Chrystal D Giles + Take Back the Block

The author of Take Back the Block joins me on the podcast!

What a great book this is! Reading this MG book made me want to go out and affect change in my community. Wes is such an authentic character and I loved following him through this book. I was completely sucked in and think that this a fantastic book for kids to read!

Tune in to get to know Chrystal D Giles and hear all about her debut novel Take Back the Block. She shares her writing style with me and a special fact about her relationship with cats!

Brand-new kicks, ripped denim shorts, Supreme tee

Wes Henderson has the best style in sixth grade. That–and hanging out with his crew (his best friends since little-kid days) and playing video games–is what he wants to be thinking about at the start of the school year, not the protests his parents are always dragging him to.

But when a real estate developer makes an offer to buy Kensington Oaks, the neighborhood Wes has lived his whole life, everything changes. The grownups are supposed to have all the answers, but all they’re doing is arguing. Even Wes’s best friends are fighting. And some of them may be moving. Wes isn’t about to give up the only home he’s ever known. Wes has always been good at puzzles, and he knows there has to be a missing piece that will solve this puzzle and save the Oaks. But can he find it . . . before it’s too late?

Exploring community, gentrification, justice, and friendship, Take Back the Block introduces an irresistible 6th grader and asks what it means to belong–to a place and a movement–and to fight for what you believe in.

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