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Parkland | Dave Cullen
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laceyannea
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The more they learned, the more they found it was like listening to themselves—a better, wiser version of the selves they were fumbling toward. How liberating to discover Martin Luther King Jr. had already done all that work. Brilliantly. He had drawn from Gandhi, and it was amazing how well the principles stood up across time, space, and cultures.

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laceyannea
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When a gunman struck, the Parkland kids saw poetic justice in the long arc of history, recasting their school so eloquently in the image of its namesake. They had also lost a horrible battle at Parkland, with a human loss this time, but like Stoneman Douglas, they were resolved to mark Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as the final outpost in a generational war.

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laceyannea
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Parkland changed everything—for the survivors, for the nation, and definitely for me. I flew down the first weekend, but not to depict the carnage or the grief. What drew me was the group of extraordinary kids. I wanted to cover their response. There are strains of sadness woven into this story, but this is not an account of grief. These kids chose a story of hope.

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readtheworld
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This one was great on audio. Both heartbreaking and surprisingly uplifting, Parkland tells the story of the activism that rose out of the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida.

#nonfiction #audiobook #marchforourlives

stacybmartin I just finished listening to this one, too - really well-done. 1w
readtheworld @stacybmartin Glad you liked it! I listened to Cullen‘s earlier book, Columbine, a month or so ago. They‘re very different, and they really show how much the issue of gun violence and school shootings has changed in the past decade. 1w
stacybmartin @readtheworld I haven‘t read Columbine yet but it‘s definitely on my TBR! 1w
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stacybmartin
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Thankfully, this book is more about the start of the gun safety movement by the Parkland students rather than the actual school shooting. I love that their way of coping with their trauma was to go after something this country is sorely lacking and try to prevent these tragedies from happening again. One thing I really liked was that the perpetrator‘s name was never used - it was always referenced to as ‘the killer‘ or ‘the shooter‘.

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stacybmartin
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Yesterday and today‘s #labsoundtrack - I haven‘t read Columbine yet but it‘s on my TBR. I‘m taking this one slowly as it‘s emotionally heavy and I can‘t cry too much in the lab. #neveragain

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Birdsong28
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I am using this book for June's prompt for this challenge.

@SitsWithaBook

SitsWithaBook @Birdsong28 I fell behind with the May prompt. I started and abandoned both Hidden Figures and Bluebird. Bluebird. I've got Alice Feeney's I Know Who You Are for June. Suggestions for catching up with May? 2w
SitsWithaBook Thank you, friend! 2w
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Birdsong28
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I am using the tagged book for my #52booksin52weeks challenge. As this is a subject that divides opinion and many debates rage but it shouldn't have to have happened in the first place and that is why it makes me mad.

@Schnoebs

Schnoebs What an interesting topic and totally understandable as to why it would make you mad 3w
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Birdsong28
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Very good. Interesting take on a controversial subject. Lots of issues and ideas to think about. Recommend to everyone to read and see the impact of one life changing event.

@squirrelbrain

squirrelbrain 👍😁 I agree - I found it very well written and thought provoking. 3w
Birdsong28 @squirrelbrain Thanks for doing this buddy read with me. I know I have been a bit slow but you have spurred me on to keep going with it. 😘📚📖 3w
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squirrelbrain
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How are you getting on with our #buddyread @Birdsong28 ? What are your thoughts so far?

I‘m just about to start Chapter 10. You do feel that you shouldn‘t ‘enjoy‘ a book like this but it is certainly engrossing, interesting and very frustrating.

I like the author‘s writing style and I appreciate the way that, so far, he doesn‘t try to make the teenagers perfect or martyrs - they‘re definitely two-dimensional, flaws and all...

