- On the Come Up (2019)
- The Hate U Give (2017)
Born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1988, Angie Thomas published her first work of young adult fiction in 2017 – The Hate U Give.
Thomas was raised by her mother, Julia Thomas, and grandmother in Jackson.
During her younger years, she was a rapper, performing a few times and giving interviews on the radio and in newspapers. She began rapping at the age of 9. Her mother was her manager.
She was also featured in an article in RightOn Magazine in 2003. Some of her names used as a rapper were Young Short-A and Da Lil’ Lady Pimptress.
While Thomas won academic awards in her schools, she was home schooled for part of her high school years.
Thomas graduated from Belhaven University with a BFA in Creative Writing. It was at Belhaven, in a class taught by Joe Maxwell, that she wrote a short story that later became her first novel.
Thomas wrote a blog documenting her writing and publishing process and it’s a good look into the world of a new author. It can be accessed here: http://acthomaswrites.blogspot.com/
She is represented by Brooks Sherman of the Bent Agency, who acquired the book in February 2016. The Hate U Give reached Number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list for Young Adult (YA) Hardcover books on March 9, 2017. As of September 21, 2018, it had spent 81 weeks on this bestseller list.
Thomas worked at New Horizon Church International in Jackson, as an assistant to the Bishop while she was writing the book.
Her book The Hate U Give was turned into a screenplay for a movie starring Amandla Stenberg, who originally acted in the Hunger Games. The movie was released October 19, 2018. The Hate U Give has been published in 13 countries.
Thomas attended the Mississippi Book Festival to serve on a YA Panel in 2018. Mayor Lumumba awarded Thomas the key to the city of Jackson on February 27, 2018.
- Awarded a Walter Grant from the We Need Diverse Books organization in 2015
- William C. Morris Award for The Hate U Give in 2018
- Michael L. Printz Award for The Hate U Give in 2018
- Coretta Scott King Award for The Hate U Give
- Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in The Hate U Give in 2018
- ‘The Hate U Give Enters the Ranks of Great YA Novels’ by Anna Diamond. The Atlantic, March 28, 2017.
- ‘Three books to inspire young readers to bravery’ by Kathie Meizner, Abby McGanney Nolan, and Mary Quattlebaum. The Washington Post, May 2, 2017.
- ‘Why Everyone Needs to Read ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas’ by Ryan Douglass. HuffPost, March 14, 2017
Angie has been interviewed by several media organizations. Read or watch the interviews below.
Interview on National Public Radio – Feb. 26, 2017
Politics and Prose Bookstore – 2017
Library of Congress – Nov. 2017
The Tea – 2017
Movie Trailer for The Hate U Give
- ‘One-on-One with ‘The Hate U Give’ Novelist Angie Thomas’ – Ebony, March 4, 2017
- Angie Thomas’s Facebook Page
- Angie Thomas’s Twitter Account
- ‘Hunger Games’ Actress to Star in Black Lives Matter YA Novel Adaptation’ – Hollywood Reporter, 2016
- Balzer + Bray Prevails in 13-House Auction for YA Debut – Publishers Weekly, 2016
- LilLadyPimpcess Black Planet on Archive.org
- ‘Best-selling Author Angie Thomas Received Key To Jackson’ – Jackson Free Press, March 5, 2018