Writers Speak Out on School Shootings

House Democrats staged a sit-in on the chamber floor on Wednesday to demand that the Republican majority hold a vote on a gun-control measure before the long Independence Day recess. #NoBillNoBreak is the latest in an increasingly contentious public dialogue about gun violence in America. For nearly two decades, some of our strongest writers have been exploring the ways in which school shootings have shaped a generation of children and what it means for them to feel safe. Here are some of them.

AfterAfter, by Francine Prose

Columbine, by Dave Cullen

Finding Jake, by Bryan Reardon

Give a Boy a Gun, by Todd Strasser

Hate List, by Jennifer Brown

The Hour I First Believedhour i first believed, by Wally Lamb

Newton: An American Tragedy, by Matthew Lysiak

Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult

Shooter, by Walter Dean Myers

We Need to Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver



About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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