The Crossover (The Crossover #1)

The Crossover (The Crossover #1)

"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 "With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz ton...

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Title:The Crossover (The Crossover #1)
Author:Kwame Alexander
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:The Crossover
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

The Crossover (The Crossover #1) Reviews

  • Rincey
    Jun 13, 2016

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book, ...

    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...

    I picked this up at the library sale and used it for a Popsugar prompt for a book about sports. This book was well outside my genre both in scope, and in audience. Sports is not something I'm generally interested in reading about. Kwame Alexander is brilliant to use something as ba...

    Review originally posted on YA Love Newbery contenders aren?t often on my radar since I teach high school students, so the fact that I read two out of the three books blew my mind. I was sitting in my pajamas watching the live stream since we had a snow day and I threw up my arms ...

    I listened to this one on audiobook, which was a great way to experience this book since it is written in verse. ...

  • Jane
    Feb 09, 2015

    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...

    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. ...

  • Kristine
    Oct 12, 2014

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book, ...

    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...

    I picked this up at the library sale and used it for a Popsugar prompt for a book about sports. This book was well outside my genre both in scope, and in audience. Sports is not something I'm generally interested in reading about. Kwame Alexander is brilliant to use something as ba...

    Review originally posted on YA Love Newbery contenders aren?t often on my radar since I teach high school students, so the fact that I read two out of the three books blew my mind. I was sitting in my pajamas watching the live stream since we had a snow day and I threw up my arms ...

    I listened to this one on audiobook, which was a great way to experience this book since it is written in verse. ...

    This winsome novel in verse should appeal to reluctant-reading boys in a big way. Kwame Alexander mixes up the stanzas and styles, giving us the Bell family -- patriarch and ex-hoops great Chuck "Da Man" Bell, his wife Crystal (also a middle school principal), and his twin sons, Jordan...

    A beautiful story told in verse about twin brothers Josh and Jordan, basketball and family. The poetry is spare and tight, and the text is visually lively. There were many things going on in this terrific story, between the family interactions, the brothers growing older and a little a...

    It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while you read a book and it just blows you away. I really enjoy novels in verse even though I don't enjoy poetry like I probably should. I love how authors who write novels in verse can get across so much information with so few words. Some...

    I am not much of a fan of verse novels because I am a crabby jealous person. I pretty much have to write three times as many words to produce a book this thick and I bet it takes three times as long. I look at all that white space on the page and I feel: RESENTMENT. So that means ...

    I don't usually pick up books about basketball, or books in verse, but I saw Kwame speak at the Virginia Festival of the Book in 2015 and had to have THE CROSSOVER. Having read it at last, I can see why the cover is filled with awards. What an incredible book. I loved the characters, t...

    The rhythm, pacing, and heart of this novel in verse makes it probably the best I've ever read of this format. It's one of those books I am kicking myself for not having read sooner. Would be a good book for a middle school class read aloud. ...

    I love the rhythm and language of this novel in verse about twins who love basketball and their larger-than-life father, but don't always connect off the court. ...

    in like this book it is very funny sometime but it wasn't funny when there dad died when he had to heart attacks so i think you like so you should read this book ...

    This is a perfect read for middle grade or younger/more reluctant ya readers. What a gut punch of a book -- I wasn't expecting what I got at the end, and that turn of events was powerful. Alexander captures such a great 12-year-old boy here, in a way where he's completely normal, but t...

    Yasssss! It won the Newbery God Medal!!!!! Wow. I'm not a big poetry fan. But, wow. I do love basketball, and this book is written in verse about the life of one basketball playing twin in junior high. I dont think I could love it more. How did Alexander get so much emotion into so ...

  • Elizabeth
    May 07, 2015

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book, ...

    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...

    I picked this up at the library sale and used it for a Popsugar prompt for a book about sports. This book was well outside my genre both in scope, and in audience. Sports is not something I'm generally interested in reading about. Kwame Alexander is brilliant to use something as ba...

    Review originally posted on YA Love Newbery contenders aren?t often on my radar since I teach high school students, so the fact that I read two out of the three books blew my mind. I was sitting in my pajamas watching the live stream since we had a snow day and I threw up my arms ...

    I listened to this one on audiobook, which was a great way to experience this book since it is written in verse. ...

