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Concrete Rose

Angie Thomas



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Walker Books
20 January 2021
No. 1 New York Times bestseller A powerful and important novel. Observer No one else who writes like Angie. Phenomenal. The Guardian From international phenomenon Angie Thomas comes a hard-hitting return to Garden Heights with the story of Maverick Carter, Starr's father, set seventeen years before the events of the award-winning The Hate U Give.

With his King Lord dad in prison and his mom working two jobs, seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter helps the only way he knows how: slinging drugs. Life's not perfect, but he's got everything under control. Until he finds out he's a father...

Suddenly it's not so easy to deal drugs and finish school with a baby dependent on him for everything. So when he's offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. But when King Lord blood runs through your veins, you don't get to just walk away.

Praise for The Hate U Give:

No. 1 New York Times Bestseller Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Award Winner of Children's Book of the Year at The British Book Awards Winner of the Amnesty CILIP Honour for the Carnegie Medal A major motion picture from Fox starring Amandla Stenberg The Hate U Give says more about the contemporary Black experience in America than any book I have read for years. Guardian A startling, important book. The Times Passionate and uncompromising. Observer Thomas has given a voice to her generation. Stylist One of the most important books. Nikesh Shukla Stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching. John Green Utterly compelling. Sunday Times
By:   Angie Thomas
Imprint:   Walker Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   234g
ISBN:   9781406384444
ISBN 10:   1406384445
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   20 January 2021
Recommended Age:   From 14 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Angie Thomas is the author of the hugely critically acclaimed and bestselling The Hate U Give. She was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. A former teen rapper, she is the recipient of a Walter Dean Myers Grant, awarded by the We Need Diverse Books campaign. You can find her on Twitter: @acthomasbooks or visit her website, angiethomas.com.

Reviews for Concrete Rose

Like Thomas's other work, this is a book that will stay with you. -- Claire Hennessy * The Irish Times * Thomas's prequel to the award-winning The Hate U Give investigates the pride and pain of being a black boy on the brink of man hood with humour, clarity and pathos. * The Guardian * A blistering, unputdownable look at black boyhood in the US, and what it means to be a man. It can be read as a standalone, but knowledge of The Hate U Give will make for a richer reading experience. * The Bookseller * This is searing, moving, but never sentimental. * The Irish Examiner * Angie Thomas returns to the world of her award-winning debut The Hate U Give in one of the most awaited books of 2021. [...] Thomas smashes stereotypes at every turn in the lives of her raw, complex and unforgettable characters, her writing underpinned by immense humanity. A powerful and important novel. * The Observer *

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