Tuesday, June 18, 2019

We Say #NeverAgain by Falkowski and Garner - ADVISABLE

We Say #NeverAgain by Melissa Falkowski and Eric Garner, 246 pages. NON-FICTION. Crown Books (Random House Children’s Books), 2018. $17.99

Language: PG (5 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG



The teachers and students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School went through a life-altering experience on Valentine’s Day 2018: a school shooting in which nearly 50 people were injured or killed. In the articles written by the Parkland student journalists, they offer their perspectives on reporting what happened, the surprising backlash they received, and how things must change for the future.

In fifty articles, these students talk about the tragedy, the blessings, and the confusion that overlays everything since the day of the shooting. When I was reading the first article, which is a first-hand account of the day’s events, I cried. In my mind, I know that these events are real, but this is the first time a shooting has felt real to me. The most powerful articles to read were when the journalist students reported what they and their classmates did during the school shooting.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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