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Angie Thomas with THE HATE U GIVE

Angie Thomas"After sixteen year old Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of a childhood friend by a police officer, her life changes irrevocably.  Mississippi native Angie Thomas provokes strong emotions of love, anger, and justice in this compelling story." -- ST

The Hate U Give is a groundbreaking, thought-provoking debut novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, about a teen girl who is the only witness to her friend’s fatal shooting by a police officer.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor black 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, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. 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 destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.

A. C. Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.

About the Author

A. C. Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was having an article about her in Right On! magazine. She holds a BFA in creative writing and can still rap if needed. The Hate U Give is her first novel.

Event date: 
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 5:00pm
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129 Courthouse Sq
Oxford, MS 38655
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ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 28th, 2017

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Linda Williams Jackson with MIDNIGHT WITHOUT A MOON

It’s Mississippi in the summer of 1955, and Rose Lee Carter can’t wait to move north. But for now, she’s living with her sharecropper grandparents on a white man’s cotton plantation.

Then, one town over, an African American boy, Emmett Till, is killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. When Till’s murderers are unjustly acquitted, Rose realizes that the South needs a change . . . and that she should be part of the movement.

Linda Jackson’s moving debut seamlessly blends a fictional portrait of an African American family and factual events from a famous trial that provoked change in race relations in the United States.

About the Author
Linda Williams Jackson was born in a small town in Mississippi and likes to write about unassuming, everyday characters in small-town settings. She still lives in Mississippi with her husband and children.

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Monday, March 27, 2017 - 5:00pm
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129 Courthouse Sq
Oxford, MS 38655
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ISBN: 9780544785106
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - January 3rd, 2017

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Amy Young with A NEW FRIEND FOR SPARKLE

More Sparkle to love! Here's a new picture book starring Sparkle and Lucy about what happens when your best friend makes a new pal.

In A Unicorn Named Sparkle, Lucy found out that the unicorn she thought she didn't want was the exact right unicorn for her. In this new story, Lucy makes a new friend and Sparkle is worried that means she doesn't care about him anymore. What happens when two's company but three's a crowd?

About the Author

Amy Young was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and though she trained and practiced as a lawyer, she has always wanted to be an artist. She is the author and illustrator of several picture books including A Unicorn Named Sparkle. She lives in Spring Lake, Michigan, with her husband.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 10:00am
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111 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
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ISBN: 9780374305536
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - June 27th, 2017

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Nick Bruel with BAD KITTY TAKES THE TEST

Nick Bruel

It's something everyone has to do at least once. Kitty is no different. In this new edition of the beloved, bestselling Bad Kitty series, Bad Kitty faces . . . a test!

Based on her previous bad behavior, the Society of Cat Aptitude has determined that Kitty is not only a bad kitty but a bad cat. In order to redeem her feline status, Kitty must take an aptitude test to determine if she deserves to be a cat. If she fails, she will no longer be able to be a cat. With the help of Chatty Kitty, who is the instructor at Cat School, and Uncle Murray, who thinks he's just there to renew his driver's license, Kitty learns all about being a cat and a little about herself.

Event date: 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 4:00pm
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111 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
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ISBN: 9781626725898
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 3rd, 2017

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Augusta Scattergood with MAKING FRIENDS WITH BILLY WONG

Augusta Scattergood

Azalea is not happy about being dropped off to care for Grandmother Clark. Paris Junction is nothing like her Texas hometown. And now she's been thrown together with troubled Willis DeLoach, gossipy Melinda Bowman, and Billy Wong, a Chinese American boy who has his own troubles. Billy's parents own the Lucky Foods grocery store, where days are long, and folks aren't always friendly. Inspired by the true stories of Chinese immigrants who came to the American South during the Civil Rights Era, this poignant story reminds us all that home is where our hearts reside, and that friends can come to us in the most unexpected ways. This brilliantly nuanced novel is delivering a unique literary format. The story is told from two points of view: Billy Wong is rendered in clipped verse narratives that are interspersed with Azalea's emotionally expressive prose. 

 

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 4:00pm
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111 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
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ISBN: 9780545924252
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 30th, 2016

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Chris Van Dusen with IF I BUILT A CAR

If I built a car, it'd be totally new. Here are a few of the things that I'd do. . . Jack has designed the ultimate fantasy car. Inspired by zeppelins and trains, Cadillacs and old planes, with brilliant colors and lots of shiny chrome, this far-out vision is ready to cruise. There's a fireplace, a pool, and even a snack bar. After a tour of the ritzy interior, Robert the Robot starts up the motor . . . and Jack and his dad set off on the wildest test drive ever.

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 4:00pm
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111 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
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ISBN: 9780142408254
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Published: Puffin Books - June 14th, 2007

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