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I do my best to teach and connect and live with empathy. It think it’s one of the most critical and complicated skills that we can give to students – the ability to step into someone else's shoes; to notice and care about the feelings of others. But as hard as I try, I am limited. I can’t help the family I was born into, the area where I grew up, the values and lessons I received as a child. There are things, however, I can do to widen my perspective, to learn about those different than me, and to learn to understand and support others that look at life through a different lens. Books provide a unique vehicle for empathy and perspective broadening – it’s one of the many reasons that I love being a librarian. I believe in the power of stories. Especially game changers like The Hate U Give. Angie Thomas' first novel (!!!!!) is one of those rare books that provide a worthwhile experience from people all over the spectrum, as well as an opportunity for readers from all walks of life to get a peek at a valuable (and often misrepresented) perspective. Lots of people much smarter and more qualified than myself have written about Angie Thomas and The Hate U Give (seriously…Google it. There's gold there), so I won't go on. Just drop whatever you're reading and start reading this, instead.