Saturday, March 23
The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
Now a major motion picture starring Amandla Stenberg and Regina Hall, this stunning young adult novel is a great read for anyone, adults or teens, from grade 8 and up. It tells a harrowing story: Starr Carter, an African American teen, witnesses her dear friend Khalil being shot and killed by a police officer when he is driving her home from a party. Starr must testify before a grand jury on whether to indict the officer, even while she is facing gang pressure at home, subtle racism at her mostly-white school, and all the normal pressures that come with being a teen. John Green, author of The Fault of Our Stars, said about this book “Angie Thomas has written a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time.” This #1 New York Times Bestseller was a Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best winner, National Book Award longlist, and Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Join writer Mary Van Keuren in a discussion of the book and the issues it raises.