Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult is about Peter Houghton, a bully victim since his first day of kindergarten. One day he goes to school with four guns and shoots everyone, since he’s had enough, killing ten people including one teacher, and wounding several others. The story takes place at several different points in Peter’s life, from when he was just born, to his first day of kindergarten, to his first day of middle school, to months after the shooting, and everything in between. It is about being nice to everyone because you never know what kind of negative effect your bullying can have on them.
—L.R. (age 14)