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The Hate U Give Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Hate U Give

In 2015, Angie Thomas asked a literary agent on Twitter whether Black Lives Matter would be too intense a subject for a young adult book. The agent encouraged Thomas, saying that it was not, and Thomas immediately went to work developing a short story she had written for her senior project at Belhaven University into what became The Hate U Give. The book set off a bidding war among multiple publishing houses and debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list when it was published in February 2017. A critical as well as a public success, the book stayed atop the bestseller list for more than 30 weeks, and already there is a movie adaptation in the works starring Amandla...

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