The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas tells the story of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter who sees her childhood friend Khalil shot by a police officer. Starr and Khalil are African-American. The police officer is white. Starr, who attends a mostly white prep school, but lives in a black neighborhood, must bear witness as Khalil’s character is attacked in the press and the police don’t seem to care that he has been killed. This book puts the reader inside a tense and emotional situation where they will feel empathy for Starr and her friends. As a story that mirrors real-life events, this book is important. Scheduled for release February 28, 2017, you can click here to order The Hate U Give from Amazon or find it at other great bookstores.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman was released February 7, 2017. Gaiman, the award-winning author of American Gods, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, and lots of other amazing books, has written about the Norse gods using his gift for story telling to bring them to life. You can click here to order Norse Mythology from Amazon or find it at other great bookstores.
The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan is about friendship under the most difficult of circumstances. The story is told by Charlie Law, who begins with a tense scene: “It was hard to remain silent. I tried. I really did,….” Charlie and his family are huddled together waiting for bombs to drop, but these words also foreshadow the experiences that Charlie will describe in his story. Charlie lives in Little Town where life is severely restricted and which borders on Old Country that “doesn’t like how certain things are done here….They think it’s all wrong, undemocratic. Inhumane.” Charlie becomes friends with Pavel, an Old Country refugee, and the teens find circumstances make it impossible to live within the rules. Library Journal says, “This book brings light to communities where teens are struggling under a repressive government or regime pressured by a larger neighboring nation.” The book was awarded the Costa Children’s Book Award for 2016. You can click here to purchase The Bombs That Brought Us Together from Amazon or find it at other great bookstores.