Crossover, The

Kwame Alexander
"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.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2017-01-26

Felt like rap more than even poetry.

Reviewed: 2016-10-22

Awesome book! Written like a Hip Hop rap song. This would be a great way to sell it instead of just saying it's written like poetry.

It is written in verse which makes it a very smooth, easy read.  It's a mix of hip hop, basketball and poetry. It's an easy sell to Middle Schoolers.  I think this is an easy sell to any anthlete, male or female. It is nice to see the main characters are African American brothers who strive for greatness. It is very realistic for any middle school student who is struggling to juggle all that life throws at them at this time...academics, family, girls, brotherhood, and sports. Who can't relate to one of those, if not all, at some point in their childhood? How do Josh and Jb prioritize? What comes first? Do priorities change if tragedy strikes?

And guess what? It won the Coretta Scott King Award and the Newberry Medal.  

It could also be used as an excellent way to kick off a poetry unit to upper elementary students. If you leave off the couple instances where the reader infers why the parents go silent after arguments. 

 

 

 

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