Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still lives in Jackson, Mississippi. A former teen rapper, she recently won a Walter Dean Myers Grant, awarded by the We Need Diverse Books campaign. The Hate U Give is her first novel and is the winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year. Her second novel, On the Come Up, will be published in 2019. You can find her on Twitter@acthomaswrites or visit her website, acthomaswrites.com.