Street Love (2006) by Walter Dean Myers.
I love this re-tellling of the Romeo and Juliet story. Young Damien Battle plays basketball and has worked hard in school. He’s set to go to a four year university when he meets Junice. Junice is trying to raise her little sister because her mother is locked up. Both are living with their grandmother who is being swallowed by Alzheimer’s so their social worker is threatening to split them up and put them in foster homes. Below is a little taste for you.
Here we see a busy school yard
Black, brown, and tan forms
Painting the illusion of music
With their bodies, ball-dancing between the
White lines of the court.
Young Damien Battle, comfortable in stride and gesture
Wearing his seventeen years easily around broad
Shoulders, saunters at the unhurried pace of
Hero knowing that the space that
Opens before him is his due.