This is Where it Ends, a novel by Marieke Nijkamp, (published by Sourcebooks Fire) tells the harrowing story of an Alabama high school student armed with a gun who takes his schoolmates hostage in a locked auditorium. He spends 54 minutes killing some, while sparing others. The story is told from the perspectives of four teens, each of whom has had a tense relationship with the gunman.
The book's subject matters of violence, abuse, death, bullying, and prejudice may be too intense for some readers, but it is a reminder that every moment counts when it comes to living your best life, being your best self, and treating others with love, compassion, and kindness.
The book's publisher is encouraging teens to MAKE THIS SUMMER COUNT by creating as many positive moments as possible in 54 days (June 15 to August 7). Share your progress on social media #thisiswhereitends and #everymomentcounts, and you may be randomly chosen to win some swag -- gift cards, posters, book bundles -- from Sourcebooks.
Want to read the book? Check the library's catalog for availability.
Here are some ideas to make every moment count:
* Smile at every person you see today.
* Read a book that you wouldn't normally pick up.
* Text an encouraging message to a friend or relative who is going through a tough time.
* Go outside and enjoy nature.
* Create a handmade card or note for someone from an older generation (grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, or next door neighbor).
* Offer to do an extra chore around the house.
Just read an amazing story about Hunter Gandee, a 16 year-old boy who is walking 111 miles from his home in Temperence, Michigan, to the Capitol building in Lansing, while carrying his 70-pound brother on his back! Why is he doing that? To raise awareness about cerebral palsy. Hunter's brother, Braden, has cerebral palsy and can't walk without assistance. The brothers call their walk the "Cerebral Palsy Swagger," and they're challenging others to take steps toward inclusion.
Hunter and Braden's journey is incredible, but not something that everyone can do. What can YOU do to take steps toward inclusion, or raise awareness? Can you invite someone who's alone to have lunch with you and your friends? Can you hold the door open for someone using a walker? Can you stand up for a classmate who's being bullied because they're different?
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