Feature Book of the Week The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Monday, January 4, 2016


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.

About the Author
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including THE CROSSOVER, which received: the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Passaic Poetry Prize. His other works include the award-winning children’s picture book "Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band," recently optioned as a children’s television show, and the Junior Library Selection, "He Said She Said," a YA novel. Alexander believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his Book-in-a-Day literacy program which has created more than 3,000 student authors at 69 schools across the US, Canada, and the Caribbean. A regular speaker and workshop presenter at conferences in the U.S., he also travels the world planting seeds of literary love (Brazil, Italy, France, and Turkey). Recently, Alexander led a delegation of 20 writers and activists to Ghana, where they delivered books, built a library, and provided literacy professional development to 300 teachers, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an International literacy program he co-founded. In 2015, Kwame served as Bank Street College of Education’s first writer-in-residence. The Kwame Alexander Papers, a collection of his writings, correspondence, and other professional and personal documents is held at the George Washington University Gelman Library.  Visit him at KwameAlexander.com.

11 Delicious Comments:

KRuzicka said...

LOVED this book! The ending caught me a bit off guard.

KRuzicka said...

I feel the same about the ending. It was a GREAT book though! I'm glad to hear that he has a new book coming out too!

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Anonymous said...

I liked this book because of the plot twists and story line.

Anonymous said...

I liked this book because of the plot twists and the characters.

Anonymous said...

I believe Josh and Jordan fight about basketball and what their family means to them. I can't wait to read it!


Hazelwood Central Middle School

Anonymous said...

This book was very exciting and upsetting at the same time. It puts mixed emotions in your head and has you thinking whether or not your againist or with the story teller. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys basketball or sports.

Tammira Willimas
Hazelwood Central Middle School

Anonymous said...

Based on the cover and summary, I can already tell The Crossover will be a very interesting book.I'm excited to read it because I enjoy reading certain books about sports like basketball. I look forward to reading the story about Joshua and his passions.


Anonymous said...

This book is one of the rare books that non-sport lovers will like. The characters are sort of like a mixture of Romeo and Juliet with a hint of Helen of Troy.-

A student of Hazelwood Central Middle School

Kelly Collins -hixon middle said...

I loved how this book had an unexpected twist at the end that left me in tears and the way that the format of the book was changed, defenitly a twist all around.

Caroline From Hixson said...

I haven't read this book yet but, the reason is simply that I cannot get my hands on it! I have heard so many great things about it and cannot wait to read it.

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