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.
reading on a Kindle. He believes Kindles are for
playing video games not reading. So I
decided to give it a chance. I’m glad I did. The Crossover
was written in verse
from the point of view of Josh aka Filthy. I
can’t tell you the last time I read a complete book written in verse, but my
son has read quite a few. Is this a trend in children’s literature?
novelist who started out with zero talent, I had to learn how to add internal dialogue, descriptions, and characterization in order to make my stories readable, it was very interesting to read a story that simply had the barest of
ingredients for a novel. But nothing was lost in the story. I wouldn’t have
enjoyed The Crossover any less if it had been written in traditionally. Kwame
Alexander handles metaphors like
Lebron handles a basketball (That was me trying to spit some verse).
diverse books and The Crossover fits the bill.