Parkland : birth of a movement

by Cullen, Dave, 1961-

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Summary

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

On the first anniversary of the events at Parkland, the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of Columbine offers an intimate, deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors who became activists and pushed back against the NRA and feckless Congressional leaders--inspiring millions of Americans to join their grassroots #neveragain movement.



Nineteen years ago, Dave Cullen was among the first to arrive at Columbine High, even before most of the SWAT teams went in. While writing his acclaimed account of the tragedy, he suffered two bouts of secondary PTSD. He covered all the later tragedies from a distance, working with a cadre of experts cultivated from academia and the FBI, but swore he would never return to the scene of a ghastly crime.

But in March 2018, Cullen went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School because something radically different was happening. In nearly twenty years witnessing the mass shootings epidemic escalate, he was stunned and awed by the courage, anger, and conviction of the high school's students. Refusing to allow adults and the media to shape their story, these remarkable adolescents took control, using their grief as a catalyst for change, transforming tragedy into a movement of astonishing hope that has galvanized a nation.

Cullen unfolds the story of Parkland through the voices of key participants whose diverse personalities and outlooks comprise every facet of the movement. Instead of taking us into the minds of the killer, he takes us into the hearts of the Douglas students as they cope with the common concerns of high school students everywhere--awaiting college acceptance letters, studying for mid-term exams, competing against their athletic rivals, putting together the yearbook, staging the musical Spring Awakening, enjoying prom and graduation--while moving forward from a horrific event that has altered them forever.

Deeply researched and beautifully told, Parkland is an in-depth examination of this pivotal moment in American culture--and an up-close portrait that reveals what these extraordinary young people are like as kids. As it celebrates the passion of these astonishing students who are making history, this spellbinding book is an inspiring call to action for lasting change.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Cullen, the author of the groundbreaking Columbine (2009), brings his eloquence, expertise, combination of deep research and concision, and unbiased perspective to yet another mass school shooting, revealing its deepest layers and resonance. The story he tells about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, in Parkland, Florida, is a very different story from that of the 1999 tragedy in Columbine because Cullen focuses on how the March for Our Lives (MFOL) movement emerged like a phoenix rising from the ashes of the devastated community. Cullen never names and rarely discusses the Parkland shooter because his focus is on how this school-shooting generation found direction and meaning as survivors by working actively, passionately, and purposefully to champion a reasonable approach to stemming gun violence. Cullen, who worked with the MFOL movement and similar anti-violence groups, discusses their creation, evolution, methods, and suggestions for preventing gun violence by shaping policies for safeguards and avoiding political partisanship. This moving, defining, and important account of an essential and vital youth movement dedicated to change and saving lives belongs in every public and school library. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Cullen's standing as a school-shooting chronicler and the ongoing concerns over gun control make this a strong draw for social-issue readers.--Jennifer Johnson Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "School shootings are horrors, but, as journalist Cullen (Columbine) depicts in this page-turner, something hopeful has risen phoenixlike from the Valentine's Day 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.: an eloquent, organized group of survivors who have become nonpartisan activists for reasonable gun control. "There are strains of sadness woven into this story," he writes, "but this is not an account of grief." Cullen, who got to know the students over 11 months, recounts how the movement began the day of the shooting, with David Hogg's first plea for calls to congresspeople on national television; grew as the Parkland activists forged connections with less-heralded teens advocating against gun violence in Chicago; and led to the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Along the way, he draws nuanced portraits of several students, among them Jackie Corin, a preternaturally organized junior who handles logistics and event planning, and Cameron Kasky, a theater kid who was the first to tweet #NeverAgain. Cullen makes sure they come across as "kids, because that's who they are"; despite their unusual maturity, they get tired, act out, break down. Both realistic and optimistic, this insightful and compassionate chronicle is a fitting testament to a new chapter in American responses to mass shootings. Agent: Betsy Lerner, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Massacre, Parkland, Fla., 2018.
School shootings -- Florida -- Parkland.
Political activists -- United States.
Teenagers -- Political activity -- United States.
Gun control -- United States.
Publisher New York, NY :[2019]
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 385 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 379-385).
ISBN 9780062882943
0062882945
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