Bklover I loved his book Columbine! 3w
Birdsong28 Yes I have started this but not very far yet as I have been also reading I heart Hawaii as I have been waiting AGES to read it and it has taken over my day 😂. No it doesn't sound silly to 'enjoy' this book as you can appreciate the work that has gone into it and the care that has been taken to ensure that this story is told accurately. @squirrelbrain 3w
squirrelbrain Thanks @bklover- good to know as I was considering reading that one too.... 3w
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squirrelbrain @birdsong28 - I look forward to hearing your thoughts when you get time to read a bit more. Hope I ❤️ Hawaii is fab! 3w
Birdsong28 @squirrelbrain How are you getting on? I have managed to make it to chapter 7, hoping to read some more later after work as I finish early today. 😘📚📖 Some interesting ideas and debates within this. 3w
squirrelbrain @Birdsong28 - I finished it at the weekend but didn‘t want to comment until I knew how far you‘d got 😁 It‘s very good.... 3w
Birdsong28 @squirrelbrain Thanks for holding off. I will try to make a proper dent in it tomorrow as I am off 📚📖 3w
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Birdsong28
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Are you still ok @squirrelbrain to start this tomorrow? #buddyread

squirrelbrain Of course! I‘m looking forward to it.... 4w
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MoonWitch94
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This #7dayloan from my local library is going to be a bit longer. I didn‘t factor in my #vacay when I took it out & now I‘m hooked. This is a book EVERYONE should read. #recommendsday #parkland #everylittenstbr

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kindergartenkat
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#nonfiction2019 BINGO a book about a movement. Finished another row!

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It is inspiring to see the young people us oldies bitch about being apathetic step up and strive to change the world. I thought it was especially awesome that they really made it a priority to include other groups like the peace warriors from Chicago and to try to make their cause nonpartisan. Well done young uns!
More books for the #bookfitnesschallenge #BFC yea!

Caterina I'm so excited for this coming generation. ❤ Great job finishing another book! 1mo
Clwojick 💙🙌🏻🧡 1mo
Megabooks I loved this book, too! 1mo
dariazeoli I‘m looking forward to reading this one. Nice work with your book goals! 1mo
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PARKLAND is an evocative and enlightening narrative of the events following the shooting of 17 students and staff in Florida. Cullen has masterfully captured the thoughts, feelings and mood of the students and their activities as they unfolded... https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/blog/parkland-birth-of-a-movement

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MoonWitch94
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“....this is not an account of grief. These kids chose a story of hope.” #Parkland #NeverAgain

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MoonWitch94
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FINALLY! My local library updated itself with some quality new books 📚 For the millions of local taxpayers dollars spent on this place, they kinda forgot to invest in BOOKS. 🙄 #bookhaul #locallibrary

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squirrelbrain
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I haven‘t read this yet - @Birdsong28 and I are doing a buddy read in June if anyone wants to join us.

However I believe that this tells about how the students #cometogether to grieve, to support each other and also to launch a remarkable campaign against gun violence.

#beatlemaynia

Birdsong28 Yes the more the merrier for this book as it will be interesting to see lots of people's views 📚📖 2mo
Eggs Perfect 👌🏼 2mo
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MsLeah8417
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Amiable
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BINGO! Completed for “something about a movement” in #nonfiction2019. Subtitled “Birth of a Movement,” this pick was a no-brainer. It‘s about a group of inspirational young teens who said “enough is enough” after 17 people were gunned down at their school. They started the March for Our Lives movement, and are working to make legislative changes. I‘m amazed by their passion and determination, and am cheering them on.

@Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Clwojick Good option for “something with music“ 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa So glad you found it interesting.... I need to get to this one soon. 2mo
Amiable @Clwojick That book you suggested is fiction ... this challenge is for nonfiction. For the “music” box I‘m planning on this one: 2mo
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Clwojick whoops. didn't see that it was nonfiction only. 😊 2mo
Amiable @Clwojick Thanks for the recommendation, though! I‘ll put it in my TBR for when I‘m done with the nonfiction challenge and turn my attention back to fiction. 🙂 2mo
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Amiable
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Did you know this? I didn‘t! Will be taking my outrage to the polls. 😡

BlameJennyJane It‘s ridiculous! 🤬 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes I did! It‘s outrageous isn‘t it? They have always contented that if they where computerized it would make it easier for the government to go around and take everyone‘s guns. 🙄. It is easier to see who is wantonly stockpiling Sudafed than guns. 2mo
tracey38 Wow 🤬 2mo
Theaelizabet Ridiculous is right! 2mo
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CURRENTLY READING

