Just One Flick of a Finger
Marybeth Lorbiecki, Just One Flick of a Finger, Dial Books for Young Readers, 1996.
Illustrated by David Diaz (1995 Caldecott Medalist)
Jack is tired of being afraid. So he takes his father's gun to school -- not to use, but to scare off his tormentor, a bully named Reebo. When the gun accidentally goes off during a scuffle, events take a turn that Jack never expected. Vital truths about courage, friendship -- and guns -- unfold. No one is the same again.
Letting her young narrator tell his own story, Marybeth Lorbiecki gives voice to the most frightening issue plaguing America's children today. Written in the rhythm of the streets, and illustrated with David Diaz's arresting images, this book will help adults and children to begin discussions of a problem that cannot be ignored.
Marybeth Lorbiecki is an award-winning author and former children's book editor. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. David Diaz won the 1995 Caldecott Medal for Smoky Night written by Eve Bunting. Diaz lives near San Diego, California.