Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School

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A Thousand Regrets October 23, 2017

Filed under: Historical Fiction — oneilllibrary @ 11:12 am

He was a newer kid in town, but even though he was different, it was different in a way everyone liked download. Everyone thought Christopher Goodman was a cool guy, because he was just so nice and helpful to everyone, all the time. Some of the teenagers knew him better than others, and some didn’t know him at all. Still, when he’s killed the night of the local festival, everyone takes a moment to think of what could have been.

Doc, Lenny, Squib, Hunger, Hazel and Mildred all have dealings with Christopher – some more than others. But when he dies, each of them can’t help but think – what if? Could they individually have stopped the murder from happening? Could they collectively have done something?

Who Killed Christopher Goodman  by Allan Wolf is based on an event that actually happened to the author when he was in high school. To this day he still wonders if anything he did or didn’t do could have prevented the murder of the boy from his town. It haunts him decades later and this book will leave the reader thinking of all the “what ifs” we have in our lives, monumental and infinitesimal.

Recommended for 8th grade and up due to mature content.


2 Responses to “A Thousand Regrets”

  1. Book Hogs Says:

    Hi there! I really enjoy your blog. I am a library aide at a school in Dublin, Ohio and I use your blog to help with recommendations. My daughter and I write a book blog as well.
    I have a question about this book though. What mature content does it contain? Is it violence or something else? Thanks!

    • Glad you are enjoying the blog and that you use it! The mature content would be sexual innuendos – but if the kids aren’t mature enough to understand them, it will go right over their heads. But really nothing too crazy. Hope that helps!

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