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SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD STARR CARTER moves between two worlds: the poor black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban 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. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, Khalil's death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr's best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr's neighborhood becomes a war zone. 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 destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.

Angie Thomas's searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circum-stances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and un-flinching honesty.

This collector's edition of the acclaimed, award-winning novel contains a letter from the author; the meanings behind the names; a map of Garden Heights; fan art; the full, original story that inspired the book; and an excerpt from On the Come Up.

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  • Justice for Just Us

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    An always timely topic, this novel delves into the bitter divide between white and black, parents and children, the law and the lawless, rich and poor. Starr is a girl split between her “ghetto” life and the upperclass, mainly white-attended, school to which her worried parents have sent her to avoid the rampant crime of Garden Heights. It is a truth never spoken among the underprivileged but one you will note in fiction and non-fiction alike: the disenfranchised and poorer denizens of a society long for the posh life they witness for those born with silver spoons in their mouths. But, the moment one of the underclass strives for and/or achieves that wealthier life, his or her former friends, family and colleagues will turn on them like vipers. Sellout, traitor, faker, poseur, Oreo cookie, apple, banana, et al., are insults that are hurled at such over-achievers. Everyone wants to be better off yet anyone who actually achieves that dream gets viciously targeted by the other members of their class. Starr and her siblings come in for their share of this twisted racism. Kenya insults Starr’s white friends with the term “bougie-ass” and her brother’s friends refuse to play with him because he’s attending the same school. Her life is a constant uneasy balancing act between acting calm among whites so they don’t see her as an “angry” black person and playing up her roots among blacks. The novel lays all this within the larger framework of a terrible incident: a white cop shooting an innocent black youth, Starr’s friend Khalil. The expected resultant firestorm plays out on tv and in social media: death threats are leveled; the victim is victimized; the killer is exonerated or vilified, according to whoever is talking. The case is fiercely debated and poor Starr is caught in the middle. There is not a false note in this story. The voices are pitch perfect, the situations realistic and the characters are noteworthy. We are taken step by step along with Starr as she battles her own inner turmoil, fear, outrage, nervousness, sweetness and vinegary attitude. She finds her voice and her courage and you applaud her inner journey. The book rewards the reader with a bittersweet defeat along with quiet triumph.