By Kwame Alexander
Why this book?
Kwame Alexander is an astoundingly good writer for children and young adults. The Crossover is a verse novel, telling the story of 12-year-old basketball talent Josh and his twin brother Jordan (the Black sons of a former pro basketballer). The verse novel is a format that as an adult I have to admit I avoid like the plague - but Alexander uses poetry to unfold the action of the novel like an actual game of basketball. “The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering”. The pace is fast and mesmerizing, and this is a great one for pulling in reluctant readers. Middle-grade themes like friendships, dealing with new feelings, and struggling with family are all there, but delivered with a zest that will leave you satisfied and exhausted.
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