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Mrs Barber, Stockport School Carnegie Readers

The Hate U Give

A hard-hitting, painful yet moving attempt to articulate some of the concerns and thoughts about race.
We follow sixteen-year-old Starr through a (thankfully, for me) unimaginable series of events. Her father has walked away from the gang culture surrounding them, but Starr attends an almost-exclusively white prep school and is caught between two very different worlds.
When Starr witnesses the shooting of her best friend by a police officer it sparks a major story. Given the events taking place in America that we see relayed, the feelings and ideas expressed here are shared by many.
This is a tough book to read. It doesn't shy away from tackling our prejudices, and sometimes it does this in a way that some readers might find a little blunt. As vital as this book is for getting people to consider attitudes to race, I think this book was fascinating for the portrayal of Starr and her determination to make her voice heard.
I would whole-heartedly recommend this, but the language/content might mean younger readers would be advised to approach with caution.

Posted on: 15th March 2018 at 10:29 am

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