    This winsome novel in verse should appeal to reluctant-reading boys in a big way. Kwame Alexander mixes up the stanzas and styles, giving us the Bell family -- patriarch and ex-hoops great Chuck "Da Man" Bell, his wife Crystal (also a middle school principal), and his twin sons, Jordan...

    A beautiful story told in verse about twin brothers Josh and Jordan, basketball and family. The poetry is spare and tight, and the text is visually lively. There were many things going on in this terrific story, between the family interactions, the brothers growing older and a little a...

    It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while you read a book and it just blows you away. I really enjoy novels in verse even though I don't enjoy poetry like I probably should. I love how authors who write novels in verse can get across so much information with so few words. Some...

    I am not much of a fan of verse novels because I am a crabby jealous person. I pretty much have to write three times as many words to produce a book this thick and I bet it takes three times as long. I look at all that white space on the page and I feel: RESENTMENT. So that means ...

  • Ken
    Jun 01, 2014

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book, ...

    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...

    I picked this up at the library sale and used it for a Popsugar prompt for a book about sports. This book was well outside my genre both in scope, and in audience. Sports is not something I'm generally interested in reading about. Kwame Alexander is brilliant to use something as ba...

    Review originally posted on YA Love Newbery contenders aren?t often on my radar since I teach high school students, so the fact that I read two out of the three books blew my mind. I was sitting in my pajamas watching the live stream since we had a snow day and I threw up my arms ...

    I listened to this one on audiobook, which was a great way to experience this book since it is written in verse. ...

    This winsome novel in verse should appeal to reluctant-reading boys in a big way. Kwame Alexander mixes up the stanzas and styles, giving us the Bell family -- patriarch and ex-hoops great Chuck "Da Man" Bell, his wife Crystal (also a middle school principal), and his twin sons, Jordan...

  • Kelly
    Sep 20, 2014

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book, ...

    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...

    I picked this up at the library sale and used it for a Popsugar prompt for a book about sports. This book was well outside my genre both in scope, and in audience. Sports is not something I'm generally interested in reading about. Kwame Alexander is brilliant to use something as ba...

    Review originally posted on YA Love Newbery contenders aren?t often on my radar since I teach high school students, so the fact that I read two out of the three books blew my mind. I was sitting in my pajamas watching the live stream since we had a snow day and I threw up my arms ...

    I listened to this one on audiobook, which was a great way to experience this book since it is written in verse. ...

    This winsome novel in verse should appeal to reluctant-reading boys in a big way. Kwame Alexander mixes up the stanzas and styles, giving us the Bell family -- patriarch and ex-hoops great Chuck "Da Man" Bell, his wife Crystal (also a middle school principal), and his twin sons, Jordan...

    A beautiful story told in verse about twin brothers Josh and Jordan, basketball and family. The poetry is spare and tight, and the text is visually lively. There were many things going on in this terrific story, between the family interactions, the brothers growing older and a little a...

    It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while you read a book and it just blows you away. I really enjoy novels in verse even though I don't enjoy poetry like I probably should. I love how authors who write novels in verse can get across so much information with so few words. Some...

    I am not much of a fan of verse novels because I am a crabby jealous person. I pretty much have to write three times as many words to produce a book this thick and I bet it takes three times as long. I look at all that white space on the page and I feel: RESENTMENT. So that means ...

    I don't usually pick up books about basketball, or books in verse, but I saw Kwame speak at the Virginia Festival of the Book in 2015 and had to have THE CROSSOVER. Having read it at last, I can see why the cover is filled with awards. What an incredible book. I loved the characters, t...

    The rhythm, pacing, and heart of this novel in verse makes it probably the best I've ever read of this format. It's one of those books I am kicking myself for not having read sooner. Would be a good book for a middle school class read aloud. ...

    I love the rhythm and language of this novel in verse about twins who love basketball and their larger-than-life father, but don't always connect off the court. ...

    in like this book it is very funny sometime but it wasn't funny when there dad died when he had to heart attacks so i think you like so you should read this book ...

    This is a perfect read for middle grade or younger/more reluctant ya readers. What a gut punch of a book -- I wasn't expecting what I got at the end, and that turn of events was powerful. Alexander captures such a great 12-year-old boy here, in a way where he's completely normal, but t...

  • Donalyn
    Apr 13, 2014

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book, ...

    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...

