Cameron: "Deep inside, you know that whoever gets up in your face gets there because he knows you're nothing, and he knows that you know it too." Carla: "What I'm trying to do is to get by-not even get over, just get by." Leonard: "I have bought a gaw-juss weapon. It lies beneath my bed like a secret lover, quiet, powerful, waiting to work its magic." Statement of Fact: 17-year-old white male found dead in the aftermath of a shooting incident at Madison High School in Harrison County. Conclusion: Death by self-inflicted wound. Performed by Chad Coleman, Bernie McInerney, and Michelle Santopietro
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by Walter Dean Myers
"The powerful story of three teens caught in a web of violence springs to life in an audio format with multiple readers Chad Coleman, Bernie McInerney, and Michelle Santopietro. Compelling audio-taped interviews by the criminal and psychological investigators of The Harrison County School Safety Com-mittee introduce the listener to students Cameron and Carla. Their friend, Len, has turned his illegal weapon against a bullying classmate and then on himself. Cameron, though earnest and relaxed in his responses, is emotionally guarded; Carla's husky tough-girl voice reflects her lower social class and nails her damaged psyche. Even Len, whom we hear from the grave through diary entries, is fully realized as an insolent, angry, rap-talking teen, suffering from deep feelings of hurt and betrayal. This evocative school shooting drama will serve as an indictment of criminal investigations, society, and the media. T.B. 2005 YALSA Selection (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"
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