Summer Reading Program Kick-off with Angie Thomas

Summer Reading Program Kick-off with author Angie Thomas via Zoom. Friday, May 28.

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Join us in a candid virtual conversation with Angie Thomas where she answers YOUR questions! New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give and On the Come Up, Angie Thomas will speak about her latest book, Concrete Rose, her inspirations, and more.

Open to all teen and adult patrons in Galveston County, students and parents will hear firsthand from one of the most vital voices in Young Adult literature today.

Three of Thomas's books displayed together. From left to right, 'The Hate U Give', 'On the Come Up', and 'Concrete Rose'.Date & Time
Friday, May 28, 2021
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Via Zoom
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Questions for the author may be submitted to Dustan Archer prior to the event. Click the button below to send Dustan an email.

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We will also be hosting a Young Adult/Teen Book Club featuring Angie Thomas’ latest novel, Concrete Rose. Rosenberg Library patrons between the ages of 13 – 18 can sign up and receive a free physical copy of the book.


Contact Dustan Archer by clicking the button below or call (409) 763 – 8854 ext. 140.

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April Young Adult/Teen Book Club

Young Adult/Teen Book Club. Thursday, April 29. Register by April 15 to receive a free copy of the book 'Concrete Rose'.April’s YA Book Club novel is Angie Thomas’ latest novel, Concrete Rose.

Register by April 15 to receive a free physical copy of Concrete Rose which you can pick up at the 2nd floor Reference Desk.

The YA Book Club Date & Time
Friday, April 29
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
via Discord

The YA Book Club is open to ages 13 – 18 years old only. To register, contact Dustan Archer by clicking the button below or call (409) 763 – 8854 ext. 140.

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About Angie Thomas:

Headshot of author, Angie Thomas.ANGIE THOMAS’ debut novel, The Hate U Give, has spent more than three years on The New York Times bestseller list, where it was joined by her second novel, On the Come Up, and now her third, Concrete Rose.

Blockbuster books and two major film adaptations have amplified Thomas’ clear, crucial voice when we need it most — to #BlackLivesMatter protesters, igniting real change in the fight for racial justice, and through the chaos of a global pandemic that is disproportionately hurting people of color.

Her keynotes are powerful, urgent, necessary, and most importantly, hopeful.

Thomas’ latest book, Concrete Rose, will tell the story of Maverick Carter — Starr’s father. “Of all characters who really just stayed with me, Maverick was at the top of that list,” Thomas tells People. The novel chronicles Maverick’s journey — from 17-year-old kid, to the young father of Starr’s older brother, Seven — and explores themes of teen pregnancy, police brutality, and the prison system as a form of modern-day slavery.

“I’m […] excited to show this bonding between father and son. So many people assume that Black kids, especially Black kids in the hood, don’t have fathers. And that’s a lie. So many of them do.”

Angie Thomas is the recipient of the William C. Morris Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and was nominated for the Michael L. Printz Award and the Coretta Scott King Award. She is the inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant, awarded by We Need Diverse Books.

Born, raised, and still residing in Jackson, Mississippi — and a former teen rapper — she holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in hip hop.

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Popular Books by Angie Thomas:

The Hate U Give

On the Come Up

Concrete Rose

The Summer Reading Program Kick-Off is a collaboration of all Galveston County Libraries (Rosenberg Library, Helen Hall Library, La Marque Public Library, Moore Memorial Public Library, Dickinson Public Library, Friendswood Public Library, Hitchcock Public Library, and Mae S. Bruce Public Library).