Shooting Monarchs by John Halliday

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Macy grew up unwanted, unloved, and alone. By his teens he had quit school and begun stealing. In and out of juvie, Macy is a shoplifter, a car thief, and, by age eighteen, a murderer.

Danny grew up physically disabled, raised by his grandmother, and a loner. Now sixteen, he finds solace in taking photographs, particularly of monarch butterflies, and thinking about Leah, the most beautiful girl in town.

It is Leah who unwittingly causes these two very different boys, who share some startling similarities, to meet in a first and final terrifying encounter.

The outcome of this hard-hitting and spellbinding novel from an exciting new author will rivet readers and leave them thinking about nature, nurture, justice, and the remarkable power of human kindness.


About John Halliday

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John Halliday is a professional librarian who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife and four children. Shooting Monarchs is his first novel.
Published March 1, 2003 by Margaret K. McElderry. 128 pages
Genres: Young Adult. Fiction

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When Macy is finally caught and tried, Halliday leaves readers to decide the sentence, a useful device for stimulating discussions among young readers.

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Many details, however, seem contrived, such as Macy's fear of the rain (traced to an episode early in his childhood) or overdone (Danny not only has a crooked spine, but his front teeth are so crooked that "he could only eat corn by holding the cob firmly to his cheek and chewing with his side te...

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