MC Reads

MC Reads

The Methodist College #MC Reads committee has selected the award-winning novel, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas as the book for the 2019-2020 program. MC Reads is held in partnership with Peoria Reads!, a program modeled after "one city, one book" projects first launched at the Seattle Public Library in 1998.

About the Book

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.

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
  • Coretta Scott King Honor (Author)
  • Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee (Mystery Writers of America)
  • Michael L. Printz Honor Book
  • National Book Award Longlist
  • William C. Morris Award


Upcoming MC Reads! Spring 2020 Events

The MC Reads Symposium has been postponed and will be re-scheduled for a later date. Please return to this page for updates.

April 21, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Book Talk: Discussion of The Hate U Give,  led by Tricia Fox, Methodist College Director of Center for Student Success

E215 classroom - Methodist College

Please check back as other events will be added as they are confirmed.

Peoria Reads events found here: