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Books covering a wide range of topics for public health discussion.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


Print and Audiobooks are available at many public libraries.

The Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) membership is available for Temple University staff, faculty and students. Several copies of The Hate U Give are available in multiple versions. Get an FLP Library Card

eBook ---- Audiobook --- Print (includes large print version)


  • Purchasing the book: Click supports local bookstores close to your home, or purchase on Amazon
  • Buy the Audiobook from Amazon's Audible

Movie: Made into a movie in 2018

About the Book

Why is it banned/challenged?

This book was banned shortly after it's release and has continued to see if challenged since. The title joins many other challenged books that highlight race related issues.


The influence Tupac's writings have on this book are very clear. Below are is a post about this and a link to the Blockson Collection at Temple University where some items belonging to Tupac Shakir are preserved.

Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University

Banned or Challenged Books

2021 and 2022 has seen many challenges to books at the state and local levels. A quick Google search will result in many stories about states and school communities requesting removal of books. Some lists contain hundreds of titles.

The American Library Association monitors and compiles lists.

"ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country. We compile lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools."


The Hate U Give made the ALA’s Top Ten List in 2017, 2018, 2020 and 2021.

Banned Books Week

Every Fall libraries and organizations put a focus on the challenges to books during BANNED BOOKS WEEK. Banned Books Week is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.


As an advocate for storytelling and an outspoken critic of censorship, Reynolds is the perfect person to headline Banned Books Week 2021, which has the theme, “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.”

2022 Banned Books Week: September 18-24, 2022

Challenging Books in 2022

There have been growing challenges to books and there are themes...