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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  583 ratings  ·  87 reviews
A new town, a new school, a new start. That's what fourteen-year-old Gray Wilton believes as he chants, "It's gonna be better, gonna be better here." But it doesn't take long for Gray to realize that nothing's going to change--there are bullies in every school, and he's always their punching bag. Their brutal words, physical abuse, and emotional torture escalate until Gray ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published March 1st 2006)
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Jun 12, 2012 Luke rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: hated
Horrible book. Not horrible because it's about a school shooting, but for every other reason. It's the writing that's offensive. And the simplicity of the character's motivations. Oh, yeah, he also plays violent video games, which, of course, makes him shoot classmates. Nancy Garden uses every trite convenience/contrivance to get us to the "climax" that was given away to any person who looked at the front cover of the book.
After bullying incidents lead him to carry a knife to school, Gray Wilton finds himself suspended, and uprooted. Starting High School with a clean slate, and in a new town, he hopes that somehow things will be better in Connecticut. Maybe he can try harder, maybe the kids will be nicer, maybe his father will understand.

But though he makes some friends, and joins the school band, where he can play drums, it doesn’t take long for the bullies to find him. Teachers look the other way. Ignoring them
I liked this book for the insight that it offered me as a teacher of middle school students and what they expect from us in bullying situations. I don't know what I would've done differently if I was Gray's teacher, but the story gave me a lot to think about.

Gray is probably representative of so many kids these days, but he just took it to the next level when he didn't think anyone could or would help him. He was a likable character and I really liked how Garden made the ending so realistic and
Caleb Mitchell
Endgame is fast paced book which puts you in the shoes of a bullied kid. Throughout the book he gets more and more frustrated with his school bullies zorro and johnson until he snaps.

I like how Garden took you through the back stories of Gray as well as the future with his attorney Falco,she introduced characters and made them active in the story there were very few static characters. One thing i didn't like was a lot of unnessessary fill-in parts to connect the story but over all it was good.

Maureen Brunner
Many of my regular readers will give this book four or five stars. Many of them will relate to Gray Wilton, the main character, who is relentlessly tourtured by bullies and who feels like he needs to solve all of his problems alone. The will connect to the feeling that no one in the adult world is really there for them, and that events in their life might just be hopeless. I hurt for him, and as I was reading, I hoped that these things did not happen in my school.

Although my students won't like
Jaclyn P
I read this randomly. I went into my library at my school and randomly chose it. It is my new favorite book. I can relate to the problem Gray has, bullies. I have been a victim of bulling since I was a young child. We are both bullied by jocks and I can relate to him. There are days that are good and then there are the days where I want to kill every single person who ever laughed AT me. This hit home for me and I cried when I read it. I was terrified to laughed at the humor in the book because ...more
Perhaps I would have enjoyed this more if I hadn't read it on the heels of Freeze Frame, another book about an emotionally numb teen boy who has killed when the book opens, then recalls the events leading up to the tragic event. Both books suffer from detached protagonists who take a hundred pages to warm up to, and Garden's Gray Wilton was the more remote. By the end, I was caught up in the tragedy of the shooting, but the first 150 pages were slow going.

There are some things to recommend "Endg
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Jun 08, 2010 Synesthesia (SPIDERS!) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: high school teachers, teenagers
Wow. All I can say is there needs to be a cure for bullying. Seriously. Bullying these days isn't just some big dopey person pushing a kid around who can be stopped with a punch in the nose anymore than hazing is just forcing people to swallow a fish.
These days it's serious, it's intense cruelty that can follow a kid home to places like Facebook and the like.
Something has to be done.
That aside, this book was powerful, disturbing and sad. It shows that bullying can lead to things like suicide and
An intense story about how the effects of bullying can lead to school violence. If you've ever watched the unfolding story of school shooting and wondered how in the world someone could do something like that, this book is your answer. Garden is able to get inside the head of Gary, her fictional character who is responsible for death and hospitalization of fellow classmates. To say that Gary is bullied is an understatement. Had the same events taken place among adults, it could easily have been ...more
Lila Hudson
Endgame by Nancy Garden follows the struggles of Gray Wilton, a teenage boy who seems to always be a target for bullying. Even after his family moves to a different town with a different school, Gray is still harassed. Gray doesn’t plan on letting the bullying continue, and it seems he has no where else to turn except to violence. The situation worsens to a final boiling point, where Gray makes a lethal decision.
Endgame is a very thought-provoking book. I really appreciate how Garden handled
May 03, 2012 Vicki rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
14 yr Gray & his family have moved to a new town, new school, but Gray cannot overcome a flaw that allows others to pick on him. He was already suspended from his last school for bringing a knife. But taunting words & deeds take their toll on Gray-he doesn't share w/those in charge- and Gray once again resorts to violence to end the teasing. Excellent scary read-neat set-up with interview from jail with lawyer.
Jordan Shirton
Endgame by Nancy Farmer

So, this book follows Gray, a freshmen in high school who seems to be a burden to his parents, his brother being the kid in the spotlight. When the family moves to another town, the family's past catches up with them. Some of the very same demons have come along.

This book was decent, a story dedicated to the loneliness and suffering of a bullied, underappreciated kid. What Gray does is unthinkable, he tries to make people understand and pay for what they have done to him.
Carolyn Roys
Much as I hate to do it, this subject has been done so much better by so many others - kid bullied then shoots up school - but still, it's Nancy Garden of Annie on My Mind. Just kills me. I just didn't give a crap about the kid being bullied, the kid himself not the bullying part, so when the verdict comes,....spoiler alert......

