For this quarter I offer two choices.  You can read one or the other or both. These are the banned books that Janet researched for us.  Both are stories of younglings, who experience their world in ways different from the norm. Both, believe or not, are available in the bay county library system.

The Hate You Give Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor 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, 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.

Melissa, Alex Gino   (previously published as George)


When people look at Melissa, they think they see a boy named George. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

Melissa thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. Melissa really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part… because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, Melissa comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

There are links to Amazon for both of these.  The Hate you Give is available in audible form as well as kindle and print.  Melissa (George) is in Kindle and print only.As I noted before, both are available at the library.
We will meet on June 4th as a group to talk about them, and about linked oppressions perhaps.  We will be in person and on Zoom after the service, about 11:45am.