    I picked this up at the library sale and used it for a Popsugar prompt for a book about sports. This book was well outside my genre both in scope, and in audience. Sports is not something I'm generally interested in reading about. Kwame Alexander is brilliant to use something as ba...

    Review originally posted on YA Love Newbery contenders aren?t often on my radar since I teach high school students, so the fact that I read two out of the three books blew my mind. I was sitting in my pajamas watching the live stream since we had a snow day and I threw up my arms ...

    I listened to this one on audiobook, which was a great way to experience this book since it is written in verse. ...

    This winsome novel in verse should appeal to reluctant-reading boys in a big way. Kwame Alexander mixes up the stanzas and styles, giving us the Bell family -- patriarch and ex-hoops great Chuck "Da Man" Bell, his wife Crystal (also a middle school principal), and his twin sons, Jordan...

    A beautiful story told in verse about twin brothers Josh and Jordan, basketball and family. The poetry is spare and tight, and the text is visually lively. There were many things going on in this terrific story, between the family interactions, the brothers growing older and a little a...

    It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while you read a book and it just blows you away. I really enjoy novels in verse even though I don't enjoy poetry like I probably should. I love how authors who write novels in verse can get across so much information with so few words. Some...

    I am not much of a fan of verse novels because I am a crabby jealous person. I pretty much have to write three times as many words to produce a book this thick and I bet it takes three times as long. I look at all that white space on the page and I feel: RESENTMENT. So that means ...

    I don't usually pick up books about basketball, or books in verse, but I saw Kwame speak at the Virginia Festival of the Book in 2015 and had to have THE CROSSOVER. Having read it at last, I can see why the cover is filled with awards. What an incredible book. I loved the characters, t...

    The rhythm, pacing, and heart of this novel in verse makes it probably the best I've ever read of this format. It's one of those books I am kicking myself for not having read sooner. Would be a good book for a middle school class read aloud. ...

    I love the rhythm and language of this novel in verse about twins who love basketball and their larger-than-life father, but don't always connect off the court. ...

  • Barbara
    Nov 27, 2014

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book, ...

    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...

    I picked this up at the library sale and used it for a Popsugar prompt for a book about sports. This book was well outside my genre both in scope, and in audience. Sports is not something I'm generally interested in reading about. Kwame Alexander is brilliant to use something as ba...

    Review originally posted on YA Love Newbery contenders aren?t often on my radar since I teach high school students, so the fact that I read two out of the three books blew my mind. I was sitting in my pajamas watching the live stream since we had a snow day and I threw up my arms ...

    I listened to this one on audiobook, which was a great way to experience this book since it is written in verse. ...

    This winsome novel in verse should appeal to reluctant-reading boys in a big way. Kwame Alexander mixes up the stanzas and styles, giving us the Bell family -- patriarch and ex-hoops great Chuck "Da Man" Bell, his wife Crystal (also a middle school principal), and his twin sons, Jordan...

    A beautiful story told in verse about twin brothers Josh and Jordan, basketball and family. The poetry is spare and tight, and the text is visually lively. There were many things going on in this terrific story, between the family interactions, the brothers growing older and a little a...

    It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while you read a book and it just blows you away. I really enjoy novels in verse even though I don't enjoy poetry like I probably should. I love how authors who write novels in verse can get across so much information with so few words. Some...

    I am not much of a fan of verse novels because I am a crabby jealous person. I pretty much have to write three times as many words to produce a book this thick and I bet it takes three times as long. I look at all that white space on the page and I feel: RESENTMENT. So that means ...

    I don't usually pick up books about basketball, or books in verse, but I saw Kwame speak at the Virginia Festival of the Book in 2015 and had to have THE CROSSOVER. Having read it at last, I can see why the cover is filled with awards. What an incredible book. I loved the characters, t...

    The rhythm, pacing, and heart of this novel in verse makes it probably the best I've ever read of this format. It's one of those books I am kicking myself for not having read sooner. Would be a good book for a middle school class read aloud. ...

    I love the rhythm and language of this novel in verse about twins who love basketball and their larger-than-life father, but don't always connect off the court. ...

    in like this book it is very funny sometime but it wasn't funny when there dad died when he had to heart attacks so i think you like so you should read this book ...

    This is a perfect read for middle grade or younger/more reluctant ya readers. What a gut punch of a book -- I wasn't expecting what I got at the end, and that turn of events was powerful. Alexander captures such a great 12-year-old boy here, in a way where he's completely normal, but t...

