Mock Mondays: Printz Award

Hi Everyone!  Its Becky.  Welcome to Mock Monday: Printz Award.  For anyone not familiar with the Printz Award it is an award given by the American Library Association for the best example of teen literature from the previous year.  You can find more information here. Here is my selection:

Title: Concrete Rose
Author: Angie Thomas
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter is just surviving. Maverick is adjusting to life as a teen father, his relationship with his girlfriend, Lisa, is in trouble, and he needs to make money to help his mother make ends meet. Maverick is torn between earning money honestly by working in a neighborhood store or earning large amounts of money illegally selling drugs. Maverick’s decisions will lead him on a journey that will turn him into a father and husband.

Printz Considerations: Angie Thomas received Printz Honors for her blockbuster debut novel, The Hate U Give. In the sequel, Thomas explores issues facing young African American men.  Concrete Rose uses Maverick to illustrate the struggle of doing the right thing versus circumstances. Maverick wants to do right by his family, but he is living on the cusp of poverty and must find a way to provide for his child immediately. The book perfectly displays how easy it is to fall into illegal activity. Maverick is beautifully written, and his story is relevant and may get Thomas noticed by the Printz Committee again.

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