Teen Reader’s Choice Award Spotlight Nominee: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Monday, May 7, 2018

“I shouldn’t have come to this party.”

Soon after uttering this declaration the two worlds in which Starr Carter exists collide in Angie Thomas’ New York Times bestselling YA novel, The Hate U Give.  8 starred reviews cannot be mistaken. Everyone should read this book.  With a phrase coined by rapper Tupac Shakur as the title, Thomas’ book hits on the timely topics of racial profiling, police brutality, and the Black Lives Matter movement.   One goodreads.com reviewer states [Starr Carter] is resilient, authentic, and everything we need in adolescents today.”  Starr’s genuine and relevant voice will not only make you think twice about injustice, you will want to stand up with her and take action for justice in our society too.

A glimpse into this powerful YA Novel….

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. (From Balzer + Bray)

The Hate U Give is Angie Thomas’ first YA novel. Thomas resides in Jackson Mississippi, where she was born and raised. Formerly a teen rapper, Angie Thomas holds a BFA in creative writing from Belhaven University.  One highlight of her short lived rap career was appearing in RightOn Magazine.

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Angie shares some fun facts about herself in this video from Epic Reads.


The praises keep pouring in for Angie Thomas’ debut YA novel:

"This story is necessary. This story is important." —Kirkus (starred review)

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds

"Stunning." —John Green

Heartbreakingly topical." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Beautifully written in Starr’s authentic first-person voice, this is a marvel of verisimilitude as it insightfully examines two worlds in collision. An inarguably important book that demands the widest possible readership.” – Booklist (starred review)

“This is tragically timely, hard-hitting, and an ultimate prayer for change. Don’t look away from this searing battle for justice. Rally with Starr.” — Adam Silvera, New York Times bestselling author of MORE HAPPY THAN NOT
"A powerful, in-your-face novel." —Horn Book (starred review)

“Ultimately the book emphasizes the need to speak up about injustice. That’s a message that will resonate with all young people concerned with fairness, and Starr’s experience will speak to readers who know Starr’s life like their own and provide perspective for others.” — BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS (starred review)

Don’t Forget! It’s All Up To You Now! So Read And Be Ready To Vote!

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