The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Audiobook CD - 2017
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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.
Publisher: [New York] :, Harper Collins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: Retail edition
ISBN: 9780062677099
0062677098
Branch Call Number: YASCD FICTION Thomas
Characteristics: 10 audio discs (approximately 11 hrs. 45 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Turpin, Bahni - Narrator
Alternative Title: Hate you give [sound recording]

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Jan 05, 2018

I read this book based on the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Blog informing me that the book had been banned from the Katy (TX) Independent School District. Superintendant "Dr. Hindt has cited that he can remove The Hate U Give because he believes it to be “pervasively vulgar.” There is no official definition or qualification for when a book reaches this label. Rather, hundreds of literary experts and educators have deemed the book outstanding and educationally suitable (read starred reviews of The Hate U Give at the end of this post). The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom has not come across a published review that reflects Dr. Hindt’s concerns that the book is “pervasively vulgar.” If profanity is the reason for the book’s ban, why haven’t other books in Katy ISD libraries been banned for “vulgarity”?I" The book has received starred reviews from Horn Book, School Library Journal, Book List. For me the vulgarity was used in context, and, the little brother was always calling out his siblings and father for $1 fine when used. What is important is the story that is told about the struggle of making your voice heard when it is important to speak up to further humanity and social justice no matter what environment we find ourselves. I highly recommend this for people who don't live in a minority or urban area and want to further understand the struggle.

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