Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
»» A ‘searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood’, Concrete Rose hits hard. The story of seventeen year-old Maverick Carter follows the son of a former gang legend as he ‘takes care’ of his family. But, when Maverick learns that he is a new father, his perspective and priorities are radically altered.
Fat Chance Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado
»» Coming of age is never easy, especially when one doesn’t fit a stereotypical ‘mold’. Charlie Vega doesn’t have the easiest time of things growing up as a ‘fat Brown girl’, but she does have a boy she is crushing on and a best friend who supports her no matter what. Fat Chance Charlie Vega is smart, funny, and shows that regardless of how others see us, it is how we view ourselves that will win the day!
Yolk - Mary H.K. Choi
»» Sisters June and Jayne live two very different lives. While they were once very close with each other, time, distance, and difference have driven a wedge into their relationship. When June gets diagnosed with illness, the two are forced to confront each other and themselves. Another powerful character study from the mind of Mary H.K. Choi.
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