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The Hate U Give: A Must-Read Book Becomes a Must-See Movie

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (February 28, 2017)
8 starred reviews ∙ William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book
"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."

Now, just a year-and-a-half later, the most-talked about book of 2017 becomes what will surely be a much-discussed movie.  The Hate U Give opens nationwide October 19, 2018.  Starring Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson, Issa Rae, and Sabrina Carpenter, with Common and Anthony Mackie.  I will definitely be catching it this month.  See you at the movies.

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Little Women Reimagined

This week, there are two major news items tied to Louisa May Alcott's classic novel!

1. For 150 years, Little Women has inspired women of all ages. It’s a timeless classic, passed down from generation to generation. Originally published on Sept. 30, 1868, Little Women continues to encourage, challenge and push readers to new heights. And there is now the 150th Anniversary Illustrated Edition featuring the art of Shreya Gupta.

2. Little Women is getting a modern update in a new movie starring Lea Thompson and Lucas Grabeel.  From girls playing in the attic to women living with purpose, the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—are committed to always supporting each other. Yet, growing up sometimes means growing apart.  An aspiring writer, Jo leaves for New York determined to publish a novel. In the wake of rejected draft upon draft, her editor challenges Jo to write about something more interesting—her family.  When tragedy brings the sisters back home, sticking together takes on new meaning. As Jo comforts her sick sister, Beth asks for one thing: a story.  Jo knows the perfect one … by heart.

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Read The New York Times article 'Little Women' Marches On: Fans Celebrate the Novels 150th Anniversary.

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Banned Books Week 2018

Banned Books Week is September 23-29, 2018!  This year's theme is BANNING BOOKS SILENCES STORIES.  SPEAK OUT!  This means you should celebrate not just this week but every week.  And you should do more than read one of the most banned books of 2017.  You should speak out whenever you encounter censorship.  You can learn more and find ways to spread the word on the resources page of the official website.  You'll also find information about a new initiative called Dear Banned Author.   This is a letter-writing campaign hosted by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. During Banned Books Week, readers are encouraged to write to their favorite banned or challenged authors, sharing what their stories meant to them. The goal of the campaign is to not only raise awareness of books that are threatened with censorship and support authors, but also encourage thoughtful discussions about the power of words and how essential it is to have access to a variety of viewpoints in libraries.

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The Fiction Department has a book display to help you find titles.  And, of course, you can always ask any librarian or staff member for a recommendation.

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