Quote of the Day – May 23, 2019

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“Crazy. It was the same word María and Tía Rosa flung at Grandpa Lázaro. The same word anyone said when they didn’t understand something. “Crazy” was a way to shut people up, disregard them entirely.”
― Daniel José Older, Shadowshaper

Quote of the Day – May 20, 2019

The Hate U Give

“Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It means you go on even though you’re scared.”
– THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas

Book Review: On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 464 pages

Published: February 5, 2019

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic

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Books to Read This Month: February Edition

February might be the shortest month but that doesn’t mean you won’t have enough time to enjoy great reads! From hip-hop to a thrilling mystery in the Scottish Highlands, this month brings great new releases that will make February the most entertaining month, instead of the shortest month, of the year:

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Banned Books Week 2018: Top Challenged Books

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Fight for your right to read!

This week is Banned Books Week, a week-long annual celebration that celebrates the freedom to read. Everyday, books are challenged and banned for their content, just because there is a chance that it might offend someone. So that is why the book community -librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and book lovers alike-come together to celebrate and value of free and open access to information. Everyone has the right to seek and express new ideas, even it turns out to be unpopular to some people.

So, here are the top challenged 10 books of 2017. Make sure to read these books in defiance:

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The Hate U Give Trailer is Released

20th Century Fox released the trailer for the upcoming adaptation of the critically acclaimed bestseller, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  Continue reading “The Hate U Give Trailer is Released”

The Hate U Give Wins 2018 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

HateUGive_10-10SnapThe popular YA novel, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, is the Overall Winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2018. The well reviewed novel, which also won the Older Fiction category, was considered to be “remarkable debut seizes the sorrow and hope of the Black Lives Matter movement and creates a story that blazes with injustice and inspiration”.  Continue reading “The Hate U Give Wins 2018 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize”

Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Format:  Hardcover

Pages: 464 pages

Published: February 28, 2017

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction

 

 

 

Synopsis:

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.

Powerful, riveting, provoking…there are so many words to describe this great YA book. As a teen librarian, I have to read a lot of YA books and there not many that leaves with a resonated a feeling of empowerment and emotional feeling. This book was one of the realist books I have ever read in the longest time. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this book takes a deep look at the shooting of an unarmed black teenager  by a police officer. It approaches an issue that has deeply affected everyone in this country. And this book does a beautiful job addressing issues that concern young teens of this generation. They will feel a personal connection to both the story it tells and the characters who are of that story.

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