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Crossover
The Crossover
By (author): Kwame Alexander
9780544935204 Paperback, Trade English Age (years) from 10 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Siblings Mar 05, 2019 Print Run: 150000
$12.99 CAD
Active 5.18 x 7.59 x 0.68 in 256 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt HMH Books for Young Readers
New York Times bestseller â?? Newbery Medal Winner â??Coretta Scott King Honor Award â??2015 YALSA 2015 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adultsâ??2015 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers â??Publishers Weekly Best Book â?? School Library Journal Best Bookâ?? Kirkus BestBook

"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.

Kwame Alexander is a poet, children's book author, playwright, producer, public speaker and performer. He conducts creative writing workshops in middle and high schools, often reaching more than 500 students monthly. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the Washington, D.C. area. Visit his website atwww.bookinaday.org.

- Newbery Medal-winning novel and NYT bestseller in pb for the first time
- starred review from Kirkus
- starred review from Publishers Weekly
- starred review from School Library Journal
- named a School Library Journal, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly Best Book
- 150k print run
- HC has sold nearly 5k copies in Canada


- 150k print run
- Award-winning New York Times bestseller in hardcover
- 2015 Newbery Medal Winner
- 2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner
- starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal
- over 3k copies of the hardcover sold in Canada

2015 Newbery Medal Winner
2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner


* "This novel in verse is rich in character and relationships. . . . Poet Alexander deftly reveals the power of the format to pack an emotional punch."
Kirkus, starred review

* "Alexander fully captures Josh's athletic finesse and coming-of-age angst in a mix of free verse and hip-hop poetry that will have broad appeal. . . . This will inspire budding players and poets alike."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

* "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-worth triumph to profound pain."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "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

"Concrete poems that simulate on-court action, the novel's organization into "four quarters" (plus "warm-up" and "overtime") and a smattering of their father's 10 rules of basketball--as applicable to life as they are to the game--will draw in less avid readers, and the fully-fleshed characters and Josh's spellbinding wordplay will keep all readers riveted to find out if the brothers can mend the breach in their once iron-clad bond"
Shelf Awareness

"An accomplished author and poet, Alexander eloquently mashes up concrete poetry, hip-hop, a love of jazz, and a thriving family bond. The effect is poetry in motion."
Booklist

"The Crossover is destined to reach—and touch—readers who never gave basketball or poetry a second thought until now. It’s tough, muscular writing about a tender, unguarded heart."
BookPage

"[Alexander]'s at the top of his poetic game in this taut, complex tale of the crossover from brash, vulnerable boy to young adult."
Washington Post

"Since poet Alexander has the swagger and cool confidence of a star player and the finesse of a perfectly in-control ball-handler, wordplay and alliteration roll out like hip-hop lyrics, and the use of the concrete forms and playful font changes keep things dynamic."
—Horn Book Magazine

"Kwame Alexander’s sizzling, heartfelt story-in-verse gives readers that rich sense of SWISH! we feel when a basketball drops perfectly through a net. 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

“The characters of Kwame Alexander's verse-novel entered my heart, as it showed the many ways in which the basketball, the truth, love, and life cross over and between us.”
Marilyn Nelson, Newbery Honor winning author

"The Crossover is a masterful mix of rhythm and heart that tells the story of two brothers navigating the deep waters of love, loyalty, and championship play. Alexander’s verse is fluid and electric, poignant and wise, skillfully chronicling main character Josh’s tough lessons as he comes to realize that “true champions / learn / to dance / through / the storm.”
Joyce Sidman, Newbery Honor winning author

"Bold! Explosive! Yet still gently poetic. I love The Crossover. Everyone will."
Nikki Giovanni

"Kwame Alexander's cadenced basketball novel is a gem of poise and grace. His players come alive with the precision and control of an orchestrated musical composition. The poetry of the telling rings through to the heart. The Crossover crosses over as a gift to all ages."
Ashley Bryan, Two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner

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