Episode 24: The Hate U Give (New Reads November)

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The Hate U Give

Published in 2017, Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give has become a bestselling phenomenon and a conversation starter among readers of all ages. The book — which tells the story of 16-year-old Starr Carter in the days and weeks after her unarmed best friend is shot and killed by a police officer right in front of her — makes the Black Lives Matter movement all the more real for teens and assigns a relatable face to an all-too-frequent tragedy that may feel distant to kids who only hear about it on the news. Traci Thomas joins Alli on Episode 24 to discuss both the merits and the shortcomings of this hugely popular title — and to offer suggestions for important next steps. LA-based Traci hosts The Stacks podcast. Follow The Stacks on Instagram (@thestackspod).


Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

Heads of the Colored People: Stories by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater


74 Seconds podcast: Who Was Philando Castile? (Apple Podcasts)

16 Shots (Apple Podcasts)

Fruitvale Station (Amazon Prime | YouTube | iTunes | Google Play)

LISTEN TO THE STACKS PODCAST: Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify | Stitcher


“Social issues YA novels can be terrible. The Hate U Give is a stunning exception.” (Vox, 2018)

The Hate U Give: Angie Thomas’ sensational debut novel should be required reading for clueless white people” (Salon, 2017)

“Angie Thomas: the debut novelist who turned racism and and police violence into a bestseller” (The Guardian, 2017)

The Hate U Give author Angie Thomas on why it’s wrong to ban her Black Lives Matter novel” (Entertainment Weekly, 2018)

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