Just One Flick of a Fingerby Marybeth Lorbiecki, David Diaz (Illustrator)
Jack is tired of being afraid, so he takes his father's gun to school--not to use, but to scare off his tormentor, a bully named Reebo. When the gun accidentally goes off during a scuffle, events take a turn that Jack never expected. Vital truths about courage, friendship--and guns--unfold. No one is the same again. Full color.
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This is a far better way to approach gun safety with primary age children than the more didactic literature or curriculum lessons. Caldecott award winning illustrator David Diaz's presents a realistic story of two boys who are caught up in the anger of injustice and the opportunity for bullying and revenge to easily presents itself. A school shooting ensues as one friend accidentally shoots his best friend when he tries to step in and prevent violence. Excellent title for parents and teachers as conversation starter about guns in school.