Give a Boy a Gun

20th Anniversary Edition

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About The Book

“[H]aunting and harrowing.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Vivid, distressing, and all too real.” —Kirkus Reviews

In this 20th anniversary edition of Todd Strasser’s gut-wrenching and critically acclaimed Give a Boy a Gun, two boys bring guns to school in search of revenge against their classmates.

For as long as they can remember, Brendan and Gary have been mercilessly teased and harassed by the jocks who rule Middletown High. But not anymore. Stealing a small arsenal of guns from a neighbor, they take their classmates hostage at a school dance. In the panic of this desperate situation, it soon becomes clear that only one thing matters to Brendan and Gary: revenge.

This special 20th anniversary edition includes updated backmatter and statistics on school shootings—a topic that is now more relevant than ever.

About The Author

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Todd Strasser has written many critically acclaimed novels for adults, teenagers, and children, including the award-winning Can’t Get There from HereGive a Boy a GunBoot CampIf I Grow UpFamous, and How I Created My Perfect Prom Date, which became the Fox feature film Drive Me Crazy. Todd lives in a suburb of New York and speaks frequently at schools. Visit him at ToddStrasser.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 12, 2020)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534464612
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99

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