book club

book club

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The local nonpartisan group, Citizens for Racial Justice & Reform — Tuscarawas County, is encouraging the community to participate in its virtual book club as they read and discuss “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas.

The discussion will take place on the group’s website at under the Forums tab. Participants can read the book and contribute to the conversation at their own pace as there are no scheduled meeting times but rather an online discussion board with topics and questions pertaining to each chapter of the book.

New users must register for a free account with a username and password to participate. At the conclusion of the discussion, the group plans to host a community viewing of the movie adapted from the book and directed by George Tillman, Jr. More details will be available closer to the event.

In the book 16-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. As the only witness to what really happened, Starr must carefully navigate the protests, the vilification of Khalil, threats against her family and her close relationship with her police officer uncle. What Starr does — or does not — say could upend her community. It also could endanger her life.

The group chose the book after being contacted by a local high school student who claimed the title had been chosen as one of the summer reading books for the upcoming junior English class but that the school’s administration then decided to ban teachers from using the book in their curriculum, saying it was too controversial and contained too much vulgar language. Students who had already received a copy of the book were asked to return it.

Those interested in participating can request the title in book, eBook or audiobook version from local libraries, and physical copies of the book can be ordered from The Bibliophile in downtown Dover. Those who purchase a copy from The Bibliophile will receive a 10% discount if they mention it is for the Citizens for Racial Justice book discussion.

To participate in the discussion, find Citizens for Racial Justice and Reform — Tuscarawas Countyon Facebook or @citizensforracialjusticetco on Instagram or visit the group’s website at

For more information or interview opportunities, call Jenna Grimes at 330-353-9620.