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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 13-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. 

Told in a series of vignettes from multiple viewpoints, Light It Up is a powerful, layered story about injustice and strength - as well as an incredible follow-up to the highly acclaimed 2014 novel How It Went Down.

©2019 Kekla Magoon (P)2019 Recorded Books

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  • 19-02-21


Follows the spread of the news and impact of a police shooting of a child throughout a community, with many more perspectives, well told, than I could have expected. This was like being at a very excellent play. I have not seen enough solid praise for this work. It deserves more acknowledgement.