The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Pingree's Community Read program offers a shared opportunity to engage in deep and important conversations, consider new perspectives, and learn from one another. Every spring, the school community decides upon a theme around which to base conversations for the upcoming academic year as well as a book to read together. The selected theme for 2018–2019 is what is means to be an American. "To be 'an American' makes it seem as though 'American' is a singular voice expressing a singular identity. In fact, there are multiple and perhaps endless identities that are found in the United States," said librarian Meghan O'Neill. "The power of fiction is in sharing these voices and stories in ways that go much deeper than statistics or headlines."
Together the Pingree community read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. The book follows the journey of Starr, a character grappling with two worlds: the inner-city neighborhood in which she lives and the affluent independent school she attends. When Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend, an unarmed black teenager, at the hands of a police officer, the pressure she faces from both communities forces her to find her own voice.
"We feel the book speaks to the themes and draws us in to conversations about who is included, what justice means in our democracy, and to whom it applies," said Dr. Zara-Marie Spooner, Dean of Community and Multicultural Development. "It gives us great questions to delve into further." Students will have conversations about the book in advisory groups and in class meetings throughout the fall trimester.