The Crossover

The Crossover
The Crossover
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The Crossover. The Crossover is an award winning verse novel by poet and educator Kwame Alexander. A book filled with electric poetry to convert the most dubious poetry-haters. A fresh, exciting voice that's accessible for even novice readers. A great gift for young boys (and girls) that just might get them interested in reading.

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‘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’

12-year-old Josh and his twin Jordan have basketball in their blood. They’re kings of the court, star players for their school team. Their father used to be a champion player and they each want nothing more than to follow in his footsteps.
Both on and off the court, there is conflict and hardship which will test Josh’s bond with his brother. In this heartfelt novel in verse, the boys find that life doesn’t come with a play-book and it's not all about winning.

"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 has crafted a story that vibrates with energy and heat and begs to be read aloud. A slam dunk." School Library Journal, starred review 
"The poems dodge and weave with the speed of a point guard driving for the basket . . . swings from moments of swagger-worthy triumph to profound pain." Publishers Weekly, starred review 
"Full of heartbreak and exhilaration" Metro, The Best Books for Young Minds 
"Mesmerising... a beautifully constructed and powerfully emotional novel." Irish Times 

Paperback.

240 pages.

Written by Kwame Alexander.

20cm x 13cm.

Published by Andersen Press Limited.

Young adult fiction; poetry/novel.

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 32 books, a regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition. Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award, The Dominion Energy Strong Men and Women of Virginia, and The 2018 NEA Read Across America Ambassador. Kwame’s belief in the power of poetry and literature to inspire, engage, and empower young people is the guiding force behind the #AllBooksForAllKids initiative he created in partnership with Follett. Kwame is the Founding Editor of VERSIFY, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers whose mission to Change the World One Word at a Time. He's led cultural exchange delegations to Brazil, Italy, Singapore, and Ghana, where he built the Barbara E. Alexander Memorial Library and Health Clinic, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program he co-founded.

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