• Title: Twelve Shots: Outstanding Short Stories about Guns
  • Author: Harry Mazer
  • Released: 1998-08-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 0
  • ISBN: 0613089677
  • ISBN13: 978-0613089678
  • ASIN: 0613089677
From School Library Journal Grade 8 Up. This collection of 12 original short stories, all by different authors, range from the humorous to the tragic, and each has a theme involving youth and guns. The contributors include Chris Lynch, Harry Mazer, Richard Peck, Walter Dean Myers, and Rita Williams-Garcia. Brief information about the authors and their previous titles follows each story. As in most works of this nature, some of the stories are better than others, but taken as a whole, the book makes for entertaining and thought-provoking reading. While guns are definitely not glamorized, neither are they outwardly condemned. Mazer's introduction points out the increasing presence of guns in society and their ready availability to young people. An appendix entitled "Kids and Guns: The Statistics" presents some chilling facts such as, "More people between the ages of 15 and 24 are killed with guns than by all natural causes combined." Vital information on three organizations involved in the issue of handguns as they impact the lives of young people is also appended. Twelve Shots's quality selections about a growing social concern make it a book worthy of consideration by all libraries.?Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Gr. 9^-12. Deeply disturbed by young people's ready access to guns, Mazer invited YA authors to write a story about guns and teens: "not the politics of guns, not the heated arguments or the polemics, but the way guns are present in people's lives." The result is a varied, involving collection with stories by familiar writers such as Walter Dean Meyers, Chris Lynch, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Richard Peck. Settings range from urban to rural, past to present. Some stories are serious and subtly antigun, others are hilarious. What the stories have in common is their depiction of the impact these powerful weapons have on the main characters--on their actions as well as their psyches. The authors have drawn from their own experiences, and not a single one has neglected to illustrate the awesome, terrifying respect that a gun commands. Each story is followed by a brief summation of the author's body of work and insight into what inspired the story. Some staggering statistics about kids and guns in the U.S. and addresses of several antigun organizations conclude. This will be a valuable addition to YA collections: it's not only timely and thought provoking but also an excellent springboard for discussion. Helen Rosenberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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