Light It Up
A girl walks home from school. She's tall for her age. She's wearing her winter coat. Her headphones are in. She's hurrying.
She never makes it home.
In the aftermath, while law enforcement tries to justify the response, one fact remains: a police officer has shot and killed an unarmed thirteen-year-old girl. The community is thrown into upheaval, leading to unrest, a growing movement to protest the senseless taking of black lives, and the arrival of white supremacist counter demonstrators. Told in a series of vignettes from multiple viewpoints, Light It Up is a powerful, layered story about injustice and strength.
JLG Release: Dec 2019
Awards & Honors
SLJ Best Books - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Publishers Weekly*, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine*
School Library Journal
8 1/4" x 5 1/3"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Henry Holt and Company, Inc.
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Racism, Sexual assault, Strong language, Strong sexual themes, Violence, Bullying, Alcohol, Police violence, Racist slur, Ableist language
Death, Police shootings, Race relations, African Americans,