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Charlottesville OneBook Launches Regional Reading Program in Response to August 2017 Events
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Submitted Press Release | Charlottesville City Schools | Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 1:27 p.m.

The Charlottesville OneBook program—a partnership between Charlottesville High School, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Virginia Center for the
Book, University of Virginia Library, Albemarle County Public Schools, Waynesboro High School Diversity Coalition, St. Anne’s-Belfield, and other community organizations—has launched its inaugural reading program for 2018, featuring The Hate U Give , the award-winning young adult novel by Angie Thomas.

The program will provide free books to schools, community, organizations, and readers throughout the region, by request , along with opportunities to engage with the text through in-person programming and discussions for readers of all ages .

The copies of the book that will be given away are part of a limited-release paperback edition that is dedicated to Charlottesville, in response to the August 2017 events that took place here.

In order to support these efforts, the program is currently accepting donations from individual and corporate donors who wish to provide funding to enable a greater number of books to be distributed within the community. With fundraising well underway, the program still needs an additional $10,000
to provide copies of the book and support programmatic offerings, which will launch in Spring 2018 .

To learn more about the program and support these efforts, visit cvilleonebook.com .

About the Book: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhoodwhere she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between theseworlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at thehands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

• A National Book Award longlist title
• #1 New York Times bestseller
• “Absolutely riveting!”—Jason Reynolds, author of Ghost , and 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book
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• “Stunning.”—John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars
• “This story is necessary. This story is important.”— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
• “Heartbreakingly topical.”— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
• “A marvel of verisimilitude.”— Booklist (starred review)
• “A powerful, in-your-face novel.”— The Horn Book (starred review)

About Angie Thomas: Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest  accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine . She holds a BFA in creative writing from Belhaven University. Her debut young adult
novel, The Hate U Give , is a #1 New York Times bestseller and was acquired by the Balzer + Bray imprint of HarperCollins Publishers in a 13-house auction. It has received starred reviews from eight literary journals, one of the highest amounts received for a young adult novel, and will be published in
more than twenty countries. The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly both called it required reading. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 and Temple Hill Productions with George Tillman attached to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg attached to star. To learn more about the author, visit AngieThomas.com .


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About the Charlottesville OneBook Program: A partnership between Charlottesville High School, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Virginia Center for the Book, University of Virginia Library, Albemarle County Public Schools, Waynesboro High School Diversity Coalition, St. Anne’s-Belfield,
and other community organizations, Charlottesville OneBook seeks to build unity through a common text and local programming in the greater Charlottesville area, extending to all of Central Virginia. The program will provide free books to schools, community, organizations, and readers throughout the region, by request, along with opportunities to engage with the text through in-person programming.

 

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