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Light It Up

by Kekla Magoon

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Light It Up by Kekla Magoon
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2019
    368 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Told in a series of vignettes from multiple viewpoints, Kekla Magoon's Light It Up is a powerful, layered story about injustice and strength - as well as an incredible follow-up to the highly acclaimed novel How It Went Down.

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.

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"The novel doesn't shy away from the ugly and foundational role racism plays in American life, policing, and media coverage, nor does it neglect to examine black America's strength in the face of adversity. Like How It Went Down, this gritty, emotional tale will leave readers gutted and compelled to stand against flawed systems." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The wide range of personalities, rich details, and nuanced connections make this a stellar and important read. This companion to a modern classic offers an even deeper, more layered depiction of the impact of a police shooting." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Nuanced...Thought-provoking." - School Library Journal (starred review)

"A clarion call for action." - Booklist (starred review)

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Kekla Magoon

Kekla Magoon is the author of several books for young adults, including 37 Things I Love, the Coretta Scott King Honor/John Steptoe Award-winning The Rock and the River, and the Coretta Scott King Honor book How It Went Down. She has also contributed to the anthology Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love. She lives in Vermont.

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