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Novel "Love, Hate, and Other Filters" Is Student Favorite

Grier students participated in the statewide reading program by reading books from a list of 15 nominees, and then voting for their favorite. The results of the student vote show that Grier students have wonderful and diverse tastes! Favorites included fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels that reflected a variety of cultural experiences and genres.

Students voted for ten out of the 15 nominees as their favorites, with the book Love, Hate, and Other Filters taking the first place spot by earning the most votes.  Love, Hate and Other Filters is the contemporary novel by Samira Ahmed.  In the Ahmed’s book, high school senior Maya Aziz is caught between her Indian-born parents’ world of college and finding a suitable Muslim husband and her own dream to pursue film school and date classmate Phil when a terrorist attack upends her life.
Other Grier favorites included:

  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Speak: the Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • Puddin’ by Julie Murphy
  • After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay
  • Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
  • Just Mercy: Adapted for Young Adults by Bryan Stevenson
  • Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Grier’s votes have been submitted to a coordinator for the state of Pennsylvania and a statewide favorite nominee will be announced sometime later.  Stay tuned for that, as well as, the list of nominees for the 2020-21 school year!

Learn more about the PAYRCA Reading Program and Grier's Library.

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