    Yasssss! It won the Newbery God Medal!!!!! Wow. I'm not a big poetry fan. But, wow. I do love basketball, and this book is written in verse about the life of one basketball playing twin in junior high. I dont think I could love it more. How did Alexander get so much emotion into so ...

    ??????? ???? ? ???? ??????? ????? ???? ???? ??? ?????? ?? ??? ?? ?????? ??? ????? ??? ??? ????? ????? ???. ????? ??? ???? ?? ???? ?? ?? ???? ??? ?? ???? ???? ??...

    Kwame Alexander is a poet who is not afraid to experiment. His choice of fiction verse mirrors the rhythm of the sport basketball and music. Now, I'm no musician. Nor am I poet. But I did see quite a bit going on in this terrific story that layers the complexity of family relationships...

    Not being a teenager and knowing absolutely nothing about basketball, I think it's pretty safe to say I'm not really the target audience for this novel. I love verse novels though and seeing a video of the author reading part of the story had me curious enough to give it a try and I ha...

    I didn't expect to like that book too much. I am not into basketball, and not easily drawn into this strange-rhymes-type-of-writing (it was also hard for me to get into the great Inside Out & Back Again). My daughter had no issue, she immediately found it extremely fun and funny, w...

    There's so much to like in this action-filled novel in verse about twin eight grade brothers with tremendous basketball talent. If Goodreads allowed me to give a 4.5, that would be my score for this book since it succeeds on so many levels and makes me want to fill my review with sport...

  • Beth
    May 02, 2014

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book, ...

    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...

    I picked this up at the library sale and used it for a Popsugar prompt for a book about sports. This book was well outside my genre both in scope, and in audience. Sports is not something I'm generally interested in reading about. Kwame Alexander is brilliant to use something as ba...

    Review originally posted on YA Love Newbery contenders aren?t often on my radar since I teach high school students, so the fact that I read two out of the three books blew my mind. I was sitting in my pajamas watching the live stream since we had a snow day and I threw up my arms ...

    I listened to this one on audiobook, which was a great way to experience this book since it is written in verse. ...

    This winsome novel in verse should appeal to reluctant-reading boys in a big way. Kwame Alexander mixes up the stanzas and styles, giving us the Bell family -- patriarch and ex-hoops great Chuck "Da Man" Bell, his wife Crystal (also a middle school principal), and his twin sons, Jordan...

    A beautiful story told in verse about twin brothers Josh and Jordan, basketball and family. The poetry is spare and tight, and the text is visually lively. There were many things going on in this terrific story, between the family interactions, the brothers growing older and a little a...

    It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while you read a book and it just blows you away. I really enjoy novels in verse even though I don't enjoy poetry like I probably should. I love how authors who write novels in verse can get across so much information with so few words. Some...

    I am not much of a fan of verse novels because I am a crabby jealous person. I pretty much have to write three times as many words to produce a book this thick and I bet it takes three times as long. I look at all that white space on the page and I feel: RESENTMENT. So that means ...

    I don't usually pick up books about basketball, or books in verse, but I saw Kwame speak at the Virginia Festival of the Book in 2015 and had to have THE CROSSOVER. Having read it at last, I can see why the cover is filled with awards. What an incredible book. I loved the characters, t...

    The rhythm, pacing, and heart of this novel in verse makes it probably the best I've ever read of this format. It's one of those books I am kicking myself for not having read sooner. Would be a good book for a middle school class read aloud. ...

  • Mary Ann
    Apr 09, 2014

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

  • Karen
    Apr 11, 2014

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

  • Laurie Anderson
    Jun 01, 2017

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

  • Sarah (YA Love)
    May 19, 2014

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book, ...

    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...

    I picked this up at the library sale and used it for a Popsugar prompt for a book about sports. This book was well outside my genre both in scope, and in audience. Sports is not something I'm generally interested in reading about. Kwame Alexander is brilliant to use something as ba...

    Review originally posted on YA Love Newbery contenders aren?t often on my radar since I teach high school students, so the fact that I read two out of the three books blew my mind. I was sitting in my pajamas watching the live stream since we had a snow day and I threw up my arms ...

  • Brandy Painter
    Sep 09, 2014

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

  • Brina
    Nov 22, 2016

    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...

