On the Come Up

On the Come Up
Author: Angie Thomas
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9780062498571
Available:
Release: 2019-02-05
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

#1 New York Times bestseller · Seven starred reviews · Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book “For all the struggle in this book, Thomas rarely misses a step as a writer. Thomas continues to hold up that mirror with grace and confidence. We are lucky to have her, and lucky to know a girl like Bri.”—The New York Times Book Review This digital edition contains a letter from the author, deleted scenes, a picture of the author as a teen rapper, an annotated playlist, Angie’s top 5 MCs, an annotated rap, illustrated quotes from the book, and an excerpt from Angie’s next novel, Concrete Rose. Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral . . . for all the wrong reasons. Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it—she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be. Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.

On the Come Up

On the Come Up
Author: Angie Thomas
Pages: 480
ISBN: 0062498584
Available:
Release: 2020-12
Editor: Balzer & Bray
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

#1 New York Times bestseller - Seven starred reviews - Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book "For all the struggle in this book, Thomas rarely misses a step as a writer. Thomas continues to hold up that mirror with grace and confidence. We are lucky to have her, and lucky to know a girl like Bri."--The New York Times Book Review Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill. But it's hard to get your come up when you're labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral . . . for all the wrong reasons. Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn't just want to make it--she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be. Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn't always free. --Washington Post

On the Come Up

On the Come Up
Author: Angie Thomas
Pages: 447
ISBN: 0062886401
Available:
Release: 2019
Editor: Balzer + Bray
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time-- and has massive shoes to fill. She's been labeled a hoodlum at school, and the fridge at home is empty after her mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral -- for all the wrong reasons. Portrayed by the media as a menace, Bri makes a choice-- and becomes the very thing the public has made her out to be. The odds are stacked against her, and freedom of speech isn't always free.--Adapted from jacket.

Angie Thomas 2 Book Collection

Angie Thomas 2 Book Collection
Author: Angie Thomas
Pages: 928
ISBN: 9780062914828
Available:
Release: 2019-03-05
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Discover the critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling The Hate U Give and the highly anticipated On the Come Up from Angie Thomas in this two-book collection. FIND YOUR VOICE. MAKE SOME NOISE. The Hate U Give William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Michael L. Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book "Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds "Stunning." —John Green "This story is necessary. This story is important."—Kirkus (starred review) "Heartbreakingly topical."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) 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. On the Come Up Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral…for all the wrong reasons.

Find Your Voice a Guided Journal for Writing Your Truth

Find Your Voice  a Guided Journal for Writing Your Truth
Author: Angie Thomas
Pages: 329
ISBN: 1406397105
Available:
Release: 2020-03
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Write fearlessly. Write what is true and real to you.Bestselling, award-winning author Angie Thomas brings her talents to this essential creative writing journal. From initial idea to finished draft, Angie shares her thoughts, advice and best practices on developing a true-to-you writing project.Packed full of step-by-step tips, writing prompts and exercises for:· Discovering story ideas · Creating memorable characters · Realizing your setting · Shaping your story · Getting feedback from others · And more!With 24 illustrated inspirational quotes from Angie's acclaimed novels The Hate U Give and On the Come Up, and plenty of blank pages for your own words, Find Your Voice will ignite your creativity and help you bring your own unique stories to life. A must-have for aspiring writers and Angie fans.

