Academic Planning Seminar Summer Reading Program

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APS Summer Reading Program

The APS Summer Reading Program is designed to support your transition to Brockport and the broader community. It will introduce you to college level learning and challenge you to consider new perspectives and world views. Investing your time and energy in this program will help you establish a strong foundation for a successful future in the classroom and in the Brockport community.

Summer 2018 Selection

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give Book Cover

About the Book & Author

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. Her debut novel The Hate U Give is a #1 New York Times Bestseller and was acquired by the Balzer + Bray imprint of HarperCollins Publishers in a 13-house auction. It has received starred reviews from 8 literary journals, one of the highest amounts received for a young adult novel, and will be published in over 20 countries. The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly both called it required reading. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 and Temple Hill Productions with George Tillman attached to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg attached to star.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Thomas's searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter navigates between the poverty-stricken neighborhood she has grown up in and the upper-crust suburban prep school she attends. Her life is up-ended when she is the sole witness to a police officer shooting her best friend, Khalil, who turns out to have been unarmed during the confrontation – but may or may not have been a drug dealer. As Starr finds herself even more torn between the two vastly different worlds she inhabits, she also has to contend with speaking her truth and, in the process, trying to stay alive herself.

Thomas holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Thomas is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included.

Angie Thomas photo

(Source: Angie Thomas)


Essay & Art Contest

The Summer Reading Program is sponsoring an essay and art contest for the 2018 first-year class. All first year students are eligible to submit essays and artwork. Members of the Summer Reading Program Committee will review all submissions. The winner of each contest will receive a $100 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble bookstore. The winner and a guest will be invited to a reception with the author on September 20, 2018 at 5pm. Please see the contest descriptions below.

Essay Contest

Art Contest

Last Updated 11/20/18

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