How It Went Down (Hardcover)

By Kekla Magoon

Henry Holt & Company, 9780805098693, 326pp.

Publication Date: October 21, 2014

List Price: 18.99*
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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.

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.

Praise For How It Went Down

Praise for 37 Things I Love:

"Bittersweet and hopeful. . . . Chock-full of teen appeal, and fans of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay will enjoy this equally quick yet emotionally charged story." —Book Page

"Another powerful outing from a rising star." —Kirkus Reviews

"Emotionally sensitive." —BCCB

"[An] intelligent, affecting novel." —Publishers Weekly

"There is much to this slim book—coming of age, death, hope, love—and Ellis is a character to care about and cheer on for a long, long time." —The Horn Book