October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard

By NEWMAN, Lesléa

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978-0-7636-5807-6
Publisher
Candlewick


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on November 1, 2012  |  Grades 5-up

Gr 9 Up—Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, died nearly 14 years ago, of wounds inflicted during a violent beating. Just before his brutal attack, he and other students had been planning a Gay Awareness Week; Newman was the keynote speaker at this event, which took place a week after the assault. Through 68 poems, she captures facets of the event that were likely never uncovered before. The poems' fictitious narrators, ranging f...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on September 1, 2012

In Laramie, Wyoming, one October evening in 1998, a gay twenty-one-year-old student named Matthew Shepard was kidnapped from a bar, robbed, beaten, tied to a fence in a field, and left to die. He was found eighteen hours later by a biker who thought he was "a scarecrow’s head / slumped over / that forsaken fence / not a smashed shattered / pumpkin of a boy." Shepard died five days later. The horrific incident stunned the...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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