Concrete Rose

Concrete Rose
Author: Angie Thomas
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780062846754
Available:
Release: 2021-01-12
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood. If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison. Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control. Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father. Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different. When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can't just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

My Besties

My Besties
Author: Asia Hill
Pages: 210
ISBN: 9780990869450
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Release: 2016-03-27
Editor: Good2go Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Born and raised on the violent streets of Chicago, Ja`ziya and her three besties, Tiki, ReRe, and Dirty E are all determined to do three things; finish school, get money, and live comfortably. Ja`ziya and her crew aren’t your average hood rats that wanna date and marry a D-Boy. Adapting to some of the bad habits from the streets, plus some help from an unknown source, they get money their own way… The ski-mask way! Robbing drug dealers is like taking candy from a baby. They are always in and out with no problem. That was until they robbed the wrong person. Big Moe enters the picture feeling played and disrespected by the crew known as The Eastside Crazy Crew! Big Moe and his cousins are on the hunt to find their money, and kill everyone responsible for taking it! Can these girls weather the storm that’s about to rain on the windy city by the name of Big Moe? Take a ride with Ja`ziya and the Eastside Crazy Crew and watch how they maneuver through the streets of Chicago looking for their come up!

The World Is Mine

The World Is Mine
Author: Lyah B. LeFlore
Pages: 269
ISBN: 9781416979630
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Release: 2009-12
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Maryland high school juniors and best friends Blue Reynolds and Collin Andrews seem to have it all, and when they decide to become party promoters, anything can happen--including being pitted against parents, jealous girlfriends, and even one another.

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Pages: 437
ISBN: 1406387932
Available:
Release: 2018-08
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Read the book that inspired the movie! Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping novel about one girl's struggle for justice.

Small Great Things

Small Great Things
Author: Jodi Picoult
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780345813404
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Release: 2016-10-11
Editor: Random House Canada
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A woman is caught in a gripping moral dilemma that resonates far beyond her place in time and history in #1 New York Times bestseller Jodi Picoult's latest novel. A young woman and her husband, admitted to hospital to have a baby, request that their nurse be reassigned--they are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a white public defender who warns against bringing race into the courtroom. As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other's lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear. Praise for Small Great Things “I couldn’t put it down. Her best yet!”—New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman “A compelling, can’t-put-it-down drama with a trademark [Jodi] Picoult twist.”—Good Housekeeping “It’s Jodi Picoult, the prime provider of literary soul food. This riveting drama is sure to be supremely satisfying and a bravely thought-provoking tale on the dangers of prejudice.”—Redbook “Jodi Picoult is never afraid to take on hot topics, and in Small Great Things, she tackles race and discrimination in a way that will grab hold of you and refuse to let you go. . . . This page-turner is perfect for book clubs.”—Popsugar

On the Come Up

On the Come Up
Author: Hannah Weyer
Pages: 310
ISBN: 9780345804860
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Release: 2014
Editor: Anchor Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Dreaming of a world beyond her urban neighborhood, pregnant teenager AnnMarie Walker lands a lead role for a movie being filmed in Manhattan and enjoys instant but short-lived fame before the realities of her regular life return.

Smack

Smack
Author: Melvin Burgess
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781429996587
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Release: 2010-06-08
Editor: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Winner of the 1996 Carnegie Medal in Literature and the Guardian Prize for fiction, two of England's most prestigious awards, Smack tells a penetrating story about heroin use, a topic that is becoming familiar in the news and one of importance to teens everywhere. The story begins with Tar, a fourteen-year-old, who runs away from home. He convinces his girlfriend, Gemma, to come with him, and it is not long before they are engulfed in a loose community of people living in abandoned buildings. Everything seems to be turning out so well: they have a roof over their heads, food to eat, and a brand-new group of friends. And when Tar and Gemma try their first hit of smack, they think life will keep on getting better. But before long, they find they've lost control. The search for the next hit becomes all-consuming--until a disaster forces Gemma to take matters into her own hands. Insightful, haunting, and real, Smack is the Go Ask Alice of the '90s. It's a book that every teenager should read--then pass along to a friend.

