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How It Went Down

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Author: Kekla Magoon

A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book

When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white.

In the aftermath of Tariq's death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up. Day by day, new twists further obscure the truth.

Tariq's friends, family, and community struggle to make sense of the tragedy, and to cope with the hole left behind when a life is cut short. In their own words, they grapple for a way to say with certainty: This is how it went down.

How It Went Down is a timely story by acclaimed author Kekla Magoon who won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for The Rock and the River, and whose book X: A Novel (written with Ilyasah Shabazz) was longlisted for the National Book Award.

This title has Common Core connections.

Publisher: Square Fish
Published: 12/15/2015
Pages: 352
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.70lbs
Size: 8.20h x 5.40w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9781250068231
Audience: Young Adult

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4
Point Value: 8
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 170202 / How It Went Down

About the Author
Kekla Magoon is the author of several books for young adults, including 37 Things I Love, the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award-winning The Rock and the River, and the Coretta Scott King Honor Book How It Went Down. She lives in Vermont.