The Crossover

The Crossover

"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...

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Title:The Crossover
Author:Kwame Alexander
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Edition Language:English

The Crossover Reviews

  • Jennifer

    Dear Mr. Kwame Alexander, You've got some explaining to do, Mister. You are officially responsible for the first big Ugly Cry of 2014, and I am not really happy about it. Thanks for the foreshadowing that did NOTHING to prepare me for this book. You hear me? NO. THING. NOTHING. You better hope we never cross paths, because I will have a few words for you. That is all.

  • Jane

    Here's an experiment I'd like a teacher to try for me. Don't "teach" this Newbery Award winner. Instead, place a copy of Crossover on each student's desk before they enter the classroom. Maybe upside down and backward to make it a bit more tempting. And then wait to see what happens.

    If the students say, "Do we have to read this?" answer, "I was curious whether anyone would want to." If they say, "What are we going to do with this book?" answer, "I thought I'd ask you that question." If they ask

    Here's an experiment I'd like a teacher to try for me. Don't "teach" this Newbery Award winner. Instead, place a copy of Crossover on each student's desk before they enter the classroom. Maybe upside down and backward to make it a bit more tempting. And then wait to see what happens.

    If the students say, "Do we have to read this?" answer, "I was curious whether anyone would want to." If they say, "What are we going to do with this book?" answer, "I thought I'd ask you that question." If they ask, "Is there going to be a test?" answer, "Do you think there should be?" If they ask, "What's it about?" answer, "Just about anything you want it to be about." And then wait to see what happens.

    Maybe you could do a bit of action research. Count how many open it up, how many start acting up, how many keep chatting until they notice someone who doesn't usually read is getting caught up in its pages. Take notes on comments. You see, the book starts out,

    Dribbling

    At the top of the key, I'm

    MOVING & GROOVING

    POPping and ROCKING--

    Why you BUMPING?

    Why you LOCKING?

    Man, take this THUMPING.

    Be careful though,

    'cause now I'm CRUNKing

    CrissCROSSING

    FLOSSING

    flipping

    and my dipping will leave you

    S

    L

    I

    P

    P

    I

    N

    G on the floor, while I

    SWOOP in

    to the finish with a fierce finger roll...

    Straignt in the hole:

    Swoooooooooosh.

    But each chapter uses a different style of poetry (oh please don't have the kids analyze it all!). There's cool white space for taking notes (it'd be so cool to give each class a different ink color and let them make notes in to to the others using the same copy but don't require it). There's themes of friendship and family and courage and sportsmanship and academics and fairness and more (but don't make them write a five-paragraph essay) it isn't just a basketball book. It's got something for everyone. Try it. And let me know what happens.

  • Laurie Halse Anderson

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting.

    I adored this book.

  • Brina

    Kwame Alexander's The Crossover won both the Newberry and Coretta Scott King Awards for children's literature in 2014. Combining beautiful prose with poetry that jumps off the page, Alexander tells the story of twin thirteen year basketball players Jordan and Josh Bell in a manner that makes reading fun for middle grade kids. Using basketball as a metaphor for life, Alexander imparts life lessons to adolescents in a non threatening way that has teachers reaching for his books.

    Josh and Jordan "J

    Kwame Alexander's The Crossover won both the Newberry and Coretta Scott King Awards for children's literature in 2014. Combining beautiful prose with poetry that jumps off the page, Alexander tells the story of twin thirteen year basketball players Jordan and Josh Bell in a manner that makes reading fun for middle grade kids. Using basketball as a metaphor for life, Alexander imparts life lessons to adolescents in a non threatening way that has teachers reaching for his books.

    Josh and Jordan "JB" Bell are the teen phenom sons of former superstar Chuck "Da Man" Bell and junior high principal Crystal Stanley-Bell. Josh is the better student, one inch taller, plays small forward, and aspires to go to Duke. Jordan attempts to emulate his idol Air Jordan, plays shooting guard like his namesake, and yearns to go to North Carolina. Both are all county players on their way to the big time. Their exploits on and off of the court are expressed through an emphatic onomatopoeia poetry that shows basketball as an art form.

    In addition to basketball, Alexander leads the Bells through teenage angst in the form of JB's new girlfriend Alexis, which leads to a rift between JB and Josh. Both Bell parents impart vital life lessons to the twins, which are relayed to the reader in the form of basketball lessons and vocabulary words. Not only has Alexander made reading entertaining for young readers by invoking current stars, he has also succeeded in making an entertaining book educational.

    Being an adult reader who loves sports, I read through this book in under an hour. The basketball as poetry in motion could be read out loud or in English classes, enabling teachers to encourage their students to write their own poetry. As I am on an ongoing quest to find quality literature for my children, Alexander's books seem like winners both in sports and life. Worthy of the Newberry and Coretta Scott King Award for quality African American literature, The Crossover merits 4.5 flying high stars. I will be looking for more of Kwame Alexander's books in the future.

  • Saleh MoonWalker

    احساسات خالص و بیان صادقانه اونها باعث میشه این داستان به یکی از داستان های واقعا تلخ این زمینه تبدیل بشه. تعلیق های خوبی هم داره که تا لحظه آخر در همون حالت نگهت میداره. سبک روایتش ساده س و سریع جلو میره.

    Basketball Rule #10

    A loss is inevitable,

    like snow in winter.

    True champions

    learn

    to dance

    through

    the storm.

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