If I can say one thing for certain about 2017, it’s that it was a great year of publishing in the world of books written for young adults. Besides the many great books that I read (and continue to) with a 2017 publication date, The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater, Dear Martin by Nic Stone, and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas continue to pull me back to them. These three novels not only contain powerful stories, exceptional writing, and contemporary settings but also tie in with each other as if they were meant to be. If they all came from the same publisher I’d say it was planned. For whatever reason they came about in the same year, I’m glad. And I’m also glad to have had the opportunity to read each of them.
There are links to each of the books and authors through the text above where you can find reviews, summaries, and other information. What I wanted to share in this post, other than my excitement for these three titles and authors, are the resources you can use with the young people you care for. Though I have not had the opportunity, I would love to listen in on a discussion of these three books and/or read essays by students about them as they carry over into each other explicitly and implicitly.
Onto the resources (for each book and those made by me):
The 57 Bus
- Excerpt & Praise
- Reviews & Author Video
- Author Interview: Teen Reads
- Author Interview: Nic Stone on Race Relations and Dear Marin, Her Must-Read Novel About Police Brutality And Black Lives Matter
- Discussion Guide (Random House)
- Article: What Would Martin Do?: Nic Stone’s novel—about a teen who writes letters to Dr. King—joins Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give amid a growing body of YA books exploring racial injustice and police brutality.
The Hate U Give
- Author Interviews & Critical Praise
- Discussion Guide (Balzer+Bray, HarperCollins)
- Discussion Guide (Walker Books)
- Article: The Hate U Give Enters the Ranks of Great YA Novels
- Article: The Hate U Give Is a Best-Selling YA Novel About Police Brutality. It’s Brilliant.
My plan to use the resources above (with a PBA that includes all three):
Happy reading, learning, and discussing!