On the Come Up

On the Come Up
Author: Travis Hunter
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780758274403
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Release: 2011-11-01
Editor: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Growing up in the heart of the Atlanta ghetto, siblings DeMarco and Jasmine Winslow have developed a talent for survival. But if given the chance, they would do anything for a fresh start. . . . By the time DeMarco was fifteen, being locked up was better than being at home. So whenever he got hungry or cold or just plain tired of living in the ghetto, he'd steal something and make sure he got caught, 'cause going to juvie was like going to heaven: video games, basketball courts, a big screen television, and three hot meals a day. And now that he's back in the hood, things seem worse than before. Jasmine, DeMarco's twin sister, hasn't had the luxury of vacationing in juvie. She's had to balance being an honor roll student with fighting off advances from her mother's boyfriend. After her mom sides with her boyfriend, Jasmine's out on the streets and running with the DIVAs, a rough group of girls whose number one goal is to get paid. But when Jasmine finally gets her chance to break free, she learns the hard way that no one leaves the hood unscathed. . . . Also Available TWO THE HARD WAY AT THE CROSSROADS [show covers]

It s All in Your Head

It s All in Your Head
Author: Russ
Pages: 160
ISBN: 0062962434
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Release: 2019-11-12
Editor: Collins Design
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An inspirational book by self-made musical superstar, Russ, reminding you that it starts with YOU, to believe in yourself, and to get out of your own way. Twenty-six-year-old rapper, songwriter, and producer Russ walks his own path, at his own pace. By doing so, he proved that he didn't need a major label to surpass over a billion streams on Spotify/Apple Music, get on Forbes' 2019 "30 Under 30," make the Forbes' "30 Under 30 Cash Kings" at number 20 for most earned, sell out arenas across the U.S. and around the globe, and become one of the most popular and engaged rappers right now. His method was simple: love and believe in yourself absolutely and work hard no matter what. In this memoir, Russ inspires readers to walk to their individual rhythms and beat their biggest obstacles: themselves. With chapters named after his most powerful and popular songs, It's All in Your Head will reflect on the lessons he's learned from his career, family, and relationships. He'll push readers to bet on themselves, take those leaps of faith, and recognize struggles as opportunities. With illustrations throughout consistent with the brand Russ has built and his fan base loves, It's All in Your Head will give readers an inside-look at the man and the motivation behind the music. A lover of books like The Alchemist and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Russ delivers a short, potent, inspirational, raw, and honest book that gives readers a way to find self-belief and unlock their potential. Fans already rely on Russ as an inspiration of confidence; now, he is taking it to the next level with this book, which will contain lyrics from his music and visuals that reflect his inimitable style. Russ utilizes his relentless passion and supreme confidence in his own talents to manifest his dreams and has been doing that since well before he was ever famous. In his first book, Russ gives readers the tools to do the same whether they want to succeed in music, in romance, or simply in life. In the vein of mega bestsellers like Unf*ck Yourself and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Russ's memoir levels with his readers: there are no shortcuts to success.

Game Changer

Game Changer
Author: Neal Shusterman
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780062465771
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Release: 2021-02-09
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"A timely, speculative thought experiment in perspective, privilege, and identity." —Kirkus "The conceit behind Shusterman’s latest is truly unique. While it exhibits the author’s usual storytelling aplomb, it also manages to delve into more serious and timely subject matter, such as racism, sexism, and homophobia. Despite these heavy topics, the story still moves at a lively pace and, thanks to a zany sci-fi twist, manages to pack in a few laughs as well." —Booklist All it takes is one hit on the football field, and suddenly Ash’s life doesn’t look quite the way he remembers it. Impossible though it seems, he’s been hit into another dimension—and keeps on bouncing through worlds that are almost-but-not-really his own. The changes start small, but they quickly spiral out of control as Ash slides into universes where he has everything he’s ever wanted, universes where society is stuck in the past…universes where he finds himself looking at life through entirely different eyes. And if he isn’t careful, the world he’s learning to see more clearly could blink out of existence… This high-concept novel from the National Book Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author of the Arc of a Scythe series tackles the most urgent themes of our time, making this a must-buy for readers who are starting to ask big questions about their own role in the universe.

