Reading from October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard.
For ages 13 and up. On Oct. 6, 1998, a gay twenty-one-year-old college student named Matthew Shepard was lured from a Wyoming bar by two young men, savagely beaten, tied to a remote fence, and left to die. Lesléa Newman was deeply affected by Matthew Shepard's murder and wrote October Mourning to try to understand the impact this hate crime has had on the world and on herself. By telling Matthew Shepard's story in the voices of the silent witnesses (the fence he was tied to, the stars that watched over him, the deer who kept him company, etc.), she creates a compelling narrative that enables young readers to experience the intense emotions of that day, which resonated around the world. With this work, she inspires all of us to work to make the world a safer place and to replace hate with compassion, understanding, and love in remembrance of Matthew Shepard. A 2013 Stonewall Honor Book, October Mourning is a book both for young adults and for caring people of all ages. Lesléa Newman is the author of more than sixty books for children and adults, including the groundbreaking children's classic Heather Has Two Mommies.
For a review of the book, see http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/BOOK-REVIEW-A-Song-for-Matthew-Shepard/40771.html .