Book Lists

Books to Try After Reading ‘The Hate U Give’

Loved The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (or still waiting to get your hands on a copy)? Check out some of these titles:

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

Marvin’s twin brother, Tyler, has been shot and killed by a police officer. Marvin, who was being looked at by MIT, is now left to deal with his grief, the outrage his brother’s death has caused, and his path to advocate for his brother and those that are left behind.



Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson

When Mary was nine she was convicted of killing the (white) infant her mother was babysitting. Since then she has been in one form of juvenile detention or another and has kept her mouth shut on her past. At sixteen she has a boyfriend and is pregnant and realizes if she wants custody of her baby she’s going to need to start talking about what happened.


Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Two stories; in two different times. Rowan lives in the present day and discovers a skeleton on her family’s property. William’s story takes place nearly a hundred years ago, with events leading up to the  1921 Tulsa Race Riot.



How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon

Tariq’s community is thrown into upheaval after he is shot and killed by a white man. Everyone has something to say about it, but no two accounts quite match. What really happened on that day?



I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina

Alfonso is dead. Shot by police when shopping for his first suit (to celebrate his father’s release from prison). As a ghost he explores his life and the lives that touched him, including the police officer that killed him.



Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Steve Harmon is on trial as an accomplice to murder. Steve recounts his experience, both of the trial and the events leading up to it, as if it were a film script. As the story progresses the reader tries to figure out how guilty he is.



The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

A group of girls take a stand against sexism and to avenge the rape of a girl none of them, creating a movement in the process.




All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing and savagely beaten by a police officer. Quinn, witnesses the beating, but the police officer in question is his best friend’s brother and the person who’s been like an older brother to him (especially since his real brother was killed in Afghanistan). Can Quinn walk away and pretend he never saw it? How does Rashad move past it and deal with his new role as the latest statistic?


Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Through writing letters to the late Martin Luther King Jr, Justyce works to figure out his place, as an African American teen,  going to a mostly white private school, when there is a violent altercation between a white retired police officer and his best friend.



Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Jade is trying to balance her two worlds; life at home, in a “rough neighborhood,” and life at her mostly white, elite private school. Tired of being singled out for her race and socio-economic status, Jade wants to go on a study abroad trip to Spain, while her school pushes her towards the Women to Women mentorship program. A story that explores race, class, and privileged, while confronting stereotypes and following Jade as she figures out who she is.



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