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A black teen is shot in Kekla Magoon's 'How It Went Down'
A black teen is shot in Kekla Magoon's 'How It Went Down'

Kekla Magoon's riveting postmortem account of a tragic shooting is as familiar a scenario in contemporary urban YA fiction as it has been in recent national headlines. "How It Went Down" opens seconds after a white bystander, Jack Franklin, guns down African American teen Tariq Johnson after a confrontation in front of the Underhill neighborhood convenience store. Many witnesses narrate the shooting from their vantage points, including various members of the local 8-5 Kings gang and their affiliates as well as the convenience store owner. We soon learn that young Tariq was on a grocery errand for his family and was holding a Snickers candy bar in the sleeve of his black...

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