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What to Read Next: Light it Up

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The beauty of books comes from the array of voices inside them. Kekla Magoon's Light it Up adds to this beauty. It's a brilliant novel with 15 voices that portray a community's reaction after the shooting of a Black teenage girl with a disability, whose shooting comes only a year after an unarmed Black teenage boy is shot by a white police officer.

This is a powerful title, accompanied by another, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, that holds similar themes of racial tension and police brutality. So full and rich in character development, our authors draws the reader into the storyline where emotions run deep. Going deeper, the unfolding of events in The Hate U Give shows the power of being proud of who you are and living in truth.

Equally as emotionally intense is the power of Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely's voice through the book All American Boys. It's truly a breathtakingly, thought-provoking call-to-action kind of book based on the premise of racial tension and police brutality. Our authors have a way of speaking to teens that relates to the experience of so many alongside a very powerful message.

If you're looking for another title on racial tensions, consider reading or listening to Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles. If you like stories with multiple perspectives similar to All American Boys and Light it Up, I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones is truly compelling.

For more reading material and to learn about race and racism in America, visit our Racism in America book lists.