Angie Thomas

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From the 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.

The son of a drug king, seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter is negotiating life in Garden Heights as he balances school, slinging dope, and working two jobs while his dad is in prison. He’s got it all under control – until, that is, Mav finds out he’s a father. Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. Loyalty, revenge and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. So when Mav is offered the chance to go straight, it's an opportunity – in a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing – to prove he’s different and figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

  • A poignant and searing exploration of Black boyhood and manhood from the critically acclaimed and bestselling author, revisiting Garden Heights by focusing on Maverick's origins as he becomes a father.
  • Angie has over 114k followers on Twitter and 107k on Instagram. She is committed to engaging with her readers through events at schools, libraries, art centres and more.
  • The Hate U Give has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 160 weeks and has sold 143k copies in the UK TCM. It has received numerous accolades, including the Carnegie CILIP Honour Award, and is now a major motion picture, starring Amandla Stenberg.

About the author

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.


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