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The Crossover (2014)

by Kwame Alexander(Favorite Author)
4.34 of 5 Votes: 5
0544289595 (ISBN13: 9780544289598)
Harcourt Brace and Company
review 1: I have a general wariness of novels in verse, but I thought this one was better than most. Josh's voice rings true to me, and the story flows well, with enough hints and history that the events feel natural, realistic. I admit to not knowing a lot of 12 year old boys that invested in a girlfriend -- it would have felt more authentic to me if Josh and Jordan had been 14 -- but that's a minor quibble. This will be a fun book to share with kids in school.
review 2: Written as a poem, this is the story of a boy and his twin brother who are obsessed about (and very skilled in) basketball. Their father was a former NBA player, so he's full of advice but the relationship full of warmth and good-natured teasing. Conflicts include the father's heart problems, the twin's
... more new girlfriend, and whether or not the team will win the championship. Fresh original voice and format. less
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Great story in verse. Quick read!
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