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#NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Compelling story of how Parkland shooting inspired activism.

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This compelling memoir and manifesto shows how teens responded to a tragedy in their community by standing up and demanding that adults in power do something to prevent it from happening again. The usual "thoughts and prayers" from politicians was not enough for them -- they demanded action. #NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line is written in authentic, articulate teen voices, which should be particularly effective in reaching young readers. David writes that "we hope that seeing things through our eyes will give you ideas of your own. Because none of us can do this alone and we need you, basically."

David is self-deprecating and admits to sometimes being "a jerk" in middle school but also shows how finally connecting with caring teachers helped him grow up, become engaged and self-disciplined, and do well in high school. He explains that his eventual activism was grounded in all he'd learned about American history, government, politics, journalism, media, and even the gun control issue in his classes and on the debate team. Lauren shares the depths of her grief -- she lost two close friends in the shooting -- and how her commitment to working for change grew. David and Lauren's loving, supportive relationship and their warm, respectful relationship with their parents (their mom, an elementary school teacher and their dad, an FBI agent) is also an inspiring model.

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