David P Reiter Real Guns

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Real Guns

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Real Guns confronts the topical issues of gun control and the effects of war—past and present—on returning soldiers and their families. Jon, like many young boys, is fascinated by guns. He finds a loaded pistol hidden under his parents’ bed, with nearly tragic consequences. The close call prompts his father to explain to Jon why he needs to keep the gun, forging a much closer bond between father and son, and emphasising the need for parents to talk to their children about issues affecting their safety. Patrick Murphy’s stunning illustrations are a perfect complement to Reiter’s timeless story, allowing younger readers to better understand why guns are at once a necessary part of contemporary life but also a danger when they get into the wrong hands. This book has been Highly Commended by Education Queensland for its relevance to school curricula.

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David P Reiter (pictured here with his son Alexander) is a multi-award wining author and publisher living in Brisbane, Australia. David has written poetry, fi ction, scripts, interactive multimedia and even a feature fi lm called Hemingway in Spain. He has a PhD from the University of Denver and has taught Creative Writing in the United States, Canada and Australia. He recalls an incident from his childhood when he discovered a real gun hidden under his parents bed. He still remembers the cold hard metal and weight of the gun and how nervous he felt holding it. Real Guns is his second book for children. Th e fi rst, Th e Greenhouse Eff ect, was a junior novel published by Lothian Books in 2004 about a cat who teams up with some magical native species and extra-terrestrials to save the Earth.

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Real Guns is not an anti gun story but it teases out the idea that guns exist in our society, are in some instances a necessity, but must always be treated in a safe manner. They are real. The text has almost a conversational quality which leads perfectly into being able to open dialogue about guns, their place in society and the sometimes blurred ideas that children have about what is a real gun, a toy gun or a game. Patrick J Murphy s illustrations compliment the text and are presented in a bold, simple style with vivid colours. After reading Real Guns author David Reiter speaks with children, not at them, allowing them to discover and articulate their point of view. He offers insight into why he chose the topic of gun safety. As a publisher, he is also able to demystify the publishing process, explaining how books are selected or rejected for publication, how an illustrator is found to compliment the text, etc. A valuable experience for children. Andrea Anderson, Librarian, Seven Hills and Cannon Hills State Schools --Seven Hills State School, Education Queensland

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