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Take Back the Block by Chrystal D. Giles
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Nov 09, 2021 | ISBN 9780593505250 | 309 Minutes

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★ ”The story echoes contemporary realities that, as its culmination indicates, take an entire community to confront, and it will undoubtedly push readers into action. An ambitious invitation for young readers that delivers promise for all.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

★ “This impressive debut is notable for its depiction of how gentrification pushes the working-class poor out of neighborhoods, as well as substantive ways that communities can protest, all for a middle grade audience. Wes is a humorous, likable, relatable narrator. . . . Giles has crafted an outstanding depiction of the nuances of gentrification as well as the struggle and joys of working-class Black families and communities.” —School Library Journal, Starred Review

“A timely, relatable story about family, friendship, community, and racism. The underlying message: you are never too young to make your voice heard.”—The Horn Book
“Timely and penetrating.” –Kelly Starling Lyons, author of Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations
“Chrystal Giles’s sparkling debut will have you standing up and cheering.”—Lisa Yee, National Book Award Finalist

“Filled with hope, friendship, and grit.” –Stacy McAnulty, author of The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

“Chrystal Giles really nailed it. I loved this book.” —Linda Williams Jackson, author of Midnight Without a Moon

“Necessary and inspiring. An empowering read.” —Ashley Herring Blake, author of the Stonewall Honor Book Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World


Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award NOMINEE 2022

ALA Quick Pick for Young Adult Reluctant Readers SELECTION 2022

CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young Readers SELECTION 2022

Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices SELECTION 2022

Kansas National Education Association Reading Circle Catalog SELECTION 2022

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