Reaction Upon Reading: I need more poetry books like this in my life!
“Basketball Rule #1 – In this game of life your family is the court and the ball is your heart. No matter how good you are, no matter how down you get, always leave your heart on the court.”
“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.
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.
“Basketball Rule #4 – If you miss enough of life’s free throws you will pay in the end.”
It is easy to see why this book won the Newberry award in 2014. I am officially planning to buy and read all of Alexander Kwame’s books. #obsessed
‘The Crossover’ tells the story of twin thirteen-year-old basketball players Jordan and Josh Bell. This is a unique book and reading experience as it is told through poetry and prose. Basketball is used as a metaphor for life and this book touches on some important adolescent life lessons. Each chapter is told through a different type of poetry and the use of white space is extremely creative.
Josh and Jordan “JB” Bell are basketball superstars. Their father was also a basketball phenomenon and their mother is a junior high principal. Although the boys are twins there are a few differences. Josh is more academic, an inch taller and plays small forward. JB plays shooting guard and is less focused on being the best and more focused on getting a girlfriend. This causes a rift between the two boys and is the catalyst for the conflict and life lessons told. We see them navigate family drama, loss, finding your own identity, jealousy, and the struggles of growing up.
You don’t need to love basketball or poetry to enjoy this book. It is a must read for all middle schoolers and adults alike. I absolutely adored this and can not recommend it enough.
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