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The Hate U Give: Angie Thomas’s 2017 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Award Speech

I stand before you tonight, completely stunned that I’ve won anything for a book I was so afraid to write; a book that was inspired by someone as controversial as Tupac Shakur. I’m even more stunned that I wrote a book. This is possibly blasphemous to say, but as a teen I hated reading. I […]

One Last Word: Nikki Grimes’s 2017 BGHB Poetry & Fiction Honor Speech

One Last Word is a love letter from me to the poets of the Harlem Renaissance, and from those poets to a new generation of readers. I was born in Harlem, gave my first poetry reading at Countee Cullen Library in Harlem, and have stepped into the continuum of poets nourished by that community. In […]

The Best Man: Richard Peck’s 2017 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Honor Speech

I waited eighty years to write The Best Man and began it on that June day in 2014 when same-sex marriage legislation was implemented in my home state of Illinois. But have the youngest readers heard? There will be no word of it on the standardized test or in the textbook during my lifetime. I […]

Five questions for 2017 Fiction and Poetry winner Angie Thomas

1. You shared on Twitter that in manuscript stage you wondered how this book’s subject matter would be received (“Are novels that deal with sensitive current issues a no-no?”). How much was that concern on your mind when you were first writing, and how did it affect your writing process? AT: Initially, it was a […]

2017 Fiction and Poetry Award winners extras

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Newbery-winning author Kwame Alexander announced the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog on May 31st, 2017. The video was livestreamed (for the first time!). You can watch it here and read the press release here. Read reviews of all of […]

Reviews of the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Award Winner and Honor Books

Fiction and Poetry Winner The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas High School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    453 pp. 2/17    978-0-06-249853-3    $17.99 Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter lives a life many African American teenagers can relate to: a life of double consciousness. Caught between her rough, predominantly black neighborhood and the “proper,” predominantly white […]