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On the Come Up


About the Book

This is the highly anticipated second novel by Angie Thomas, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning The Hate U Give.

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least get some streams on her mixtape. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But when her mom unexpectedly loses her job, food banks and shut-off notices become as much a part of her life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are, and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working class black families.

Brilliant, insightful, full of heart, this novel is another modern classic from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation.

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Critical Praise

Praise for THE HATE U GIVE: “…An important and timely novel that reflects the world today’s teens inhabit… Thomas delivers an authentic plot with realistic, relatable characters.” —Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (starred review)

Praise for THE HATE U GIVE: “Pair this powerful debut with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely’s All American Boys to start a conversation on racism, police brutality, and the Black Lives Matter movement.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062498564
  • ISBN 10: 0062498568
  • Imprint: Balzer + Bray
  • On Sale: 06/05/2018
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price: 23.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American
  • BISAC2: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Performing Arts / Music
  • BISAC3: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Homelessness & Poverty

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