31 days of diverse books {13}

If you didn’t catch my last post, I shared a fun way to make the Bamboo Libraries even MORE AWESOME–by buying a beautiful, diverse book (or two) from our Bamboo Library Amazon Wish List.

Thank you!!

Today’s book is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. You might remember me talking about it on Instagram and Facebook a few months ago:

Sometimes story is the only thing powerful enough to open our stubborn eyes and hearts to truth. Strong language disclaimer, but a disclaimer disclaimer too: I think we white Christians tend to be more offended by someone using the F word than by a police officer killing an unarmed black boy/man. (This is not acceptable.) I want my daughters to read this book (one is reading it–and loving it–right now) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for The Hate U Give, plus a bonus ⭐️ for being a powerful catalyst for changed minds & hearts. Read it, friends.

And I have more to say in this bigger space.

Starr Carter is a 16yo girl who lives in a poor black neighborhood but attends a private suburban school.

“The uneasy balance between these two 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.” (from inside the book jacket)

Why do I want you to read this book?

For one thing, it’s just a great story. “To be a human being,” Madeleine L’Engle said, “is to be able to listen to a story, to tell a story, and to know that story is the most perfect vehicle of truth available to the human being.”

She also said once: “Children love story because it is true.”

And that’s the other reason I want you to read it. Because it’s true. T.H.U.G. is a made-up story, yes, but goodness, it’s packed full of truth. Real things that are happening all around our country even as I type.

And, for some of us, who didn’t grow up in a neighborhood like Starr’s, who don’t have skin the color of Starr’s, we might never know what’s like to live life as a young black teen. But through this beautifully written story, we can take a peek into her life and understand just a little more.

I love Starr’s family dynamics, and you’ll fall in love with all of them as you read. They’re in the middle of filming the movie of The Hate U Give, starring Amanda Stenberg. I can’t wait!

And just this week, Angie Thomas posted the release of a new YA fiction along the same lines of T.H.U.G. It’s called Dear Martin by Nic Stone, and I just reserved it from our online digital library.

If you want to learn more about racial injustice, but some of the more “academic” books I’ve posted intimidate you, The Hate U Give is for you.

Thanks so much for writing it, Angie! You are a brilliant writer with a huge heart. I love following you on social media, and I can’t wait for your next book!

Day 1: Introduction
Day 2: Books by/about refugees.
Day 3: Books about race & faith.
Day 4: Books about race & faith, cont’d.
Day 5: Book about a family with a transgender child.
Day 6: Just Mercy.
Day 7: The New Jim Crow.
Day 8: Rescuing Jesus.
Day 9: The Very Good Gospel.
Day 10: The Fire Next Time
Day 11: The Color Purple.
Day 12: Diverse Books for Bamboo Libraries

(All links are Amazon Associate links.)

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