The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas features Starr Carter, an African American teenager who sees her childhood best friend, Khalil Harris, being shot and killed by a police officer after a routine traffic stop escalates into Khalil’s untimely demise. Starr is then forced to decide whether she will adhere to the unspoken laws of her local neighborhood and stay silent about the injustice she had witnessed, or testify in front of a grand jury and join an ongoing movement to end racist/xenophobic violence and police misconduct in communities across her area.Read More
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Teen SRC 2020 – Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes & Friendship by Irene Latham & Charles Waters
This book reflects serious topics like racism, rights and friendship. A lot of adult stuff. This book is written by 2 people with very different perspectives on life. They have reflected on their childhoods and how skin color doesn’t split people into groups. Just because you have a different skin color then someone else, doesn’t mean you can’t be friends. This book is great for middle school students and for anyone really. You don’t have to wear a specific type of shoes to “fit in”. Everyone is a person and should be treated like one no matter how different they look. This is a very deep story and great for middle school teaching.
This is such a heartfelt story because Mia [main character] changed everybody lives, and now its her chance to change her own life. Mia was struggling so hard and this book really represents real problems that poor immigrants all face. In so many movies, they make it look like if you immigrate to America you will suddenly be rich, have a penthouse, a pool, and so many other things, Wrong. This is a true story, it does not happen with a snap of your fingers. — Erin S
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
From World War II through NASA’s golden age, four African-American women confidently and courageously stepped into the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (now known as NASA). Their job? To provide the mathematical calculations that would help increase airplane production during wartime and eventually send the United States into space for the very first time. Hidden Figures follows the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who participated in some of the United States’ greatest aeronautics successes. These women lived through and persevered against the backdrop of some of the biggest movements ever to shape our nation’s history: the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, and the fight for gender equality.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, author Harper Lee uses memorable characters to explore civil rights and racism in the segregated Southern United States of the 1930s. Told through the eyes of Scout Finch, you learn about her father Atticus Finch, an attorney who hopelessly strives to prove the innocence of a black man unjustly accused of rape; and about Boo Radley, a mysterious neighbor who saves Scout and her brother Jem from being killed.
I enjoyed this book very much. The characters within the story are amazing. Harper Lee did an excellent job of capturing the reading with every page. It is a wonderful book about growing up and racial challenges. The morals in the story are relevant today and are very important. I would definitely recommend this book to others and would happily read it again.
This book is a MUST-READ for anyone. I recommended it to my friend, and she said that she bought a copy from Indigo. The last time I saw her book, it was all worn out. I really loved Starr, the protagonist of the novel, because she seemed so resilient, authentic, and everything I want to be. I can (almost) assure you that you’ll end up falling head over heels for this magnificent binder of pages in which we call a book. Angie Thomas writes in such a powerful voice- a voice that will be heard and listened to through Canada to the US, from Japan to Africa.
I really recommend this book to everyone who wants to make a difference in the world. I know I haven’t told you much about the book, but I really don’t know how without spoiling it!
To Kill a Mockingbird is a very famous classic, written by Harper Lee. Set in the small town of Maycomb, Alaska, there lives “Scout” Finch, the 9 year old protagonist and her brother, Jem Finch and her father, a lawyer, Atticus Finch. The story begins with Scout and Jem leading ordinary, but happy lives, when suddenly, the whole towns talks about Tom Robinson, an African slave who was convicted of raping a young girl. The biggest talk of the town, however, was about Atticus, and how he stepped up to defend Tom Robinson. Eager to find more about the Tom Robinson case, Scout sneaks into her father’s meetings and asks people around town about it.
I would give this book a 5/5 as it was written very well, and was moving. It gave me an awareness on how Africans were forced to be slaves and didn’t have many rights as human beings. I also loved Scout’s personality, as she was curious and very pleasant. I recommend this book to anyone who likes stories about the past and about history.