  • Sarah
    Mar 18, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book, ...

    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...

    I picked this up at the library sale and used it for a Popsugar prompt for a book about sports. This book was well outside my genre both in scope, and in audience. Sports is not something I'm generally interested in reading about. Kwame Alexander is brilliant to use something as ba...

    Review originally posted on YA Love Newbery contenders aren?t often on my radar since I teach high school students, so the fact that I read two out of the three books blew my mind. I was sitting in my pajamas watching the live stream since we had a snow day and I threw up my arms ...

    I listened to this one on audiobook, which was a great way to experience this book since it is written in verse. ...

    This winsome novel in verse should appeal to reluctant-reading boys in a big way. Kwame Alexander mixes up the stanzas and styles, giving us the Bell family -- patriarch and ex-hoops great Chuck "Da Man" Bell, his wife Crystal (also a middle school principal), and his twin sons, Jordan...

    A beautiful story told in verse about twin brothers Josh and Jordan, basketball and family. The poetry is spare and tight, and the text is visually lively. There were many things going on in this terrific story, between the family interactions, the brothers growing older and a little a...

    It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while you read a book and it just blows you away. I really enjoy novels in verse even though I don't enjoy poetry like I probably should. I love how authors who write novels in verse can get across so much information with so few words. Some...

    I am not much of a fan of verse novels because I am a crabby jealous person. I pretty much have to write three times as many words to produce a book this thick and I bet it takes three times as long. I look at all that white space on the page and I feel: RESENTMENT. So that means ...

    I don't usually pick up books about basketball, or books in verse, but I saw Kwame speak at the Virginia Festival of the Book in 2015 and had to have THE CROSSOVER. Having read it at last, I can see why the cover is filled with awards. What an incredible book. I loved the characters, t...

    The rhythm, pacing, and heart of this novel in verse makes it probably the best I've ever read of this format. It's one of those books I am kicking myself for not having read sooner. Would be a good book for a middle school class read aloud. ...

    I love the rhythm and language of this novel in verse about twins who love basketball and their larger-than-life father, but don't always connect off the court. ...

    in like this book it is very funny sometime but it wasn't funny when there dad died when he had to heart attacks so i think you like so you should read this book ...

    This is a perfect read for middle grade or younger/more reluctant ya readers. What a gut punch of a book -- I wasn't expecting what I got at the end, and that turn of events was powerful. Alexander captures such a great 12-year-old boy here, in a way where he's completely normal, but t...

    Yasssss! It won the Newbery God Medal!!!!! Wow. I'm not a big poetry fan. But, wow. I do love basketball, and this book is written in verse about the life of one basketball playing twin in junior high. I dont think I could love it more. How did Alexander get so much emotion into so ...

    ??????? ???? ? ???? ??????? ????? ???? ???? ??? ?????? ?? ??? ?? ?????? ??? ????? ??? ??? ????? ????? ???. ????? ??? ???? ?? ???? ?? ?? ???? ??? ?? ???? ???? ??...

    Kwame Alexander is a poet who is not afraid to experiment. His choice of fiction verse mirrors the rhythm of the sport basketball and music. Now, I'm no musician. Nor am I poet. But I did see quite a bit going on in this terrific story that layers the complexity of family relationships...

    Not being a teenager and knowing absolutely nothing about basketball, I think it's pretty safe to say I'm not really the target audience for this novel. I love verse novels though and seeing a video of the author reading part of the story had me curious enough to give it a try and I ha...

  • Jodi Meadows
    Feb 05, 2016

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book, ...

    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...

    I picked this up at the library sale and used it for a Popsugar prompt for a book about sports. This book was well outside my genre both in scope, and in audience. Sports is not something I'm generally interested in reading about. Kwame Alexander is brilliant to use something as ba...

    Review originally posted on YA Love Newbery contenders aren?t often on my radar since I teach high school students, so the fact that I read two out of the three books blew my mind. I was sitting in my pajamas watching the live stream since we had a snow day and I threw up my arms ...

    I listened to this one on audiobook, which was a great way to experience this book since it is written in verse. ...

    This winsome novel in verse should appeal to reluctant-reading boys in a big way. Kwame Alexander mixes up the stanzas and styles, giving us the Bell family -- patriarch and ex-hoops great Chuck "Da Man" Bell, his wife Crystal (also a middle school principal), and his twin sons, Jordan...

