8. Team Seven
A debut novel from Iowa grad Marcus Burke, Team Seven follows Andre Battel as he navigates life in a neighborhood south of Boston. From hitting the basketball court to pushing weed to dealing with a father who appears as quickly as he vanishes, this book shows the just how tough growing up can be.
“This is one of those rare first books you’ll read again and again. The prose surges forward: relentless, plainspoken and artful, the people it describes laid bare, the tender heart at the center pulsing through each chapter. Unforgettable.”
—Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
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