Concrete Rose

Angie Thomas

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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 there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s 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 dad’s in prison.


Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.


Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.


Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s 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. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

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ISBN – 9781406384444
Publisher – Walker Books Australia Pty, Li
Format – Paperback
Publication Date – 12/01/2021
Categories – Teen Fiction

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Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give


8 starred reviews – Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best William C. Morris Award Winner – National Book Award Longlist – Printz Honor Book – Coretta Scott King Honor Book – #1 New York Times Bestseller


Absolutely riveting –Jason Reynolds


Stunning. –John Green


This story is necessary. This story is important. —Kirkus (starred review)


Heartbreakingly topical. —Publishers Weekly (starred review)


A marvel of verisimilitude. —Booklist (starred review)


A powerful, in-your-face novel. —Horn Book (starred review)


Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter 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.


Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.


But what Starr does–or does not–say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


Want more of Garden Heights? Catch Maverick and Seven’s story in Concrete Rose, Angie Thomas’s powerful prequel to The Hate U Give.

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