Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper and The Tenth Circle, pens her most riveting book yet, with a startling and poignant story about the devastating aftermath of a small-town tragedy. Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens–until the day its complacency is shattered by an act of violence. Josie Cormier, the daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state’s best witness, but she can’t remember what happened before her very own eyes–or can she? As the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show–destroying the closest of friendships and families. Nineteen Minutes asks what it means to be different in our society, who has the right to judge someone else, and whether anyone is ever really who they seem to be.
Bullying is a serious issue in today’s world, and this book explores the many aspects of this very serious topic. It will make you stop and think. It will make you stop and wonder. It might even make YOU feel some rage, frustration, empathy, sadness, grief.
Told from the point of view of many. Where does the responsibility lie when a child has had enough and commits atrocious acts based on feelings and/or irrational thinking?
A must read!
Here’s a website that’s all about standing up to bullying.
I also found this video clip last year and showed it to my 6th grade classes. Very powerful.