The first book the Jr. YDP students chose is The Hate U Give. It is a young adult novel by Angie Thomas, that follows a protagonist drawn to activism after she witnesses the police shooting of her unarmed friend. Published February 28, 2017 by Balzer + Bray, The Hate U Give opened at number one on The New York Times young adult best-seller list. It is Thomas's debut novel. The book is presently being made into a movie.
The Carver Jr. YDP book club is called BAC (Book Adaptation Club) after books that are made into movies. Shooting began two seeks ago with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) playing the lead role of Starr, a 16-year-old girl who’s from a low-income neighborhood but attends an elite prep school in the suburbs, only to be torn between two worlds when she witnesses her unarmed friend shot to death by a police officer.
Donors responded generously to an online appeal, and BAC students now have 25 copies of The Hate U Give.
The BAC students designed the flyer to promote their club. The new Carver student-run club is a hit at the Carver Community Center, and it's just beginning!