RED Alert 3

By August Kissel and Julia Skeval

Assistant Editors


As the Jamesville-Dewitt High School RED Club continues to meet, more members continue to join. New members mean more books read, and more books read means more book recommendations. The club continues to read “All the Broken Pieces” by Ann E. Burg which will be discussed at the Reading Rams next meeting on Nov. 7 in the library, but it’s never too late to join or begin reading the chosen novel.

While the students involved in the Red Club continue to read the suggested novel, members still make time to read other works on the side. Sophomore Maggie Dunsford had plenty of book suggestions, but her favorite had to be “Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock” by Matthew Quick. This is summarized by The book takes place on Leonard Peacock’s birthday, and it is also the day he has decided to carry out a murderous plan. But before that happens, he must say goodbye to the four people who matter most to him: his next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback; the Christian homeschooler Lauren; and his teacher, Herr Silverman. Through his farewells, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the climax of his plan approaches. In this riveting book, Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made, and the light in us all that never goes out.

“I instantly fell in love with it,” Dunsford said, adding that she mainly enjoyed the edgy, young adult aspect the book brought to the table. Because of the mature content of the story’s plot, Dunsford recommended that only people ages 14 and up should read this book. “It was a very contemporary book. It had a lot of tough stuff going on,” Dunsford said. She also said that other books similar to “Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock” include “13 Reasons Why” by Jay Asher and “Twisted” by Laurie Halse Anderson.