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Violent Ends

Cover design by Jessica Handelman.

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In a one-of-a-kind collaboration, seventeen of the most recognizable YA writers—including Shaun David Hutchinson, Neal and Brendan Shusterman, and Beth Revis—come together to share the viewpoints of a group of students affected by a school shooting.

It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto the school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others.

But this isn’t a story about the shooting itself. This isn’t about recounting that one unforgettable day.

This is about one boy—who had friends, enjoyed reading, playing saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before—became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing bullets at his classmates.

Each chapter is told from a different victim’s viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he’d become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties. This is a book told from multiple perspectives—with one character and one event drawing them all together—by some of YA’s most recognizable names.

Violent Ends includes stories from:

Shaun David Hutchinson, Neal Shusterman, Brendan Shusterman, Beth Revis, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Courtney Summers, Kendare Blake, Delilah S. Dawson, Steve Brezenoff, Tom Leveen, Hannah Moskowitz, Blythe Woolston, Trish Doller, Mindi Scott, Margie Gelbwasser, Christine Johnson, E. M. Kokie and Elisa Nader.

Praise for Violent Ends

★ “The storytelling is wonderfully intense and distinctive… Readers will be captivated.
–VOYA, starred review

“Engaging and heart-wrenching.”

“A fresh and thought-provoking take on a disturbingbut relevant topic.”
School Library Journal

“These stories humanize a troubled teenager, as well as the people who hurt him along the way, but the authors don’t let anyone off the hook, Kirby least of all.”
Publisher’s Weekly

Awards and Honors

  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children’s Book Council)
  • NYPL Best Books for Teens
  • Great Lakes Great Books Master List (MI)
  • Kansas State Reading Circle List Starred High School Title
  • Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year Selection Title

Content Advisory

Violent Ends contains the following:

  • Suicide
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Attempted Rape
  • Physical Abuse
  • Bullying
  • Depressive behavior
  • Violence
  • Self Harm
  • Homophobia
  • Transphobia
  • Trichotillomania

Where to Buy

Indie Bound.
Barnes and Noble.
Apple Books.
Simon and Schuster.