"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood,... show more
"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander (He Said, She Said 2013). Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.
Publish date: March 18th 2014
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
A very deserving Newberry winner. I loved the poetry, the characters and the story about basketball and family. Its very heartfelt. One I will recommend.
this book is a quick read and perfect for kids who don't like to read. It's all written in verse, so there's not very many words on a page. good creativity, though not a whole lot of connection with the characters. Then again, I'm definitely not the target age group.
2015 Newbery Award Winner. With the constraints of being a book in verse, The Crossover felt more like a short story or a novella rather than a novel. Some of the poems were clever, and there were some appealing moments, but I was underwhelmed by the overall production.
I had the extreme pleasure this weekend to be in an audience filled with children’s book writers at the SCBWI conference. The culmination of this event was a keynote by the recently named Newbery winner, Kwame Alexander. Now I am a huge fan of this prize, as it is given to my favorite kind of read-a...
Last year one of the highlights of my Fall reading was Matthew Quick's lovely Boy21, which only failed perfect marks from me for two reasons: the title character's changing felt the faintest bit unrealistic, and the basketball failed to compel me at all. The Crossover has neither of those problems: ...