Run, Hide, Fight Back

256p. Holt. Aug. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781627795890. POP
Gr 7 Up—The author brings to life modern-day teen concerns in this suspense-filled depiction of an active shooter situation. Through the perspectives of six main characters, the story touches on current issues for teens, including religion, drug use, immigration, cancer, guns, and families. Miranda, the main character, kicks off the story, shoplifting as the shooting at a Portland shopping mall begins. As the narrative evolves, so do the characters, and their relationships to one another. They set aside their differences as their common goal of survival brings them together. Well-done character development, even pacing, and the gripping premise will keep teens turning pages.
VERDICT Purchase multiple copies of this timely thriller.

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