Light It Up

By: Kekla Magoon

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.

ISBN: 9781250128898

JLG Release: Dec 2019


Sensitive Areas: Racism, Sexual assault, Strong language, Strong sexual themes, Violence, Bullying, Alcohol, Police violence, Racist slur, Ableist language
Topics: Death , Police shootings , Race relations , African Americans

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A community that had already experienced tragedy at the hands of law enforcement is once again dealing with the effects of police violence after the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old African American girl. A witness is left struggling to rein in his anger and support his family. The local community organizer sees the tragedy as an impetus for social A community that had already experienced tragedy at the hands of law enforcement is once again dealing with the effects of police violence after the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old African American girl. A witness is left struggling to rein in his anger and support his family. The local community organizer sees the tragedy as an impetus for social change and possible promotion. The local gang lord uses the girl’s death as a way to solidify his authority within his gang and within the community. Her young friends are left wondering if they will be next. The policeman’s daughter has to deal with the tarnished image of her father. The alt-right see her death as an opportunity to insert their fringe ideology into a mainstream conversation. Many will try to co-opt her voice in an attempt to make sense of their own roles in this tragic event. Ultimately, it is her community that bears the brunt of the collateral damage inflicted by this event. This book provides a nuanced view of the ways the death of a young black girl affects a community. Different voices are fully expressed and the complex and flawed nature of each character is fully explored. Reminiscent of Magoon’s previous title How It Went Down and Ta-Nahesi Coates’s Between the World and Me, this is an important title for public and school libraries interested in thought-provoking portrayals of black life.

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In this follow-up to How It Went Down (rev. 11/14), Peach Street is seething. Two years after a young man was gunned down by police on the same street, the neighborhood must grapple with shock, loss, sorrow, and outrage after yet another “officer-involved shooting.” Shae Tatum, a thirteen-year-old girl head¬ing home from tutoring, has b In this follow-up to How It Went Down (rev. 11/14), Peach Street is seething. Two years after a young man was gunned down by police on the same street, the neighborhood must grapple with shock, loss, sorrow, and outrage after yet another “officer-involved shooting.” Shae Tatum, a thirteen-year-old girl head¬ing home from tutoring, has been shot from behind and killed. Protests erupt as the community seeks accountability and justice. However, the road to justice is riddled with many obstacles, as the voices of individuals from the neighborhood, law enforcement, and the justice system collide in a cacophony of opinions, per¬spectives, and alternate versions of the truth, as reported in the news and on social media. In a mesmerizing narrative told in a series of character vignettes, Magoon continues to explore systemic injustice and collective trauma while humanizing the people who are directly and deeply affected by them. The vignettes are often searing, heartbreaking, and raw; but tenderness, love, and hope are also promi¬nent themes. Kimberly and Jennica, friends and roommates, navigate a changing friendship; Tyrell (whose best friend Tariq was the one shot and killed two years before), now in college, attempts to leave the sorrows of Peach Street behind; Will tries to make sense of the killings through his art; Brick, the neighborhood kingpin, threatens violence of his own while unexpectedly finding love instead. The masterful interweaving of stories provides a simultaneously intimate and bird’s-eye view of a nation that preaches “justice for all” but has yet to fully grant it.

Book Details

ISBN

9781250128898

First Release

December 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/3"

Page Count

368

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

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

Topics

Death, Police shootings, Race relations, African Americans,

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