I just finished Shoot the Wounded. I actually read the sequel first, Heal the Wounded, and thought I had missed a few key elements so I read Shoot the Wounded to fill in the blanks. All I can say is WOW! What a great couple of books! The first book is about three friends, Jake, Ronnie and Leigh who have their friendship threatened when the school's gossip, Janelle starts to spread rumours about them, particularly whether Jake fathered Ronnie's baby.
Throughout the book the lies, and rumours threaten to destroy friendships and I appreciated how Dove threaded this theme throughout the book. So often we read about bullying from the physical side, we don't tend to realize that gossip can be just as harmful to a person's spirit.
I definitely think this book should be read by parent's, teachers, as well as students because it will begin discussions on the hazards of spreading rumours and gossip.
The book also deals with serious topics such as teen pregnancy, and family violence.
I definitely give this book five stars!