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Publisher Description

A 2015 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.

This title has Common Core connections.

GENRE
Young Adult
RELEASED
2014
October 21
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
336
Pages
PUBLISHER
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
1.4
MB
AUDIENCE
Grades 9-13

Customer Reviews

bbg.mia ,

How it went down

This book is amazing. I love books like this. I don’t like reading, and I got this book from the school library and it is like ugh. Unexplainable. Just too good for words.

Toni FGMAMTC ,

thought provoking

I got way more into this than I was expecting. It’s the story of a shooting in an inner city told from the point of view of different witnesses and people connected to the person who was shot. No one has exactly the same story or feels precisely the same. I tried to understand each perspective and feel what they felt. It’s not really the type of story that gives you any answers. It may change the way you think about things though.

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