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New Crop of Young Adult Novels Explores Race and Police Brutality

March 20, 2017

In a recent feature, The New York Times highlighted the contributions of African American authors in writing honest young adult novels about the issues of race and police brutality, centering on Angie Thomas's bestselling debut, The Hate U Give (February 2017, Balzer & Bray).

When “The Hate U Give” came out last month, it became an instant critical and commercial hit, with more than 100,000 copies in print. The novel — one of several new children’s books that use fiction to address police shootings of unarmed black teenagers — debuted at the top of The New York Times’s Young Adult best-seller list, and has drawn ecstatic praise from critics, librarians, book sellers and prominent young-adult novelists. John Green, the author of “The Fault in Our Stars,” called the work “a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time.”

“The Hate U Give,” which takes its title from a phrase coined by the rapper Tupac Shakur, is one of a cluster of young-adult novels that confront police brutality, racial profiling and the Black Lives Matter movement. Several are debut novels from young African-American writers who have turned to fiction as a form of activism, hoping that their stories can help frame and illuminate the persistence of racial injustice for young readers.
(The New York Times)

Read the full article on The New York Times here.

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