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Amiable
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Got to this part of reading about the Parkland school shooting and it hit me like a brick. I‘m sitting here with tears literally running down my face. Why have we failed our kids? Why are we letting the NRA set the agenda on whether our kids live or die? WHY?? 😢

LiteraryinLititz 💔💔💔 2mo
Kaye I cannot read books about school shootings. It breaks my heart that this happens repeatedly and nothing is ever done in our country to change the laws so guns don‘t get in the wrong hands ( mentally unstable , anyone under age and irresponsible or making rash decisions on emotional issues. ) I know there are lots of responsible gun owners that follow all the rules . We need to close all the loopholes so the wrong folks can‘t get ahold of guns. (edited) 2mo
WanderingBookaneer I read this book recently. Wait until you read about arming teachers, the words of a Columbine teacher who taught the shooter will remain with me. 2mo
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JennyM Heartbreaking 💔 2mo
Amiable @Kaye I live in Connecticut, and when the school shooting happened at Sandy Hook we thought NOW things will have to change. But nothing did. So if the reality of 20 first-graders getting gunned down wasn‘t enough to make us understand that everything is horribly, horrifically wrong here, I don‘t think anything ever will. 😢 2mo
Kaye I know, it‘s just so sad 😞. Every single time this happens, I keep hoping SOMEBODY IN POWER will start to make changes. I cannot even imagine how horrible the Sandy Hook event was. I recently saw a photo of the kids who were victims of that shooting. I don‘t quite know how the politicians can look in the eyes of those kids and not DAILY try to push new rules into effect. It‘s going to take someone in power to pass strict laws. 2mo
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Birdsong28
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Thank you @squirrelbrain for the book. No need to worry that you didn't get me a 30th birthday card with the other package as it was great as it was.

We could do the buddy read of this in June if you want? I am using this for a challenge myself.

squirrelbrain That would be great - remind me in June! 👍😁 2mo
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Jas16
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This was so much more inspiring than I was anticipating. Instead of focusing on the shooting itself Cullen details the activism that came after. I am totally in awe of the Parkland students and the movement they spawned and this book made me respect them even more. I do need to go back and listen to Columbine at some point but I know that book will be even more difficult.

Stacypatrice I was wondering how this was - it was written so fast and Columbine took 10 years to write. 2mo
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squirrelbrain
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Would any of my fellow Littens like my spare copy of Parkland? Due to Amazon sending me the first copy in a too- large box it was battered to bits so I returned that one. I then somehow ended up with two replacement copies - this one has a very slightly bent front cover (which you can just see on the pic, top right)but is otherwise OK.

UK preferred - first to say yes can have it!

Birdsong28 Yes please 😘📚📖 2mo
squirrelbrain Fab! I‘ll send it to you in the next week... 😘 2mo
Birdsong28 @squirrelbrain Thank you 😘📚📖 2mo
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CoffeeK8
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This book 😢💕

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CoffeeK8
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#truth 😢

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CoffeeK8
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This book is going to be intense, I think.

MelissaSue81 It‘s actually is pretty hopeful and positive. 2mo
Amiable I bought it last week and plan to start it after we return from our vacation. Looking forward to your thoughts on it. 2mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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I know it‘s long, but please read. This is what you are asking us to do when you talk about arming teachers.

bookseller_cate Very good quote. I‘d already had this book on my list, but I need to move it up the pile. Thank you. 2mo
AmberWB Wow. This is so true. 2mo
AnneFindsJoy Wow, that‘s powerful! I really need to read this book! 2mo
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EmilyM Absolutely true. 2mo
8little_paws Oh man 2mo
MoonWitch94 Exactly! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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booksndirt
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An extremely good lesson. Drastic change is a common coping mechanism.

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booksndirt
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I can not believe the library had this. I really enjoyed his book on columbine and so far this one is great also. Only on page 37. *fair disclaimer i am the parent to a 12th & 3rd grader so this subject hits close to home.

