- Author Bio
The Breakfast Club meets We Need to Talk About Kevin.
A lockdown catches five grade 12 students by surprise and throws them together in the only unlocked room on that empty third floor wing: the boys’ washroom. They sit in silence, judging each other by what they see, by the stories they’ve heard over the years. Stuck here with them—could anything be worse?
There’s Alice: an introverted writer, trapped in the role of big sister to her older autistic brother, Noah.
Isabelle: the popular, high-achieving, student council president, whose greatest performance is her everyday life.
Hogan: an ex-football player with a troubled past and a hopeless future.
Xander: that socially awkward guy hiding behind the camera, whose candid pictures of school life, especially those of Isabelle, have brought him more trouble than answers.
Told in five unique voices through prose, poetry, text messages, journals and homework assignments, this modern-day Breakfast Club takes a twist when Isabelle gets a text that changes everything: NOT A DRILL!! Shooter in the school!
Suddenly, the bathroom doesn’t seem so safe anymore. Especially when they learn that one of them knows more about the shooter than they realized…
GRIPPING, ACTION-PACKED STORY: The discovery that a seemingly routine lockdown drill is actually real will grip teen readers from the very start.
ACCLAIMED AUTHOR: A two-time Governor General’s Award winner, Caroline had TWO books shortlisted for the 2015 CLA Young Adult Book Award: Unspeakable (Razorbill) and The Gospel Truth (Red Deer Press); Unspeakable was a Red Maple Award Honour Book and was a finalist for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, and The Gospel Truth was a finalist for the Geoffrey Bilson and Amy Mathers Teen Book awards.
TRADE AND LIBRARY APPEAL: Readers will love the action; teachers and librarians will love the different voices/writing techniques for each character.
CONTEMPORARY YA STILL POPULAR: Caroline has returned to contemporary fiction, the first time since her bestselling first novel, Egghead.
Publicity: School & library advertising
Featured title at major conferences: OLA and RFTLOI, ALA and BEA
National feature and review attention
Goodreads and LibraryThing Early Reviewers giveaways
Author Website: www.carolinepignat.com
Author Social Media: Twitter: @CarolinePignat; www.facebook.com/pages/Caroline-Pignat/152499251480724
PRAISE FOR Shooter:
“Pignat has created a pitch perfect combination of multiple modes, well-tuned voices and a irresistible and satisfying story.”—Canadian Materials, 4 out of ****
“With gut-wrenching locked-room suspense, Shooter is a frightening, yet hopeful snippet of high school life in the 21st century.”—The National Reading Campaign