About the Book
Release Date: July 24, 2020
Midwestern high school seniors and swim teammates Alli and Brandon are the perfect couple, enjoying their final months of high school and making big plans for the future. When a horrific school shooting sparks a national movement, Alli gets involved with protests in support of gun control legislation, while Brandon defends his pro-gun beliefs and stays on the sidelines. These shifting priorities lead Alli and Brandon to question not only each other but their worldviews, as they begin to stand up for something bigger than themselves for the first time.
Praise for Crossing Lines
“I really like the premise that lefties and righties find a way to come together on the school shootings issue … ‘Crossing Lines’ has an important, relevant theme with a solution that helps its readers. We are so horribly polarized that a book about the two sides coming together to solve crucial problems is very welcomed.” —David Aretha, award-winning author
“Malala Yousafzai and the Girls of Pakistan”
“As graduation nears and high school seniors Alli and Brandon explore a deepening romance, shocking news of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting makes them realize they’re on opposite sides of the gun-control divide. With a caring respect for differing values that are equally sincere, ‘Crossing Lines’ puts faces and feelings on a key piece of America’s polarization—and shows us how we can find our way through.” —Doug Wilhelm, author, “The Revealers”; “Street of Storytellers”
Where do I even begin with this book? Maybe with the fact that it cover important but scary topics? Maybe the fact that it covers each side of the argument without diverging into a petty argument? Maybe by letting you know it’s a really short but amazing read? All of the above? Sure, let’s go with that! But yeah, this book starts a conversation about gun control and puts it into a digestible story for younger teen audiences.
So, the thing that made me most happy about this book is that we hear BOTH sides! I just love that these two main characters were able to each share their opinions, explain why they thought the way they do, and learn from one another. Now if only adults could act that way as well. And this would be a great book for high school students because it’s not extremely long but still packs a powerful punch.
School shootings are sadly becoming a synonymous thing with the U.S. I was actually shocked when I transferred to my current University and actually had an active shooter section in our orientation. And it was very interesting to me that their training us to not hide but to ambush the shooter. But anyways (as I go off on a tangent), I think this is a very important book. Especially with the society we live in.
About the Author
Melanie Weiss is the author of two Young Adult novels: Spoken and Crossing Lines. She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and worked as a journalist for newspapers and magazines for 20 years. She began writing her novel, Spoken, shortly after her younger child left for college in 2015 and she became an “empty nester.” Spoken is a 2019 Winner of a Readers’ Favorite Book Award.
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