The Day Tajon Got Shot

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The Day Tajon Got Shot

14.99

ISBN: 978-0996927451

2017 INDIES Winner for Young Author (17 and Under)
2018 Top Fiction Winner - In the Margins Book Awards

Meet Tajon.

Tajon is sixteen and black. He's tall and skinny, and he has dreadlocks. Tajon works hard and tries his best to be good. He does O.K. in school. He has plans. He's determined.

Tajon is the kind of son who cares about his family. He's the kind of brother who stands up for his sister. He's the kind of kid who dreams big dreams to get himself and those he loves up and out of the hood.

Tajon is the one who gets shot.

Meet the Authors

In March 2015, ten teen girls from Beacon House in Washington, DC started writing a novel during the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. They began with one central question: What really happens in a community when a black youth is the victim of violence by police? How are those lives affected? Each writer takes on the perspective of a central character – the victim, the police officer, the witness, the parent, the friend, the officer's kids – and examines how it feels to be a human being on all sides of this event. Their stories thoughtfully explore issues of race, violence, loyalty, and justice in a community torn apart but seeking connection.

Learn more about Beacon House and other Beacon House books. 

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 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Jacqueline Woodson, proudly displaying her copy of  The Day Tajon Got Shot

2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Jacqueline Woodson, proudly displaying her copy of The Day Tajon Got Shot

MEDIA COVERAGE

School Library Journal – "10 Books to Read After The Hate U Give"
The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU – "How Ten Teen Girls from D.C. Wrote a Novel About A Fictional Police Shooting"
WUSA 9 – "Local teens write a novel about police-involved shootings" 
Rich in Color review
DC Public Library Author Talk - February 8, 2018
Black Lit Matters: Unheard Voices on Race and Justice - AWP Conference


READER RESPONSES

 - Jason Reynolds , award-winning and  New York Times  best-selling author of  All American Boys,  the Track series , Long Way Down, Miles Morales: Spider Man,  and more. 

-Jason Reynolds, award-winning and New York Times best-selling author of All American Boys, the Track series, Long Way Down, Miles Morales: Spider Man, and more. 


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