The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas


Vermont Reads is a multi-generational program, bringing people together throughout the state to celebrate literacy. This year's book selection, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, follows Starr Carter who is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives, and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.

Free copies are available at the Aldrich Library, Barre City Elementary & Middle School, Barre Town Elementary & Middle School, Spaulding High School, St. Monica's, and the Barre Senior Center.


Schedule of Events

Barre Community Writing Contest

October 1 - October 30

Theme: Walk In My Shoes: Identity and Self-expression. Write a story, poem, or essay that discusses how what you wear is linked to your sense of identity. There is an option to decorate a sneaker (or design a 2-dimensional sneaker) and submit a picture/photo as part of the writing contest. The contest is open to writers of all ages, from Kindergartners to Seniors. Click here for more details and click here to download the submission form. 

Virtual Presentation: Noel Riby-Williams

Tuesday, October 6 at 9 a.m. on Zoom

UVM student, activist, former BTEMS student, and the local leader of BLM, Noel Riby-Williams will discuss her experiences as a young adult addressing social justice issues. A founder of the Racial Justice Alliance at Montpelier High School, Noel was instrumental in the historic raising of the Black Lives Matter flag at MHS in February 2018 (first in the nation).

Virtual Author Talk: Lisa Moore Ramèe

Thursday, October 15 at 12:30 p.m. on Zoom

Lisa Moore Ramée, author of Middle-Grade Award Nominee, A Good Kind of Trouble, will discuss the themes of social justice, activism, identity, and self-expression in her book, a coming of age story of a 7th grader and her development as a young activist.

Virtual Book Discussion Group

Wednesday, November 18 at 6 p.m. on Zoom


Virtual Culmination Celebration

Thursday, November 19 at 6 p.m. on Zoom

Come hear our writing contest winners read their entries. 

Video Credit: Karen Fredericks

Write a story, poem, or essay, or design a sneaker that discusses how what you wear is linked to your sense of identity!


Author Lisa Moore Ramée

For books about social justice for all ages, click here.