Take Back the Block

Take Back the Block

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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 suppposed 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.

Title:Take Back the Block
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780593175170
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    Take Back the Block Reviews

  • CW (The Quiet Pond) ?

    Put this book on your to-read lists immediately.Take Back the Block is a story about gentrification, fighting for what is important, while also navigating change, friendships, and school. I loved love...

  • Linda Williams Jackson

    This book needs to be on the shelves of EVERY elementary school and public library. I can't wait for the world to meet Wes. I'm glad I did. Grateful to the publisher for providing me an early copy in ...

  • Kathie

    Thank you to the author and publisher for an eARC of this book.Here’s an example of a great debut middle grade novel; it’s an excellent length at 240 pages, has short chapters, and tells a story t...

  • Afoma (Reading Middle Grade)

    Take Back the Block is an insightful, inspiring, and hearty middle-grade book about community, friendship, and speaking up. This realistic debut also touches on poverty and homelessness as well as nav...

  • Sam Subity

    Take Back the Block is a great and necessary book that sheds light on the impact of gentrification on the communities and people that it's happening to. Main character Wes is a totally relatable hero ...

  • Alexandra

    I laughed, I cried, I finished it in under two hours. This is an essential book to keep in your classrooms, and could serve as a really interesting complement to All American Boys by Jason Reynolds. T...

  • Jeremy

    TAKE BACK THE BLOCK takes me back to that special time when I was in middle school trying to find my voice as a young Black man starting to see how my city was changing around me and how my friends an...

  • BookPulse

    It’s just after summer in Carolina, and shoe-obsessed eleven-year-old Wes Henderson is thirsty and hot. It’s his BIRTHDAY, and he could be playing basketball with the crew. Instead, he’s holding...

  • Louisa Onom

    I read Chrystal D. Giles's TAKE BACK THE BLOCK at the right time. As many of you know, I'm a big fan of The Chi on Showtime (stay with me here, I promise this is relevant), and one of the main reasons...

  • Sierra Dertinger

    YES, YES, and YES. All elementary and middle school libraries and classroom libraries need this debut from Giles. Wes Henderson is a little anxious about the start of the school year. He'll be in sixt...