You’ve read The Hate You Give. Or, maybe saw the movie. You’re compelled and want more of the same: engaging story that engages social issues, racial politics and human realities. Here are a few suggestions to keep you reading.
All of these items are available here in the Media Center. You can check availability in the catalogue here.
Want a little more romance? Try The Truth of Right Now by Kara Lee Corthron, “In twenty-first-century New York City, the fact that Lily is white and Dari is black shouldn’t matter that much, but nothing’s as simple as it seems.” – amazon
Want a male protagonist? Try Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles, “When Marvin Johnson’s twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.” – amazon
Want a graphic novel? Try I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina & Stacey Robinson & John Jennings, “But as he is buying his first suit, an off-duty police officer mistakes a clothes hanger for a gun, and he shoots Alfonso.” – amazon
Want non-fiction? Try The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives, by Dashka Slater: Sasha and Richard’s worlds collide when one of them sets the other on fire on a public bus in Oakland, CA.
Want another look at the bystander perspective? Try All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, “two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.” – amazon
Want non-fiction and an immigrant perspective? Try Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi, “At thirteen, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States.” – amazon
Want journal entries and more conversation? Try Dear Martin by Nic Stone, “Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.” – amazon
Want to look at more versions of the truth? How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon, “In the aftermath of Tariq’s death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up. Day by day, new twists further obscure the truth.” – amazon
Want a father & son relationship? Try Anger Is a Gift, “But sometimes Moss still wishes he could be someone else―someone without panic attacks, someone whose father was still alive, someone who hadn’t become a rallying point for a community because of one horrible night.” – amazon
Want even more suggestions?
School Library Journal has collected great titles here.
Book Riot’s collection is different but equally good. You can check it out here.