    A beautiful story told in verse about twin brothers Josh and Jordan, basketball and family. The poetry is spare and tight, and the text is visually lively. There were many things going on in this terrific story, between the family interactions, the brothers growing older and a little a...

    It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while you read a book and it just blows you away. I really enjoy novels in verse even though I don't enjoy poetry like I probably should. I love how authors who write novels in verse can get across so much information with so few words. Some...

    I am not much of a fan of verse novels because I am a crabby jealous person. I pretty much have to write three times as many words to produce a book this thick and I bet it takes three times as long. I look at all that white space on the page and I feel: RESENTMENT. So that means ...

    I don't usually pick up books about basketball, or books in verse, but I saw Kwame speak at the Virginia Festival of the Book in 2015 and had to have THE CROSSOVER. Having read it at last, I can see why the cover is filled with awards. What an incredible book. I loved the characters, t...

  • Barb Middleton
    Aug 19, 2014

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book, ...

    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...

    I picked this up at the library sale and used it for a Popsugar prompt for a book about sports. This book was well outside my genre both in scope, and in audience. Sports is not something I'm generally interested in reading about. Kwame Alexander is brilliant to use something as ba...

    Review originally posted on YA Love Newbery contenders aren?t often on my radar since I teach high school students, so the fact that I read two out of the three books blew my mind. I was sitting in my pajamas watching the live stream since we had a snow day and I threw up my arms ...

    I listened to this one on audiobook, which was a great way to experience this book since it is written in verse. ...

    This winsome novel in verse should appeal to reluctant-reading boys in a big way. Kwame Alexander mixes up the stanzas and styles, giving us the Bell family -- patriarch and ex-hoops great Chuck "Da Man" Bell, his wife Crystal (also a middle school principal), and his twin sons, Jordan...

    A beautiful story told in verse about twin brothers Josh and Jordan, basketball and family. The poetry is spare and tight, and the text is visually lively. There were many things going on in this terrific story, between the family interactions, the brothers growing older and a little a...

    It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while you read a book and it just blows you away. I really enjoy novels in verse even though I don't enjoy poetry like I probably should. I love how authors who write novels in verse can get across so much information with so few words. Some...

    I am not much of a fan of verse novels because I am a crabby jealous person. I pretty much have to write three times as many words to produce a book this thick and I bet it takes three times as long. I look at all that white space on the page and I feel: RESENTMENT. So that means ...

    I don't usually pick up books about basketball, or books in verse, but I saw Kwame speak at the Virginia Festival of the Book in 2015 and had to have THE CROSSOVER. Having read it at last, I can see why the cover is filled with awards. What an incredible book. I loved the characters, t...

    The rhythm, pacing, and heart of this novel in verse makes it probably the best I've ever read of this format. It's one of those books I am kicking myself for not having read sooner. Would be a good book for a middle school class read aloud. ...

    I love the rhythm and language of this novel in verse about twins who love basketball and their larger-than-life father, but don't always connect off the court. ...

    in like this book it is very funny sometime but it wasn't funny when there dad died when he had to heart attacks so i think you like so you should read this book ...

    This is a perfect read for middle grade or younger/more reluctant ya readers. What a gut punch of a book -- I wasn't expecting what I got at the end, and that turn of events was powerful. Alexander captures such a great 12-year-old boy here, in a way where he's completely normal, but t...

    Yasssss! It won the Newbery God Medal!!!!! Wow. I'm not a big poetry fan. But, wow. I do love basketball, and this book is written in verse about the life of one basketball playing twin in junior high. I dont think I could love it more. How did Alexander get so much emotion into so ...

    ??????? ???? ? ???? ??????? ????? ???? ???? ??? ?????? ?? ??? ?? ?????? ??? ????? ??? ??? ????? ????? ???. ????? ??? ???? ?? ???? ?? ?? ???? ??? ?? ???? ???? ??...

    Kwame Alexander is a poet who is not afraid to experiment. His choice of fiction verse mirrors the rhythm of the sport basketball and music. Now, I'm no musician. Nor am I poet. But I did see quite a bit going on in this terrific story that layers the complexity of family relationships...

  • Jennifer
    May 01, 2014

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

  • Angie
    Dec 18, 2014

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book, ...

    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...

