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Angie Thomas      

Best-Selling Young-Adult Novelist

Angie Thomas is a best-selling young-adult novelist. Her debut novel The Hate U Give debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times young-adult hardcover best-seller list, it also scored a National Book Award nomination and a movie deal,

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.

In The Hate U Give, sixteen-year-old Starr Carter navigates between the poverty-stricken neighborhood she has grown up in and the upper-crust suburban prep school she attends. Her life is upended when she is the sole witness to a police officer shooting her best friend, Khalil, who turns out to have been unarmed during the confrontation – but may or may not have been a drug dealer. As Starr finds herself even more torn between the two vastly different worlds she inhabits, she also has to contend with speaking her truth and, in the process, trying to stay alive herself.

Thomas is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books for The Hate U Give.

She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University.



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