• Beyond Broken Pencils

  • A School Shooting Tale of Heartbreak and Healing
  • By: Julie C. Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Curt Bonnem
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Beyond Broken Pencils

By: Julie C. Gilbert
Narrated by: Curt Bonnem
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He has a goal and a plan. If he carries through with the plan, his sister will die first. His ex will die next, and he will die last. In between, he’ll take out as many people as he can. Students. Security guards. Teachers. First responders. They are all fair game.   

Who will live, and who will die? How will those who live go on when their world is shattered by unthinkable tragedy?

©2018 Julie C. Gilbert (P)2019 Julie C. Gilbert

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Unfortunately this story is ripped from today’s headlines
A well researched and realistic telling of a high school shooting
Well narrated and an excellent learning tool highly recommended
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Blames violent video games

The author seemed to blame violent video games as one of the motivations for his school shooting. This perpetuates a lie that politicians and the uninformed believe, when no correlation exists between violent video games and acts of violence.

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WOW. Stayed up till 5 am to finish this.

Amazing. Sad. Wow. Just wow. This is so well written and narrated. I've never felt so many emotions from a book before.

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Didn’t live up to other reviews.

As a teacher I admit that the worry and fear of what if doesn’t cross my mind basically every day. I wanted to hear this book to hear how the healing took place and hoped to think and ponder what was on the mind of the troubled boy. While it did have a fast moving plot and kept my attention it left me feeling like I wasted the time. If you just want a fast paced thrill story maybe you would like this. I personally don’t want to have that reaction to a story about this kind of tragedy.

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Insight vs understanding

This book is worth the time to listen and provides good insight into the reasoning and mindset of a troubled teenage boy. The author does an excellent job of presenting him simply as what he is. A teenager who is solving his problems with a gun. He has no complicated thought processes and his end goal is juvenile and as simple as a competition. Part of trying to understand why these shootings are happening is first understanding that the shooter is a child as well. The question is not why did he do this, it is why was this the solution to the problem.

The reason I only gave the overall story 3 stars is based on the authors complete lack of understanding of an evacuation and triage system. As I read the parts pertaining to police actions I was cringing as it was clearly written as if taken from the breaking news reports. Bumbling cops, one go in alone, two wasting time playing with communications. The swat team evacuating while there was still active gunfire! EMT’s demanding to enter the building when shooting still active, expecting PD to set up, direct, and manage triage and transport of the injured???? What a backward mess! The Author needs to do a bit of research for a better understanding of how first responders work

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Wow

I picked this book because I thought would be interesting. and different. And I wasn't wrong. This book was crazy! I grew up in NJ around the time of Columbine. I think I was in like 7th grade when that happened. It was the school shooting that started all school shootings. I remember how much fear happened because of it. This book brought back a lot of memories from that time. But I did really enjoy reading/listening to this. It was very well written and it did what a good book is supposed to do. It brought a bunch of memories and feeling to the surface. The narrator was awesome also. I definitely recommend it

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Hits to your heart & soul

The narrator was very easy to listen to. I found the book to be one that hits to the very heart & soul for all those involved with such horrific actions. It’s a huge reminder of how fleeting life can be, and that the thoughts of another can truly go from just thoughts to action without anyone noticing before it’s to late.

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good

I totally enjoyed reading this book. It’s well written and the characters were fantastic. I would suggest this book to my friends that like this sort of genera. this was an excellent book

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This one blew me away.

This book was awesome. I really enjoyed the book. The book was the story of a school shooting. It was told several points of view. The only disappointment was that at the end, it seemed to stray away from the shooter and seemed to focus on one of the survivors. But overall I enjoyed the book. I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for a review.

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Realistic Depiction

A realistic case of school shooting and what occurs. How they are planned, how they occur, and they play out in the aftermath. Recommended for those who want to understand school shootings but need a more fictionalized depiction for understanding.

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