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How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

No one denies that Jack Franklin shot Tariq Johnson and then fled the scene, only to be caught and released soon after. No one can agree on anything else. Some will swear Tariq had a gun. Others are certain he did not. Brian could have sworn the shop keeper said, “Stop. Thief.” The shop keeper says he was only trying to return Tariq’s change, and denies that he was robbed—no matter how many times he’s asked. Was it self-defense? Was it a racially motivated hate crime? Was Tariq an innocent bystander or a gang member?

Told through eighteen voices, this novel examines the aftermath of a shooting where the facts are scarce and mean little compared to what people are sure is true. Recommended for high school and up.


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