Why We Need Diverse Characters In YA Books, According To Angie Thomas
The author of The Hate U Give spoke to BuzzFeed about being inclusive when it comes to writing for children.
Angie Thomas is the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of The Hate U Give, which was released earlier this year. The Hate U Give, according to Thomas, "is about 16-year-old Starr, who lives in two different worlds — the mostly poor, black neighborhood where she lives and the mostly white, upper-class private school she attends. The struggle of being two different people in two different worlds becomes even harder after she witnesses a cop killing her childhood best friend, Khalil, who was unarmed. And what she does or doesn't come forward to say could change her community, and it could end their lives."
BuzzFeed caught up with Thomas to discuss writing diversely when it comes to writing for children. Here are her wise thoughts.