Lockdown

Lockdown

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by Diane Tullson
     
 

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Some days it’s just easier not to go to school at all. Adam has been slacking off lately, but today he stuck around to see his girlfriend. When Josh, who has been bullied mercilessly, brings a gun to school, the building is locked down and Adam is forced to risk everything to save himself and to find Zoe before Josh does. Adam could end up a hero—or a…  See more details below

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Some days it’s just easier not to go to school at all. Adam has been slacking off lately, but today he stuck around to see his girlfriend. When Josh, who has been bullied mercilessly, brings a gun to school, the building is locked down and Adam is forced to risk everything to save himself and to find Zoe before Josh does. Adam could end up a hero—or a victim.

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Children's Literature - Jacob Kehl
Adam, a teenager, attends what he thinks is just going to be another day of school. Along with the other students and faculty, Adam soon realizes this is no normal day when the school is put on lockdown because of an armed intruder. Adam and three classmates find themselves in trouble when they cannot get into any classroom and must hide elsewhere. The terrified students soon discover that Josh, a ridiculed classmate, is the gunman. When Adam learns this, he begins to feel sorry for Josh and partly blames himself for not befriending him. Adam goes on a quest to stop Josh not only from hurting or killing other students but also from killing himself. This book describes an event that unfortunately has occurred in many schools recently. Because Adam narrates this story, readers can vicariously experience the fear and regret that Adam feels. The book describes a situation in which a student is bullied and humiliated to the point where he resorts to violent actions against his teachers and fellow students. Young students can learn a great deal about what their words and actions can do to sensitive fellow students. Reviewer: Jacob Kehl
Jacob Stratman
As a former public school educator who has lived through bomb and shooting threats, I was not, at first excited about reading a book about an ostracized boy named Josh who, after experiencing yet another humiliating and defeating incident in a classroom, takes matters into his own hands. However, Tullson creates much depth and complexity in Josh's character, so, while readers will wince at his actions, they should also wince at how fellow students treat him. Readers are also introduced to Adam, a slacker with a heart; his romantic interest, Zoe; and the tennis-shoe wearing, young principal, Mr. Connor. They, along with other intriguing minor characters, find themselves in the middle of a lockdown—trapped in their own school without a clue as to who is shooting and why. Not only will the ending create much discussion, reluctant readers will also appreciate the book size, pacing, and colorful characters. Reviewer: Jacob Stratman
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"Diane Tullson is a wonderful up and coming author."
Booklist
"The language will suit less skillful readers, who will find this story of teen-related current issue quite accessible."
CM Magazine
"The title and cover alone are sure to catch the eye of many teens looking for an accessible and interesting story. Recommended."
TeensReadToo.com
"A worthwhile read."
The Horn Book Guide
"This story of a school in crisis is an intense, suspenseful read."
CBC Radio One - All Points West
"High tension drama... grabs you by the throat at page one and it's an adrenaline rush all throughout the book...the type of book that could stimulate some really good discussions in a high school classroom or at home."
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554696628
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Series:
Orca Soundings Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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It's like the entire school floods into the stairwell. People pound down the stairs toward us. Their voices clamor, frightened voices. They push and shove toward the blocked exit door, trying to escape the school.

Like fish in a bucket, that's what we are. My mouth goes dry. A locked stairwell seems like a good place to kill a lot of people at one time. I grab Zoe's hand.

"Come on. We have to go back up."

Meet the Author

Diane Tullson grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and has studied English literature, journalism and editing. Before becoming an author, Diane worked in newspaper, radio and travel. She is a member of the Canadian Children's Book Centre, the Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable, Children's Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia and the Writers Union of Canada. Her books have earned her a Stellar Award and an Arthur Ellis Award nomination. Diane lives with her family in Delta, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.dianetullson.com.

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Lockdown 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
"Ms. Topett turns to the class. Her voice shakes. 'Sometimes this happens in nature. Sometimes, if conditions are harsh, like there isn't enough food.'"

Students in the science class are still groaning as they react to the hamster eating her own young. But Josh knows it wasn't just nature, it was the cruel behavior of his fellow classmates.

Josh is not like everyone else. He dresses differently. He doesn't interact well with others. He stutters and is often the butt of cruel jokes. Maybe that's why he runs from the classroom that morning and makes the decisions that lead to tragedy.

Adam tells the story of what happened that day. He believes he knows the real Josh, and unlike his classmates, he tries to make a difference. When it becomes obvious that Josh is the gunman terrorizing the school, Adam chooses a path of positive action to avoid disaster.

LOCKDOWN focuses on an all-too-common situation in today's schools. School shootings are often the result of bullying and teasing. Josh is pushed beyond his limits and decides violence is the answer. This short novel (103 pages) highlights this problem in current society. Although the plot is simple, readers are taken into a frightening situation in enough depth to make it a worthwhile read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book I would recommend this book beause it had a very good ending to this book the characters stuck togeter and they got ouy of the school when everyone was chasing them. But the only person that didnt do good but they still nade it out was Mr.Connor he just was bleeding and he had to go to the hospital. I really dont want to give it away so Iwont tell you what happens. I would recommend this book for people of all age well if you can read you can read this.