Skip to main content

How It Went Down

Kekla Magoon


List Price: 21.80*
* Individual store prices may vary.

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (12/11/2014)
Paperback (12/15/2015)
Hardcover (10/21/2014)


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.

Turtleback Books, 9780606375931, 352pp.

Publication Date: December 15, 2015

About the Author

Kekla Magoon is the author of several books for young adults, including "37 Things I Love "and "The Rock and the River," winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award. She is a New York City-based writer, editor, speaker, and educator.