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In this wonderfully crafted novel, a rifle, not the people who come to own it, is the main character. This story follows the rifle from its creation in 1768 to a shattering event as it roars back to life in 1994. Gary Paulsen is one of the most popular writers of young adult fiction in America today.

©1995 Gary Paulsen (P)1996 Recorded Books

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this is an amazing book

this is an amazing book. I read it first in 5th grade and it's the book that got me into firearms. its a truly great novel short but we'll written and very informative. it at the end stresses firearm safety. definitely recommend to any reader.

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Don't waste your time

Started out good but ending was surreal. Still not sure what point it made. Was willing to overlook some technical errors about historical armsmaking but then the crazy train went off the rails. Author obviously has some deep rooted hatred towards NRA members.

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Love the ending.

Read it as a child. Still holds up today. The ending I think is why I like this story so much.

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Sad Story with an ironic twist

This story follows a rifle from the time it is made until the present. It is an interesting but sad history. Bound to hold a young boy's attention.

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