These stories and poems, by students and a few teachers, are poignant, hopeful, resolute, and thought-provoking. To read their words, their stories, connects us to them in a way that the news media cannot. Inspire the teen you love with these healing words from Parkland, Florida, Valentine’s Day, 2018. Perfect for teens who are interested in psychology, training therapy dogs, politics, and journalism.
Featuring art and writing from the students of the Parkland tragedy, this is a raw look at the events of February 14, and a poignant representation of grief, healing, and hope.
The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School share their emotional journeys that began on February 14, 2018, and continue today. This revealing and unfiltered look at teens living in the wake of tragedy is a poignant representation of grief, anger, determination, healing, and hope.
The intimate collection includes poetry, eyewitness accounts, letters, speeches, journal entries, drawings, and photographs from the events of February 14 and its aftermath. Full of heartbreaking loss, a rally cry for change, and hope for a safe future, these artistic pieces will inspire readers to reflect on their own lives and the importance of valuing and protecting the ones you love.
About the Author
SARAH LERNER is an English teacher, Journalism teacher, and yearbook adviser at MSD in Parkland, Florida. She began teaching in 2002 and was named the Sun-Sentinel High School Journalism Teacher of the Year in 2014. Sarah lives in Florida with her husband and two children.
"A valuable primary source document that will be of interest to students and activists today and historians tomorrow." —Kirkus
"Poignant and hard-hitting." —PW
"This is an intense, hard, and very direct window into the experience of surviving a mass shooting." —SLJ
"This collection of experiences, memories, and flashbacks . . . offers teens a place to process the national tragedy, and the world a window into how the school itself is coping and healing." —Booklist