I don't care and I'm happy he gets what he deserves.
Angela Schaffer
I read this book as a student was reading it, and recommended it to me. He asked that I read it so we could discuss it together. Having read some of Garden's other work, I was surprised at her ability to write such a "raw" novel. However, I admit this may be the best peer bullying book I have ever read. It gives the reader some compassion for the protagonist, despite his decision to kill several of his peers. It really brings up good questions. Who is the "victim" and how far can one individual ...more
I read this story right after completing Jodi Picoult's "19 Minutes" - both deal with school shootings instigated by alienated boys who were victimized by crass bullies. While there are many similarities between these two books, they are both worth reading.
SUCH a happy ending. this book was filled with so much sunshine and love that i could just burst into tears!

(major sarcasm)

i recommend it if you wanna get depressed.
I thought the book was very good and had a very good plot to it. it was sad toward the end but it had a very good storyline.
Kristen Jaques
I just felt like nothing good came out of this book...the downfall of a guy who never had a chance (and honestly, it seemed like there were people he could have reached out to, so that was aggravating too). If like most people, you already know about the harsh realities of bullying, you're not going to encounter anything new here, and this book was just depressing, frustrating, and triggering to the bitter end. I wanted to like this because I liked the author's other books, but while I liked how ...more
Interesting book told from the perspective of a kid who had been bullied in both. The novel is structured as a flashback--starting in jail/detention center and then going back as the main character, Gray, tells what happened to make him decide to enter his school one day with a loaded gun. The novel shows us that something like school violence is rarely simple. Had Gray been bullied but received some support from home or the school, things could have turned out differently. I would probably reco ...more
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Bri Crowe
I think this book was well-written. I must say it got confusing at certain parts where the book would go from first person to third person point of view. It made it a little hard for me to understand. But overall, the book was pretty interesting and I loved the fact that it's relatable. This happens everywhere and it shows how much a person may deal with before they eventually snap. This could have been prevented, but no one cared enough to step up. Some people did try to interfere only to be pu ...more
Alma  Ramos-McDermott
Fourteen year old Gray Wilton just wants to play his drums, create songs, play with his dog, and be left alone. Unfortunately, Gray doesn't ever get what he wants. His dad hates him, his mother is too scared of his father to offer support, and his big brother Peter is too perfect and too busy to notice. Zorro, the school's football hero and his pack of friends make Gray's life miserable by bullying him mercilessly. As seems to be too typically true, no one listens or cares as his life spirals an ...more
Title of the book: Endgame
Author’s name: Nancy Garden
Publisher, Year, Number of pages, Price: Harcourt, 2006, 289 pages, $17.00
Topic (e.g., relationships, sports, baseball, social issues, fantasy, civil war, violence, drugs, etc.): Social issues, bullying, relationships, violence
ISBN Number: 0152054162

This is the troublesome story of Grayson Wilton, a victim of bullying at his new high school, Greeenford High, Massachusetts. The story is told in flashback of about ten months ago, when Gray first
Gray has been bullied to the edge; he brought a knife to his last school and had to move to a new town to make a new start. But things aren't always different just because you start fresh.

He gets bullied humiliated and depressed. I could feel the weight of the sadness as I read. He ends up walking inside the school with his father's new semiautomatic after realizing things can never he better unless he solves it now.

This book really touched me, being a victim I bullying myself and still being on
Jesse Arends
"It's gonna be better, gonna be better here"(Garden 48). This is what Grey Wilton, the main character of my book says as he's walking into his new school, Greenford High. Although, nothing gets better, it just gets worse in my book "Endgame" by Nancy Garden. Being at a new school with trouble in the past at his old school Grey hopes that everything is going to be better here, but when he bumps into Zorro, the captain of the varsity football team, his life gets worse everyday. Not only is his lif ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Linden rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young Adult readers

In light of high school massacres by students, Nancy Garden has written a novel about a freshman bullied by the school football heroes who chooses revenge--and the contributory behaviors and beliefs of adults.

Garden was encouraged to write the story by a teacher in Littleton, Colorado where one such event happened.

It is hard to read, a grueling journey, though of course not a hard as the road many students themselves travel. (287 p.)
May 04, 2008 Ardis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens 15+
Shelves: teen
This was not an easy book to read, but maybe it's because I could relate. Gray Wilton has recently moved to a new high school because of problems he had in his last one. He is determined to think positively, to think that this school is different, but he's wrong.
When the teasing begins, it's eerily similar to what he went through at his last school: other teens harass, teachers look away, parents disbelieve. But this time it gets worse, and Gray can't stand it any more.
Nancy Garden gets it perfe
This book was emotionally difficult as a read, in part because I could identify with Gray, as someone who grew up being bullied, sometimes to the extreme, with no support or protection from the school or teachers. This book is raw and honest and the format of the book makes it that much moreso. I cried, a lot, while reading this book.
I feel bad savaging something so obviously well-intentioned, but the fact remains that Endgame – about bullies and school shootings – is just a mess: so sloppy and wafer-thin that it ends up trivializing the very subject it's supposedly speaking out against. The really sad thing is that the book has potential. There's a compelling story to be found in a first-person account of what it's like to be bullied – and the lengths to which it can drive someone – and I could see such a book having an imp ...more
A near-perfect blueprint for a painfully bad after-school TV special.

Gray, a whimpering whiny 15-year-old, is bullied into crazed revenge. The story unfolds as a post-blowup conversation between Gray and his lawyer. The lawyer’s false notes of sympathy, and “tell me more” cues, remind me of commercial breaks and lame video teasers.

Just about every character, including the dog, might as well be a cardboard cutout. There are a few worst-of lowlights: Dad is unbelievably crass in expressing how f
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