How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
T has been shot in the street by a white man. Was he armed? Was it self-defence? Why do all the witnesses have a different version of what went down?
Very, very good. Short chapters, easy flow, hard hitting reality of living in a bad neighbourhood. Either running into or away from gangs. The desperation, poverty, hopelessness is tragic but sympathetically written.
You don’t always have a choice whether you join a gang or not. The boys of Peach Street don’t have many choices. It’s either the Stingers or the Kings. The girls don’t have much hope either.
This book should draw in reluctant boys 13+ but is a gripping read for all ages. Strong girl / women characters.