Angie started rewriting Dr. Seuss books at 4. Now she uses stories to give young people mirrors, windows and sliding glass doors. (Word to Dr. Rudine S. Bishop)


With the same passion, creativity, and vision that she brings to readers in her books, Angie is now producing diverse projects for both film and television.


Thomas’ keynotes resonate with the same authenticity, insight, and hope that make her writing so powerful, and give context and background to the culture, politics, and movement that inspired it.


Whether it’s advocating for diversity in kids lit or being a microphone for marginalized young people, Angie speaks out and inspires others to find their voices.



Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still lives in Jackson, Mississippi. A former teen rapper, she holds a BFA in creative writing from Belhaven University. Her award-winning, acclaimed debut novel, The Hate U Give, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and major motion picture from Fox 2000, starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by George Tillman, Jr. Her second novel, On the Come Up, is a #1 NYT bestseller as well, and a film is in development with Paramount Pictures with Angie acting as a producer. In 2020, Angie released Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal to Writing Your Truth as a tool to help aspiring writers tell their stories. In 2021, Angie will return to the world of Garden Heights with Concrete Rose, a prequel to The Hate U Give that focuses on seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter.

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Reading the book became this strange, spiritual thing because it started to feel like I was reading my own diary.

Amandla Stenberg




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