Jordan's brother was killed two years ago in what appeared to be a random act. Now, as the family reads their impact statements in court before the suspect is sentenced, a different story emerges. Maybe this was not a random act. Maybe Jordan knows more than he is saying. What was the impact of that violent act? And who set the wheels in motion?
|Publisher:||Orca Book Publishers|
|Series:||Orca Soundings Series|
|Product dimensions:||4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Lexile:||HL660L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
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IMPACT is the story of a family facing the violent death of their oldest son. Told from the point of view of younger son Jordan, the story reveals his guilt about the death of his older brother and the impact the event has on the young man's parents. Basically, the guilty parties have been apprehended and arrested, and now it's time for the trial. Reliving the beating death of their son and brother is a horrific challenge. They want justice but they never imagined how slowly and painfully the wheels of justice would turn. Despite the identification of suspects, the gathering of evidence, the interviewing of witnesses, and preparing for trial, this family attempts to return to a normal life. Readers will sense the frustration of the characters as they listen to testimonies and hear the attorneys twist and turn statements to suit their individual clients. All the while they will observe as Jordan and his parents remember the events leading up to the tragic night Mark was clubbed, beaten, and kicked to death. James C. Dekker tells this moving account of a family's suffering that is all too frequently reported on evening news broadcasts. Using a simple, straightforward style and words spoken from the heart of the family members, Dekker paints a picture that will move even the most jaded reader. In our violent world, this story is painfully familiar and one we wouldn't wish on our worst enemy. Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"