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ISBN13: 9780544107717
ISBN10: 0544107713
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2015 Newbery Medal Winner

2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner

"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.

Review:

"Josh Bell, known on and off the court by the nickname Filthy McNasty, doesn't lack self-confidence, but neither does he lack the skills to back up his own mental in-game commentary: 'I rise like a Learjet — / seventh-graders aren't supposed to dunk./ But guess what?/ I snatch the ball out of the air and/ SLAM!/ YAM! IN YOUR MUG!' Josh is sure that he and his twin brother, JB, are going pro, following in the footsteps of their father, who played professional ball in Europe. But Alexander (He Said, She Said) drops hints that Josh's trajectory may be headed back toward Earth: his relationship with JB is strained by a new girl at school, and the boys' father health is in increasingly shaky territory. The poems dodge and weave with the speed of a point guard driving for the basket, mixing basketball action with vocabulary-themed poems, newspaper clippings, and Josh's sincere first-person accounts that swing from moments of swagger-worthy triumph to profound pain. This verse novel delivers a real emotional punch before the final buzzer. Ages 9 — 12. Agent: East West Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

In this middle grade novel in verse that's Love That Dog meets The Watsons Go to Birmingham meets Slam, twelve-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

About the Author

Kwame Alexander is an award-winning childrens book author and poet. His Book-in-a-Day writing and publishing program for upper elementary, middle, and high school students has created more than 2500 student authors in 50 schools across the U.S., and in Canada and the Caribbean. He lives with his family in Herndon, Virginia.

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Beverly B, March 3, 2015 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Crossover is the rare Newbery Award winner that will be as popular with tweens and teens as it is with adults. Like all of the great sports novels, Crossover is about much more than twins who are both basketball superstars. It is a touching and memorable story of family, the bonds of brothers and difficult life transitions. Kwame Alexander believes poetry can change the world and Crossover is a strong testament to his theory. This novel in verse reads like a novel. His shape verse and concrete poems are stunning. His word choice is powerful and thrilling. Even though the verses are short, and the story is short, Josh is a well developed character. Josh is someone every teen will understand. They will identify with his feelings of insecurity and betrayal. They will cheer for him in his games and his personal life. They may even write him a poem or two.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780544107717
Author:
Alexander, Kwame
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Sports Fiction-Basketball
Subject:
basketball;brothers;twins;sons;fathers;family;heart;poetry;crossover
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 9 up to 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Josh Bell, known on and off the court by the nickname Filthy McNasty, doesn't lack self-confidence, but neither does he lack the skills to back up his own mental in-game commentary: 'I rise like a Learjet — / seventh-graders aren't supposed to dunk./ But guess what?/ I snatch the ball out of the air and/ SLAM!/ YAM! IN YOUR MUG!' Josh is sure that he and his twin brother, JB, are going pro, following in the footsteps of their father, who played professional ball in Europe. But Alexander (He Said, She Said) drops hints that Josh's trajectory may be headed back toward Earth: his relationship with JB is strained by a new girl at school, and the boys' father health is in increasingly shaky territory. The poems dodge and weave with the speed of a point guard driving for the basket, mixing basketball action with vocabulary-themed poems, newspaper clippings, and Josh's sincere first-person accounts that swing from moments of swagger-worthy triumph to profound pain. This verse novel delivers a real emotional punch before the final buzzer. Ages 9 — 12. Agent: East West Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , In this middle grade novel in verse that's Love That Dog meets The Watsons Go to Birmingham meets Slam, twelve-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.
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