Bang by Barry Lyga
Ten years ago, Sebastian lost his sister. But he didn’t just lose her. She was shot and killed. By Sebastian. When he was just four years old. Everyone said it was an accident, that he wasn’t to blame. And yet, everyone blames him. People look at him oddly. Parents don’t want him to be friends with their children. No one trusts him. Sebastian is ready for it to end. He’s shot a gun once in his life, and he plans to do it one more time. Then Aneesa and her family move in down the block, and they know nothing of his past. For the first time in his life, Sebastian feels like he can do and be anything he wants. Can one friend be enough when the rest of the world is against you?
This book tackles some very serious issues, and is recommended for mature readers in grades 7 and up.
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