Concrete Rose

by Angie Thomas
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Young Maverick Carter must find a way to balance loyalty to his gang with responsibility to his new family. A poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood that takes place seventeen years before The Hate U Give.
This title contains adult themes, language, and subject matter and is only recommended for older readers.

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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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Product Details

    • Grades: 9 - 12
    • Ages: 14 - and up
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-062-84671-6