Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (release date January 12, 2021
The author of The Hate You Give is back with this new prequel set seventeen years prior. Maverick Carter is the seventeen-year-old son of a former gang legend who has everything under control. Until, that is, he finds out he’s about to become a father. Suddenly, with a baby to depend on him, he finds out life is not so easy in a gang and wants to go straight. 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.