Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice

by Marianne Celano PhD

Hardcover, 2018





Magination Press (2018), Edition: 1, 32 pages


After discussing the police shooting of a local Black man with their families, Emma and Josh know how to treat a new student who looks and speaks differently than his classmates.

User reviews

LibraryThing member eo206
This is a good book for a guided discussion about police shootings of Black people by police. It covers bullying, kindness, bias, police brutality, and individual action. I'm glad it is now a tool for adults and kids who want to or need to have a conversation about law enforcement violence and people of color. The authors were clear in not painting all of law enforcement as violent, and they don't gloss over that police brutality does happen. I appreciate the nuanced views. I also appreciate there are clear actions even kids can take in stopping age appropriate bullying to give kids clear ways to act and take agency in situations.… (more)
LibraryThing member Carlathelibrarian
Unfortunately, this is a much needed book in our world right now. It tries to explain to children about the shooting of an unarmed black man. The parents of a white child and of a black child each explain to their children about the history of racism, slavery and how people are unfairly treated based upont he colour of their skin or their names. In one family a teenage brother also shared his ideas, which show us that there is much work to be done. The idea is to try and teach them to change this pattern and unfairness. In the book, the children pair up to help a new child feel welcome in their school. This child is named Omad. This is also timely as there are so many refugees in both Canada and the U.S. and are often targeted as terrorists. Even though the book is explaining the shooting of a black man, it is able to be used to show racism about any group. What a wonderful book to read to children in middle grades, especially when doing a unit on Social Justice. The youth will change the world and this is a good start to education them about the injustices that occur. This is not a book I would read to young children, I would use it with children in junior grades and up. The publisher, Magination Press, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, opinions and ideas are my own.… (more)


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Physical description

32 p.; 8.25 inches


1433828545 / 9781433828546


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