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 victim.

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

About 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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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."

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Lockdown 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Warnerp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very serious and intense book about a fictional school shooting. For mature readers emotionally; however, this is an ORCA book - highly engaging but easy to read academically. Perfect for struggling readers.
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.