Angie Thomas was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and is 31 years old. Angie has a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and a degree in Hip Hop. She is also a winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Angie’s award-winning, acclaimed debut novel, The Hate U Give, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and major motion picture from Fox 2000. Angie also has a second novel, On the Come Up. According to About Angie Thomas
“The Hate U Give is about sixteen-year-old Starr Carter and the two different worlds she lives in: the poor neighborhood where she lives, and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is broken when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. As Khalil’s death becomes national news, local cops and the neighborhood drug lord try to scare Starr and her family before she goes in front of a grand jury. But 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.”
starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by George Tillman, Jr. According to Good Reads. And here is a link to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYww4B7wEPw
Angie Thomas also wrote, “On The Come Up” which is also an amazing book.
It is about “Sixteen-year-old Bri who wants to be one of the best rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri not just wants to make it—she has to make it.”
According to Good reads
Here is a link to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNs2uVPUnv0
I would read these books because these books are really impactful they talk about how people have different privileges then others and how some people assume that others are starting trouble because of the color of their skin or if people look different they get treated differently. So I think these books really show the fact of life that people should be treated the same even if we all look different we should all treat everyone the same. You should read these books because they do make you think about things differently.
Story by Ansel Della Guaredia