WanderingBookaneer I am a teacher. It‘s hitting close to home for me too. Most recently the last paragraph on p. 229. 2mo
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Emilymdxn
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This was so powerful and inspiring, I needed something like this during this week of Brexit mess. I‘ve been too depressed to read for most of it but books like this make me feel some hope. Dave Cullen made this feel very personal to the individual activists, but he also knows absolutely everything about school shootings and the issues surrounding them. I‘m grateful to have read this book, and I‘m particularly grateful to have read it this week

Eggbeater Hugs ❤ for the Brexit mess, Emily. Though I'm in the U.S., I feel your pain. The world has gone mad! 3mo
Emilymdxn @eggbeater sending solidarity 💖💖💖 this too shall pass right? 3mo
DoubleI It‘s all so depressing. I keep hoping this massive wave of cruelty and madness will stop, but everything just seems to get more intense 3mo
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JenReadsAlot
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I thought this book was well done. Very impressed with these kids and what they are saying/doing. #audio

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hwestfall
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I read David Cullen's book Columbine last year and was deeply moved. My understanding is that this book, Parkland, is an account of the survivors and their decision to start the March for Our Lives movement.

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A moving and inspiring look at the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the March for Our Lives movement they started. I have never read Columbine, though I've heard is it is great; I thought it would be too sad. This one is about the response, not the crime, so it is an easier read. It does make me sad that these students have so much weight on their shoulders. #Nonfiction2019 Book About a Movement @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

MrBook Great review! 3mo
callielafleur Such an important read, especially after this last weekend. Thanks for posting this review! ❤️ 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ve got to read this one and Columbine yet. Great review! 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @callielafleur Totally agree, tough weekend and so easy to see how survivors guilt and frustration at the lack of progress here could feel overwhelming. 3mo
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ExpatsandEnglishBooks
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I set the goal to read more nonfiction this year and so far I‘m loving this book! I can‘t put it down and have learned so much from these brave kids #books #nonfiction #book13of40 #bookstagram #litsy #2019readingchallenge

DebbieGrillo Welcome to litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 3mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🎈 3mo
ExpatsandEnglishBooks Thank you guys!! ☺️ 3mo
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Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Here are direct links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! 3mo
ExpatsandEnglishBooks Awesome I‘ll be sure to check it out!! 3mo
Samplergal Welcome to Litsy. That‘s a great book. 2mo
ExpatsandEnglishBooks Thanks! And yes it was a fantastic read ☺️ 2mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 2mo
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Emilymdxn
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I planned to listen to fiction after the radium girls but I felt so horrified and fired up I needed to feed my activism so I skipped forward to this one. I‘m gonna eat my pasta and try to prepare for the next brexit announcement in an hour by being inspired by the Parkland students.

Theaelizabet I read his Columbine, which was expertly researched, though chilling. 3mo
Emilymdxn @Theaelizabet I really want to read that too! 3mo
Pricel101 Radium Girls made me so sad and angry. I agree this book is just the thing to read as a follow up. 3mo
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Samplergal
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Something about a movement
#nonfiction2019

The book was quite well written and brought that day back. It also instilled some shred of hope that someday, maybe, we won‘t have mass shootings. I live about 7 miles from the school, and present at one of the vigils. These kids make a difference every day. Please continue to work for sensible gun legislation for these kids.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I have to read this one! I read Glimmer of Hope recently too. 3mo
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MallenNC
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Reading this compelling book despite the cat sized roadblock #sixonstpatricks

BookNAround I tell Ozzie he might be a pain (pane) but that he makes a better door than a window. He just purrs louder. 3mo
AlaMich 😻 3mo
Puredragonstar Oooo he‘s a #KAL 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
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Cullen‘s fantastic Columbine covered a school shooting and its aftermath in depth. Parkland is equally good though quite different. Here we have few details of the shooting itself and instead a different story: one of activism, galvanization, and hope. He follows the actions of the activists for 10 months, giving me hope that maybe someday it really will be #neveragain.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Florida

