This is Where it Ends


Author: Marieke Nijkamp

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Over the course of 54 harrowing minutes, the students at Opportunity High struggle to survive-and to understand why one boy started shooting

10:00 am: The principal of Opportunity High School in Alabama finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
10:02 am: The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
10:03 am: The auditorium doors won't open.
10:05 am: Someone starts shooting.

This explosive, emotional, page-turning debut about a high school held hostage is told from the perspective of four teens—each with their own reason to fear the boy with the gun.