Come up Here

Come up Here
Author: Mark Nyarko
Pages: 190
ISBN: 9781543490053
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Release: 2018-05-08
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This is a book on Bible prophecy that details the main prophetic events that will precede the Second Coming of the Lord. The place of Israel in Gods prophetic calendar is clearly outlined in both its historical and contemporary contexts, as well as that of the church. The key players in the end-time drama are those same nations that are making all the headlines today, particularly those in the Middle East. This is where the drama of redemption began, and that is where it is all bound to end. This book provides a convenient checklist against major world events rocking our planet today. Hence, it provides a convenient signpost to indicate the time of day we live in as far as Gods end-time redemption program is concerned. It is also a call to sober reflection by all who call themselves believers in Jesus Christ to do an ongoing self-evaluation to make sure their walk with the Lord is on track and to avoid any potential surprises and disappointments in the end. It provides a motivation to get busy with the assignment the Lord left his people in evangelizing and disciplining the world. It is a book of hope for the weary believer who is often tempted to give up when they realize that the coming of the Lord is sooner than any of us can imagine. It also points the weary seeker to the Lord of salvation who alone is able to give rest to the soul of man.

Internment

Internment
Author: Samira Ahmed
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780316522663
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Release: 2019-03-19
Editor: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An instant New York Times bestseller! "Internment sets itself apart...terrifying, thrilling and urgent."--Entertainment Weekly Rebellions are built on hope. Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the camp's Director and his guards. Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

Hope Nation

Hope Nation
Author: Angie Thomas,Jason Reynolds,Nicola Yoon,Marie Lu
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781524741846
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Release: 2018-02-27
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

★ "This amazing outpouring of strength and honesty offers inspirational personal accounts for every reader who wonders what to do when everything seems impossible." --Booklist, starred review A 2019 Texas Topaz Reading List Selection A Junior Library Guild Selection Hope is a decision, but it is a hard one to recognize in the face of oppression, belittlement, alienation, and defeat. To help embolden hope, here is a powerhouse collection of essays and personal stories that speak directly to teens and all YA readers. Featuring Angie Thomas, Marie Lu, Nicola Yoon, David Levithan, Libba Bray, Jason Reynolds, Renée Ahdieh, and many more! "The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood."--Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. We all experience moments when we struggle to understand the state of the world, when we feel powerless and--in some cases--even hopeless. The teens of today are the caretakers of tomorrow, and yet it's difficult for many to find joy or comfort in such a turbulent society. But in trying times, words are power. Some of today's most influential young adult authors come together in this highly personal collection of essays and original stories that offer moments of light in the darkness, and show that hope is a decision we all can make. Like a modern day Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul or Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens, Hope Nation acknowledges the pain and offers words of encouragement. Authors include: Atia Abawi, Renee Ahdieh, Libba Bray, Howard Bryant, Ally Carter, Ally Condie, Christina Diaz Gonzales, Gayle Forman, Romina Garber, I. W. Gregario, Kate Hart, Bendan Kiely, David Levithan, Alex London, Marie Lu, Julie Murphy, Jason Reynolds, Aisha Saeed, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Jeff Zentner, and Nicola Yoon. Praise for Hope Nation: "A salve when days are bleak."--Kirkus Reviews "An important and inspiring read for thoughtful teens."--School Library Journal

Reclaiming Our Space

Reclaiming Our Space
Author: Feminista Jones
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780807055373
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Release: 2019
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"45 years ago, Black American feminists convened as architects for a new revolution that thrives today, finding its home and building its strengths within Black women's online communities and digital spaces"--

The Acts of the Apostles

The Acts of the Apostles
Author: P.D. James
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9780857861078
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Release: 1999-01-01
Editor: Canongate Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Acts is the sequel to Luke's gospel and tells the story of Jesus's followers during the 30 years after his death. It describes how the 12 apostles, formerly Jesus's disciples, spread the message of Christianity throughout the Mediterranean against a background of persecution. With an introduction by P.D. James