Librarybelle Great review! 3mo
Samplergal I was in the Parkland Barnes and Noble store last night. Stacks of these plus a couple of other books by the kids themselves are on display. I want to read it but it literally was so close to home. I should buy it and read when I‘m ready. 3mo
Hooked_on_books @Samplergal For sure wait until you‘re ready, but know that overall it is a very hopeful book about what these kids have demonstrated themselves to be capable of. There are a few tough moments, of course. 3mo
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Megabooks
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Do not miss this book! Dave did a great job covering these amazing teens first year of activism, and how they are working to change the country into one without lockdown drills. These are kids that were never alive before Columbine. That just boggles my mind. These kids are amazing!! 5+⭐️

#nonfiction2019
#somethingaboutamovement

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I felt the same way reading Glimmer of Hope, I‘ll have to check this one out too. 4mo
Megabooks Oh awesome! Thanks for the recommendation! 4mo
JenReadsAlot I used my audible credit for this. 4mo
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Megabooks @JenReadsAlot I did too. It works well as an audiobook, IMO! 4mo
Amiable Good suggestion for the “movement” category—thanks! 4mo
Megabooks @Amiable You‘re welcome! I hope you like it! 4mo
Reviewsbylola Stacking! 4mo
Reviewsbylola Oh wow, and I just saw Cullen is the author. He did an amazing job with Columbine. 4mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Yes he did! He approaches the book with the same keen eye, but it is more about the March for Our Lives movement than the shooting/shooter. 4mo
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I was so moved by Dave Cullen's Parkland. As he did in Columbine, he takes on the events of a tragic school shooting. In this case, though, he focuses solely on what happens after that day, with an exploration of the March for Our Lives movement led by Parkland's survivors. The book is both sad and hopeful. I must admit that I was simultaneously looking forward to this book and absolutely dreading it: (continued in comments)

Unabridged events like this one bring about equal parts of sadness and rage for me. While certain parts hit me hard, communicating fully what this (and other) communities have lost, the activism of these students is inspiring, and it was wonderful to focus both on their success and on their path forward. This is a must read. 4mo
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Sarahandhella
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Stopped by my library for the book sale, and ended up getting some great books and audiobooks as well. I love my library!!

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erinreads
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In 2018, I read a total of SIX nonfiction books. This year so far, I‘ve already read 5. 🙌🏻 Here‘s my progress for #Nonfiction2019.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s wonderful! What a big change from last year. I hope you are enjoying the reading too. 4mo
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This hold came in yesterday from the library, just in time for the holiday and a great reason to spend another full day reading and napping on the couch with this guy. #damnfinecooper #catsoflitsy

whippoorwill815 My library hold for Columbine just came in and that is what I will be spending this holiday day reading. 4mo
Christine11 I‘m reading Columbine at the moment - it‘s tough at times but I‘m finding it so fascinating as well. I was young when it happened and I‘m British so I can‘t actually remember much about it and reading about it in such detail is disturbing 🙁 4mo
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This was really an incredible book. I had read (I think) all the other books that had been written about MSD up until now, but this gave much more detail about all the AMAZING things these children have been doing. Jackie Corin is unbelievable, I can‘t even believe she‘s real. I cannot put into words how inspired by and grateful for these students I am. Change is slow, but it is happening. I also definitely want to read his Columbine book now.

Karkar Columbine was a great book. It really shed light on some of the misconceptions that the media presented about the incident. 4mo
MelissaSue81 @Karkar - the strange thing about Columbine is that it happened when I was a senior in high school, but I don‘t remember it really registering on my radar. Not sure if it was because it was pre social media or if I was just caught up in my self-centered teenage life.. but I don‘t know/remember much about it. 4mo
Suzze Looking forward to reading this one. Columbine was amazing. 4mo
sk888888 Columbine was eye opening. I can‘t believe it took me so long to read it. 4mo
MyNamesParadise Columbine is one my favorite books I‘ve ever read! I‘m eager to read Parkland. 4mo
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MelissaSue81
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Brodie says #EnoughisEnough

WanderingBookaneer I don‘t think I am ready to read this. 4mo
MelissaSue81 @WanderingBookaneer - don‘t get me wrong, I‘ve teared up more times than I count while reading this, but it is VERY well done. I had already read several of the books the students themselves have written/published and they were very good, but this author, as an “outsider” does an excellent job of showing how remarkable the student activists are. It is more focused on the MFOL movement than the shooting itself. 4mo
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