadparker | Feb 14, 2013 |
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Madison High School Incident Analysis Report I - Interview with Cameron Porter Submitted by Dr. Richard Ewings, Senior County Psychologist
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Cameron, Carla, and Len were fascinated (for different reasons) with guns and target shooting at the Patriots' club range until the day Len brought his Kalashnikov rifle, his AR-18, and his Ruger pistol to school, and shot and killed football jock Brad Williams, and then himself. Here is yet another school shooting story that begins with bullying and ends with disaster--a type that is becoming almost a sub-genre of YA fiction. Yet Walter Dean Myers, winner of many awards for his young adult novels, brings freshness and new anguish to this familiar tale (and growing social problem) of unstable victim tormented by bullies to homicidal rage. Following the example of his own masterwork Monster, Myers uses different perspectives in the aftermath of the "incident" to reveal the characters and to tell the story: interviews with Cameron and Carla by The Harrison County School Safety Committee, newspaper reports, a police report, Len's handwritten "die-ary" of his deranged thoughts, and finally, a grim medical examiner's report. The contrasts and contradictions in these various perspectives challenge readers to produce their own versions of why Cameron and Carla became Len's followers and what could have prevented this tragedy and others like it in real life. (ages 12 and up) --Patty Campbell

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Written in the form of interviews, reports, and journal entries, the story of three troubled teenagers ends in a tragic school shooting.

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