Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 18
- Grade: 7 to 12
The Breakfast Club meets We Need to Talk About Kevin.
A lockdown catches five grade 12 students by surprise and throws them together in the only unlocked room on that empty third floor wing: the boys' washroom. They sit in silence, judging each other by what they see, by the stories they've heard over the years. Stuck here with them--could anything be worse?
There's Alice: an introverted writer, trapped in the role of big sister to her older autistic brother, Noah.
Isabelle: the popular, high-achieving, student council president, whose greatest performance is her everyday life.
Hogan: an ex-football player with a troubled past and a hopeless future.
Xander: that socially awkward guy hiding behind the camera, whose candid pictures of school life, especially those of Isabelle, have brought him more trouble than answers.
Told in five unique voices through prose, poetry, text messages, journals and homework assignments, this modern-day Breakfast Club takes a twist when Isabelle gets a text that changes everything: NOT A DRILL!! Shooter in the school!
Suddenly, the bathroom doesn't seem so safe anymore. Especially when they learn that one of them knows more about the shooter than they realized...
About the author
Caroline Pignat graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Religious Studies. After working with children and youth for over fifteen years in roles such as teacher, seminar facilitator, mentor and coach, she began her writing career. Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry for children regularly appear in Highlights for Children, Guideposts for Kids, Living Faith for Kids, and Clubhouse Magazine.
- Winner, Red Maple Award
- Short-listed, Arthur Ellis Award - Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book
- Winner, John Spray Mystery Award
- Short-listed, Amy Mathers Teen Book Award
PRAISE FOR Shooter:
"Pignat has created a pitch perfect combination of multiple modes, well-tuned voices and [an] irresistible and satisfying story."--CM Magazine
"With gut-wrenching locked-room suspense, Shooter is a frightening, yet hopeful snippet of high school life in the 21st century." --The National Reading Campaign
PRAISE FOR Unspeakable:
"Mark Unspeakable as a YA title with huge crossover appeal." --Quill & Quire