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To read an excerpt from a chapter from Gunstories- look at the Spring issue of Teacher Magazine/   

Praise for GUNSTORIES...

"Exceptional…The book is more than a resource, it’s also a page–turning read in its own right."
--Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"Excellent for classroom discussion as teens seek to extract fact from opinion…Buy more than one copy; you’ll need backup."


"For students involved in the debate about guns in our culture as well as for those with a general interest…"

School Library Journal

"A thoughtful and worthy effort that takes both issue and readership seriously."

Kirkus Reviews

"Atkin presents a balanced view of the pros and cons and allows readers to come to their own conclusions."

Publishers Weekly

"Atkin's often artful photographs personalize the tragedies of those who have suffered and reveal something of the hopes of teens to whom guns are seen as tools for good." 
The Californian

Reader reviews from FirstLook...

Gunstories by Beth Atkin is a book that should be mandatory reading for ALL students and discussed with parents, teachers, and friends. Young people discuss guns in a positive light and a negative light. As with any subject, it is only with EDUCATION and knowledge that a change can be made. I definitely recommend this book and hope that it can be a fixture in ALL elementary, middle, and high schools. (P.s. If you are a school librarian, ORDER a copy!!)

— Shelley (Henderson, NV)

A fascinating look at a difficult topic! Many viewpoints are presented, the book is fair and balanced. But the stories of gun violence just naturally have more impact than those of kids who enjoy range shooting. The dichotomy between rural and urban viewpoints is striking. The wonderful photography really adds to the text. Recommended.

— Diane (Cedar Rapids, IA)

Despite the fact that I'm not really in support of guns, it is nice to read a book on such a controversial topic that does not carry a political agenda. It's not your typical Pro/Con book either. It gives actual perspectives from real life people...teen people who just want to tell it like it is.

— Amy (Fort Worth, TX)

Teachers Magazine/Ed Review and Excerpt

Articles and Awards:

Contra Costa Times


New York Library Association

The Bulletin

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