New York Times bestseller â?? Indie Next Pick
You gotta know the rules to play the game.Ball is life. Take it to the hoop. Soar. What can we imagine for our lives? What if we were the star players, moving and grooving through the game of life? What if we had our own rules of the game to help us get what we want, what we aspire to, what will enrich our lives?
Illustrated with photographs by Thai Neave,The Playbookis intended to provide inspiration on the court of life. Each rule contains wisdom from inspiring athletes and role models such as Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, LeBron James, Carli Lloyd, Steph Curry and Michelle Obama. Kwame Alexander also provides his own poetic and uplifting words, as he shares stories of overcoming obstacles and winning games in this motivational and inspirational book just right for graduates of any age and anyone needing a little encouragement.
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, includingBookedandThe 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 Paterson Poetry Prize. Kwame writes for children of all ages. His other works includeSurf's Up, a picture book,Crush: Love Poems for Teenagers, andHe Said She Said, a YA novel.
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"The volume reads like a series of locker- room pep talks by a coach with stories to tell and advice to give..."
“A stirring collection of 52 motivational poems-as-rules…”
"The advice never feels heavy-handed, and the author's voice shines through... This will appeal to fans of Alexander's previous middle-grade novels as well as young sports fans."
“Alexander uses sports as a metaphor for life in this earnest gathering of personal reminiscences.”