Thursday, January 3, 2013

This is NOT a Drill by Beck McDowell

High schoolers Emery and Jake have volunteered to teach French to a class of first graders.  While tutoring one morning the parent of one of their students comes into the classroom demanding that his son be released to him.  The situation becomes even more frightening when the armed man shoots the school security guard at the classroom door.  The story is told in alternating chapters where Emery and Jake reveal what is happening as well as their previous relationship.  Gradually the reader learns that the parent is a veteran suffering from PTSD however this information is not used to excuse his behavior, just to offer a more well-rounded picture of the situation.  Unfortunately, a timely book.