Synopses & Reviews
New York Times
bestseller | Newbery Medal Winner | 2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award | 2015 YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults | 2015 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers | Publishers Weekly
Best Book | School Library Journal
Best Book | Kirkus Reviews
"A beautifully measured novel of life and line." The New York Times Book Review
"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," raps twelve-year-old Josh Bell. Thanks to their dad, he and his twin brother, Jordan, are kings on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood — he's got mad beats, too, which help him find his rhythm when it’s all on the line.
As their winning season unfolds, things begin to change. When Jordan meets a girl, the twins’ bond unravels. Told in dynamic verse, this fast and furious middle grade novel that started it all absolutely bounces with rhythm and bursts with heart.
"Bold! Explosive! Yet still gently poetic. I love The Crossover. Everyone will." Nikki Giovanni
"Quick timing, snazzy cadence, a wealth of energy, and deep affection for sports, family, and life in general — it’s all here, in these gripping scenes." Naomi Shihab Nye, National Book Award Finalist
"Alexander has crafted a story that vibrates with energy and heat and begs to be read aloud. A slam dunk." School Library Journal (Starred Review)
About the Author
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times
Bestselling author of 28 books, including Rebound
, the follow-up to his, Newbery medal-winning middle grade novel, The Crossover
. Some of his other works include Booked
, which was longlisted for the National Book Award, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Help You Aim, Shoot, and Score in this Game of Life
, and the picture books, Out of Wonder
and The Undefeated
, which was longlisted for the National Book Award, and won the Caldecott Medal, a Newbery Honor, and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.
A regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The NCTE/Charlotte Huck Honor, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. He believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people around the world through The Write Thing, his K-12 Writing Workshop. Kwame is the founder of Versify, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.