Teacher’s Guide: Light It Up

Light It Up by Kekla Magoon

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

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 thirteen-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.


2020 School & Library Events

We’re coming to a city near you! Check our events page for updates on author signings, conferences programs and panels, ARC giveaways, and more.

January 24-28
American Library Association Midwinter Meeting
Philadelphia, PA
Booth 1241

February 29
San Antonio, Texas

February 25-27
Public Library Association Conference
Nashville, Tennessee

March 6-7
North Texas Teen Book Festival
Irving, Texas

March 24-26
Texas Library Association Conference
Houston, Texas
Booth 1431

See all of our 2020 events here →


Listen here for this exciting Q and A with four of the five authors nominated for YALSA’s 2020 William C. Morris Debut Award, an honor presented annually to first-time authors writing for teens. Featuring conversations with Ben Philippe (The Field Guide to the North American Teenager), David Yoon (Frankly in Love), Katy Rose Pool (There Will Come a Darkness), and Nafiza Azad (The Candle and the Flame), this free, hour-long webinar will be moderated by Booklist Books for Youth editor—and Morris Award Committee consultant—Sarah Hunter. For more information about the Morris Award, visit http://www.ala.org/yalsa/morris-award.

Enter to win a copy of CODE THIS GAME!

Celebrate Computer Science Education Week (12/9 – 12/15) by entering to win a copy of Code This Game! by Meg Ray, illustrated by Keith Zoo!

Code This Game! is a nonfiction visual guide that teaches young readers, ages 10-14, how to program and create their very own video game. Each chapter introduces key coding concepts as kids build an action strategy game in Python, an open-source programming language. The book features an innovative stand-up format that allows kids to read, program, and play their game simultaneously.

With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, Code This Game! teaches kids to build a strategy action game called “Attack of the Vampire Pizzas!” The book also teaches how to modify the game and follow one’s imagination by incorporating downloadable art assets. By the time kids finish the book, they’ll have mastered basic coding concepts and created a personalized game.

This contest is open to teachers and librarians only. Contest ends on December 2, 2019. Five (5) winners will be chosen.

No purchase necessary. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older. Entry period begins at 12:00 am on Monday, November 18, 2019 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Monday, December 2, 2019. Void where prohibited. Sponsored by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, 120 Broadway, 24th Floor 10271. Official rules below.

Enter for your chance to win here →