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The 10 YA Books Longlisted for the 2017 National Book Awards

Epic Reads Exclusives

The National Book Awards are just around the corner. The winners will be announced on November 15th and we can’t wait to see which book receives the Young People’s Literature award this year! What are the National Book Awards? It … Read More

Starr’s Family Has Been Cast for The Hate U Give Movie!

Featured, YA Movie & TV News

Flashback just a couple of months: THE HATE U GIVE, the breathtaking, addicting, too-relevant YA debut from Angie Thomas, finally hit shelves after months of anticipation. We could not put it down. And you know what? It seemed like our dreams came true … Read More

You Need To Listen To This Playlist Inspired By All Eyez On Me

Epic Reads Exclusives

All Eyez on Me, a movie on the true story of rapper/poet/activist/actor Tupac Shakur, hits theaters tomorrow and we absolutely, positively cannot wait– especially because Angie Thomas, author of #1 New York Times novel,  The Hate U Give, was deeply inspired … Read More

Here’s How Tupac Inspired The Hate U Give

Book Nerds Unite, Fun Stuff

By now you’ve heard that The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is the one YA novel you absolutely cannot miss this year. What you might not know is that The Hate U Give was not only inspired by the … Read More

Watch Our April 2017 Real Talk Video

Real Talk, Videos, What We're Reading

Welcome to real-talk-landia, where we are committed to keepin’ it 100 at all times. Because we were craving some conversation about all the important topics being written about in YA, this month Natalie from Team Epic Reads is bringing you some … Read More

Real Talk: Black Lives Matter

Author Guest Posts, Real Talk

Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give explores themes of police brutality, family, community, and what it means to be black in America. Below you’ll learn what inspired bad-ass author Angie Thomas to write such a gripping novel inspired by the … Read More

21 YA Books For Black History Month

Curated Reading Lists

Okay book nerds now let’s get in formation- to celebrate Black History Month! In honor of this month we are bringing you some required YA reading for the wokest black history month you’ve ever had. I think one thing we can … Read More

The Hate U Give Cover Art Just Gave Black Girl Magic A Place In Publishing

Cover Design

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut novel, The Hate U Give, about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. The Hate U Give … Read More

The Inspiration Behind The Hate U Give

Fun Stuff, Videos

Read this groundbreaking novel before the movie releases. Order The Hate U Give now!  Everyone is talking about Angie Thomas’s debut novel, THE HATE U GIVE, in which a young girl finds her voice and the courage to use it. Inspired by the … Read More

Read the First 3 Chapters of The Hate U Give

Featured, Sneak Peeks

Read the first three chapters from THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas, a young adult novel inspired by Black Lives Matter. The Hate U Give is about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances and addresses issues of racism and … Read More

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