Silent Alarm by Jennifer Banash
Available in Print.
The gun was pointed right in her face. Just minutes before, someone had come into the school library yelling about the shooter. Alys heard shots fired and found herself facing the gunman, her brother Luke. The gun shots, the screams, the blood – a horrible nightmare and she was right in the middle of it.
In her life before the shooting, Alys had her best friend Delilah and her boyfriend Ben. She had time for little else, practicing her violin for an important audition at the end of the school year – the one she’d been preparing for her whole life. Her parents had sacrificed so much to get her to this point.
In her life after, Alys has lost everything. Her family is blamed for her brother’s actions. Her parents are breaking apart. And Alys can’t even pick up her violin. The only person who will speak to her is her brother’s best friend, Riley and he is as confused as anyone about Luke’s actions.
Alys cannot reconcile the brother of her childhood and the one who killed people. She is haunted by him; seeing him and talking to him. Is it real? It doesn’t matter since the tragedy will never make sense. Luke will never be able to explain why he killed so many people including ones he knew his whole life, like Ben’s younger sister.
Luke spared Alys’s life, but she is a victim, too. He killed the life she had before and maybe the one she was going to have. This story gives us just a glimpse into an all too common event in our society.
~Review by Will Smither, Indy PL Librarian and Teen Services Committee. You Know You Wanna Read It Blog.