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Kekla Magoon

Forfatter af How It Went Down

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Kekla Magoon is a writer, editor, speaker, and educator. She is the author of Camo Girl, 37 Things I Love (in No Particular Order), How It Went Down, and numerous non-fiction titles for the education market. Her book, The Rock and the River, won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award. She also vis mere leads writing workshops for youth and adults and is the co-editor of YA and Children's Literature for Hunger Mountain, the arts journal of Vermont College. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Omfatter også følgende navne: K. Magoon, Kekla Magoon

Image credit: Author Kekla Magoon at the 2019 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas, United States. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83622654


Værker af Kekla Magoon

How It Went Down (2014) 603 eksemplarer
X: A Novel (2015) 576 eksemplarer
The Rock and the River (2009) 514 eksemplarer
The Season of Styx Malone (2018) 403 eksemplarer
Camo Girl (2011) 130 eksemplarer
Light It Up (2019) 129 eksemplarer
Fire in the Streets (2012) 93 eksemplarer
She Persisted: Ruby Bridges (2021) 52 eksemplarer
Chester Keene Cracks the Code (2022) 40 eksemplarer
The Minus-One Club (2023) 39 eksemplarer
Infinity Riders (2016) 32 eksemplarer

Associated Works

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America (2019) — Bidragyder — 524 eksemplarer
Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves (2012) — Bidragyder — 112 eksemplarer
Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love (2018) — Bidragyder — 57 eksemplarer
I See Reality: Twelve Short Stories About Real Life (2016) — Bidragyder — 40 eksemplarer
Things I'll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves (2015) — Bidragyder — 25 eksemplarer

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I received this book in my first YA Quarterly box from Book Riot.

When it arrived this book seemed especially timely because there were riots happening in Baltimore because a young black man had been killed in police custody. The scenarios are not identical but both deal with young black men, killed in unclear circumstances by a white person. (Baltimore is more complicated that that but I'm not getting into all that here.)

How It Went Down is told from multiple POV the shooter, the witnesses, the family and friends of both and members of the media. It makes very clear the complicated feelings surrounding the death, illustrates how different eyewitness accounts can be and how vehemently people believe that what they "saw" was true.

It gave me an insight into the mind and day to day life of a young black man - something I think a middle aged white woman really needs to understand.

Despite the subject matter it's an easy book to read and quite enjoyable. It took me a month because it was a physical book and I tend to read at night on my kindle. I had to make time for this and when I finally did I read it in a single day.
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hmonkeyreads | 37 andre anmeldelser | Jan 25, 2024 |
Representation: Biracial (half Black and half white) and Black characters
Trigger warnings: Disappearance of a child, death of a father in the past
Score: Six points out of ten.
I own this book. This review can also be found on The StoryGraph.

I am glad to say that the author didn't commit cultural appropriation. It's authentic. I never saw this novel before until I found this one in the library giveaway, so I picked it up. I put it off for a while until I had to get it again after I burned through some other novels and finally read it. When I finished Camo Girl, it was only okay, even though I appreciated some of its strengths. It starts with the first character I see, Emma, whose last name I forgot, living in a predominately white suburb near Las Vegas and goes to a PWI. She's the only biracial girl (scratch that! She's the only biracial person, given the circumstances) at school for the first few pages. Ella's only friend is a person named Zachary who as far as I can tell is neurodivergent, with an implied learning disorder/disability and most prominently, a wild imagination much to his detriment as no one wants him except Ella. Only a few pages in, another person, Bailey, arrives at her school as a new student (making him the only Black person in the institution), and everything is going well for Ella, but soon enough, the cracks surface. Here's where the flaws appear: the characters are likable, but not the most relatable. The only reason Bailey is the antagonist is that he tried to convince Ella to be popular by not being friends with Z. Other than that, he doesn't seem that bad. The central conflict is to listen to Z or not. She chooses the latter, and towards the conclusion, Z gets lost, but fortunately, the other characters find him, finishing the narrative on a high note.… (mere)
Law_Books600 | 8 andre anmeldelser | Jan 19, 2024 |
Very wholesome, funny, endearing book.
mslibrarynerd | 12 andre anmeldelser | Jan 13, 2024 |
I love, love, love this. It reminded me of Maniac Magee in the best way (and it’s not super problematic like Maniac). I’m hoping, betting, guessing it gets major award love.
LibrarianDest | 12 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2024 |



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