Student Diversity & Inclusion Services Book Club


Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the J-Term book club, which will be reading and discussing THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas during four sessions.

Date & Time:

Thursday, January 3, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Anderson Student Center, Woulfe Hall North

Student Diversity and Inclusion Services is offering its annual J-Term book club again to all St. Thomas students, faculty, and staff. The pick for the upcoming J-Term 2019 session is Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, a Correta Scott King Honor book, and on the National Book Award longlist. St. Thomas tudents who register for the book club in ASC 224 will receive a free copy of the book.

The club will meet for four Thursday's from 12:00-1:00 p.m. (January 3, 10, 17, 24). On January 10, the author, Angie Thomas, will be joining in on Zoom.

Story Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. 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.


Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books.

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