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This #1 New York Times Bestseller chronicles the 54 harrowing minutes of a school shooting and follows four students who must confront their greatest hopes, and darkest fears, as they come face-to-face with the boy with the gun. 10:00 a. m. The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve. 10:02 a. m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class. 10:03The auditorium doors won't open. 10:05Someone starts shooting. A Buzzfeed Best YA BookA Bustle. com Most-Anticipated YA NovelA Goodreads YA Best Books PickA Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for Young Adult Fiction Kids Indie Next List Pick"Marieke Nijkamp's brutal, powerful fictional account of a school shooting is important in its timeliness. " --Bustle. com"A gritty, emotional, and suspenseful read and although fictionalized, it reflects on a problematic and harrowing issue across the nation. " --Buzzfeed"A compelling, brutal story of an unfortunately all-too familiar situation: a school shooting. Nijkamp portrays the events thoughtfully, recounting fifty-four intense minutes of bravery, love, and loss. " --BookRiot

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