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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Holt Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780805098693336 Pages, Ages 14-18
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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.
Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year, Virginia Readers' Choice, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, Coretta Scott King Honor, Author, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults
Red. Black. White. That's all I remember. It was a blur, like a dream sequence in the sort of movie that comes with subtitles.
Red. Blood, spreading like spilled ink.