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Clinton County Reads 2018 Voting Print
Active Image Voting is underway for the 13th annual Clinton County Reads.

The 2018 edition of the county-wide reading program features a diverse list of four titles from which to choose.

The nominated titles are The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood; The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas; A Mother's Reckoning by Sue Klebold and Andres Solomon; and The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead.

The ballot will be published periodically in the Wilmington News-Journal and also is available at all three public libraries in Clinton County. You also may vote by sending the title of your selection to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visiting the event's Facebook page. Votes must be cast by Dec. 14.

Clinton County Reads is a month-long event beginning in mid-March that invites the entire county to read one book and attend various programs and book discussions in order to bring everyone closer together.

Here is a brief summary of each of the books on the 2018 ballot:

  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood — Dystopian novel presents the story of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, once the United States, an oppressive world where women are no longer allowed to read and are valued only as long as they are viable for reproduction.
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas — Young adult novel depicts 16-year-old Starr Carter, who moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
  • A Mother's Reckoning by Sue Klebold and Andres Solomon — The mother of one of the two shooters at Columbine High School draws on personal recollections, journal entries, and video recordings to piece together what led to her son's unpredicted breakdown and shares insights into how other families might recognize warning signs.
  • The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead — Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are hunted by Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher.

Clinton County Reads is sponsored by the Blanchester Public Library, Sabina Public Library, and Wilmington Public Library.

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