When I Was the Greatest, by Jason Reynolds
Hands down, one of the best covers of all time, this is the story of Ali, his family, his neighbors (Noodles and Needles) and his neighborhood. Set in Bed-Stuy, 15 year old Ari is a kid who is just trying to mind his own business, train as a boxer, and hang out with his mom and little sister. When a friend manages to get him and his neighbors into an exclusive party, the fallout comes fast. Winner of the John Steptoe Award for New Talent.