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10:00 a.m.: The principal of Opportunity High School in Alabama finishes her speech, welcoming
the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.: The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03 a.m.: The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05 a.m.: Someone starts shooting.

This explosive, emotional, page-turning debut about a high school held hostage is told from
the perspective of four teenseach with their own reason to fear the boy with the gun.


Marieke Nijkamp is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, and geek. She holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies and is the founder of DiversifYA, and a founding contributor to YA Misfits. She lives in the Netherlands. Visit her at mariekenijkamp.com.





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This Is Where It Ends, Marieke Nijkamps young adult debut and New York Times bestseller, has left an indelible mark on those who have read the heartrending and harrowing story. Nijkamp’s novel is starkly real, dealing with themes of violence, abuse, bullying, and prejudice, among others.

It’s a harsh reminder that every moment counts when it comes to living your best life, being your best self, and treating others with love, compassion, and kindness.


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  • Identify 35 places in your life where you feel stuck, and come up with actions you could take to break out.
  • Pay it foward: buy coffee for the next person in line.
  • Smile at every person you see that day.
  • Send a card/letter to a long-distance friend or family member.
  • Read a book that you wouldn't normally pick up.
  • Volunteer for a couple of hours.
  • Make a playlist for a friend.
  • Call/text someone you havent talked to in a while.
  • Create a special personalized handmade card for someone.
  • Buy a small gift for a friend just because.
  • Conduct interviews of your familys older generations, like grandparents, great-aunts, and uncles.
  • Leave an inspirational quote for a stranger to find.
  • Create a holiday to celebrate someone you love.
  • Get outdoors and take time to enjoy your surroundings.
  • Offer to complete a task or chore for someone to give them a break.
  • Write an inspirational note to someone whos having a rough day.
  • Bake a sweet treat for a friends birthday.
  • Give everyone you see today a compliment.
  • Every evening before bed, take time to reflect on your day. What was the best thing that happened to you that day? Record in a journal.

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978-1-4926-2246-8  •  HC  •  $17.99  •  Ages 14+  •  AVAILABLE NOW!