To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
If Only I Had Known: A True Story Hardcover – October 1, 2009
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Browse our Teacher Supplies store, with everything teachers need to educate students and expand their learning.
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
I grew up in Pearl, going to school there from kindergarten through high school graduation. This book was hard to read at times. I knew Luke, as well as one of the students that he killed, Lydia. We had a class together. She was such a sweet and shy girl. Some days I still can't believe it happened. I also knew Luke's mother. The interviews with Luke in prison were interesting, as well as the chapter written by the "unlikely juror." The first-hand accounts from teachers (many of them had taught me) as well as administrators, was heart-breaking.
I thought I knew the story of Luke Woodham's rampage. Everyone had talked about the story of what happened, but while reading this book I felt like I was there. There were times that I had to stop reading because I was crying so hard. I also feel like having the writings and interviews with Luke made it even more interesting because we are able to see his reasoning for why he did this.
This book is a MUST READ!!!!!!!! The writing is very personal, because Dr. Dodson was there in Pearl, living through this and trying to help his students, faculty, and the whole community understand how this could happen in our "normal" town.
We have a saying in Pearl..."It's a great day to be a Pirate!!"... I think that this book reminded me of why it really is a great day to be a pirate. It tells the true story of brave faculty, students, and administration that, when faced with unimaginable tragedy, were able to lift each other up and heal a community.
Please bear in mind, when I say disturbing, I do not use that term lightly. The boy in question was deeply disturbed and this book goes into graphic detail about many of the horrific things that he did before and up to the murders.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book - a must read for anyone who wants to take school security to the level.Published 8 months ago by Trooper
This is one book that was hard to put down. It is about how and why school massacres and others happen. The focus is how to prevent and be proactive to help stop the violence.Published 18 months ago by Beverly Sims
Very interesting. Every teacher needs to read this book to better understand how to determine students that could have problems.Published on January 21, 2013 by B. Tadlock
If only I had known what? Any of us by our first name? This community was rocked years ago by this tragedy and we're just now returning to some sort of normalcy. Read morePublished on January 27, 2011 by Jeremy