Join the staff-led discussion of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
Appropriate for ages 14+. The author will not attend the event.
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: her poor neighborhood and her suburban prep school. 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, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some call him a thug, a drug dealer or gang member. Protesters take to the streets in Khalil’s name. Police 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.
Author Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books.