This book couldn’t be even more timely. While I haven’t read the book, based on the summary, this would be a good book to put in the hands of students of all colors to help them make sense of all the horrible tragedies taking place in the past few weeks.
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
Henry Holt and Co.
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. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads