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Concrete Rose - by Angie Thomas

International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of†The Hate U Give†in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.

If thereís one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, itís that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dadís in prison.

Lifeís not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mavís got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out heís a father.

Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But itís not so easy to sling dope, finish school,†and†raise a child. So when heís offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where heís expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove heís different.

When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can't just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. Heíll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.