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Winner of the 2011 Florida Book Awards Gold Medal for Young Adult Literature.
Winner of the 2012 Florida Publishers Association Gold Medal in Young Adult Literature.
Andy is the janitor's son, an outcast, a nobody. Then the rumor starts-that Blake has a gun in his locker. In a moment of misguided hopefulness, Andy steals the keys from his dad and opens up Blake's locker, hoping that finding the gun will change his own status. But the gun isn't there and Andy remains an outcast. When an unlikely friendship develops between the two loners, Blake shares most of his secrets with Andy, including the gun. But there's one secret that worries Andy more than anything-the date circled on Blake's calendar. Does Blake have something planned? Something that Andy can prevent? In a fascinating look at how teens deal with the now constant threat of school violence, debut author Ryan G. Van Cleave provides a unique, emotional perspective on how it feels to be the one who can prevent a tragedy.
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published on March 1, 2011 by Walker Childrens
ISBN-10: 0802721869
ISBN-13: 9780802721860
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  • nikel0ver
    nikel0verMonday, January 7, 2019 at 4:10 pm55 stars
    After reading the synopsis underneath the book, I was immediatley interested in this book. The summary took a twist real quick. It talks about a boy named Andy and quickly there is Blake, and the rumer spreads that he has a gun in his locker. These short two sentences seemed really interesting and I just need this book automatically. Oh wow, I just finished reading the summary. And now that it left me hanging, I definetley need this book. I would be extremley glad if I happened to earn this book. Well, thanks for reading my short opinion. And I really do hope I win this book.