Seeing yourself in the books you read, in the movies and TV shows you watch, in the voices you hear is something that you don’t tend to question if you’re white and/or straight – those voices flood the world.
Imagine if you couldn’t see yourself in the books you love. Enter the much needed #ownvoices movement. But what is it?
#ownvoices, to recommend kidlit about diverse characters written by authors from that same diverse group.
— Corinne Duyvis (@corinneduyvis) September 6, 2015
If you’ve been in and around the book world at all in the last 6 months then you’ll already know all about Angie Thomas’s ‘The Hate U Give’. But just in case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s what the book that is already being hailed at The YA book of 2017 is all about.
16-year-old Starr is divided between the poor neighbourhood she lives in and the rich suburbs where she goes to school, but Starr’s balance shatters when she’s the only witness to the shooting of her best friend by a police officer. A shooting that kills Kamil. What Starr saw could ruin her community.
If you’re like us and have already devoured THUG and are in serious withdrawl, you’re gonna need something excellent to follow it up.