What happens when you try to do the right thing but it all goes wrong?
In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son Xavier, who's headed to college in the fall. After years of single parenting, Valerie, a widow, faces the prospect of an empty nest. All is well until the Whitmans-a traditional family with new money and a secretly troubled teenaged daughter-raze the house and trees next door to build themselves a showplace.
With little in common except a property line, these two very different families quickly find themselves at odds: first, over an historic oak tree in Valerie's yard, and soon after, the blossoming romance between their two teenagers.
A Good Neighborhood asks big questions about life in America today-what does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don't see eye to eye-as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending love in a story that's as provocative as it is powerful. Macmillan Publishers | Kids Only (All Imprints) Winter 2020
Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin, March 2021
Product Dimensions: 8.3 L × 5.4 W × 0 H
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