    I picked this up at the library sale and used it for a Popsugar prompt for a book about sports. This book was well outside my genre both in scope, and in audience. Sports is not something I'm generally interested in reading about. Kwame Alexander is brilliant to use something as ba...

    Review originally posted on YA Love Newbery contenders aren?t often on my radar since I teach high school students, so the fact that I read two out of the three books blew my mind. I was sitting in my pajamas watching the live stream since we had a snow day and I threw up my arms ...

    I listened to this one on audiobook, which was a great way to experience this book since it is written in verse. ...

    This winsome novel in verse should appeal to reluctant-reading boys in a big way. Kwame Alexander mixes up the stanzas and styles, giving us the Bell family -- patriarch and ex-hoops great Chuck "Da Man" Bell, his wife Crystal (also a middle school principal), and his twin sons, Jordan...

    A beautiful story told in verse about twin brothers Josh and Jordan, basketball and family. The poetry is spare and tight, and the text is visually lively. There were many things going on in this terrific story, between the family interactions, the brothers growing older and a little a...

    It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while you read a book and it just blows you away. I really enjoy novels in verse even though I don't enjoy poetry like I probably should. I love how authors who write novels in verse can get across so much information with so few words. Some...

  • jv poore
    Nov 08, 2017

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

  • Britany
    Mar 07, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book, ...

    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...

    I picked this up at the library sale and used it for a Popsugar prompt for a book about sports. This book was well outside my genre both in scope, and in audience. Sports is not something I'm generally interested in reading about. Kwame Alexander is brilliant to use something as ba...

  • Stephanie  Weatherly
    Oct 04, 2016

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book, ...

    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...

  • Lata
    Feb 26, 2017

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book, ...

    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...

    I picked this up at the library sale and used it for a Popsugar prompt for a book about sports. This book was well outside my genre both in scope, and in audience. Sports is not something I'm generally interested in reading about. Kwame Alexander is brilliant to use something as ba...

    Review originally posted on YA Love Newbery contenders aren?t often on my radar since I teach high school students, so the fact that I read two out of the three books blew my mind. I was sitting in my pajamas watching the live stream since we had a snow day and I threw up my arms ...

    I listened to this one on audiobook, which was a great way to experience this book since it is written in verse. ...

    This winsome novel in verse should appeal to reluctant-reading boys in a big way. Kwame Alexander mixes up the stanzas and styles, giving us the Bell family -- patriarch and ex-hoops great Chuck "Da Man" Bell, his wife Crystal (also a middle school principal), and his twin sons, Jordan...

    A beautiful story told in verse about twin brothers Josh and Jordan, basketball and family. The poetry is spare and tight, and the text is visually lively. There were many things going on in this terrific story, between the family interactions, the brothers growing older and a little a...

  • Liza Fireman
    Oct 16, 2016

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book, ...

    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...

    I picked this up at the library sale and used it for a Popsugar prompt for a book about sports. This book was well outside my genre both in scope, and in audience. Sports is not something I'm generally interested in reading about. Kwame Alexander is brilliant to use something as ba...

    Review originally posted on YA Love Newbery contenders aren?t often on my radar since I teach high school students, so the fact that I read two out of the three books blew my mind. I was sitting in my pajamas watching the live stream since we had a snow day and I threw up my arms ...

    I listened to this one on audiobook, which was a great way to experience this book since it is written in verse. ...

    This winsome novel in verse should appeal to reluctant-reading boys in a big way. Kwame Alexander mixes up the stanzas and styles, giving us the Bell family -- patriarch and ex-hoops great Chuck "Da Man" Bell, his wife Crystal (also a middle school principal), and his twin sons, Jordan...

    A beautiful story told in verse about twin brothers Josh and Jordan, basketball and family. The poetry is spare and tight, and the text is visually lively. There were many things going on in this terrific story, between the family interactions, the brothers growing older and a little a...

    It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while you read a book and it just blows you away. I really enjoy novels in verse even though I don't enjoy poetry like I probably should. I love how authors who write novels in verse can get across so much information with so few words. Some...

    I am not much of a fan of verse novels because I am a crabby jealous person. I pretty much have to write three times as many words to produce a book this thick and I bet it takes three times as long. I look at all that white space on the page and I feel: RESENTMENT. So that means ...

    I don't usually pick up books about basketball, or books in verse, but I saw Kwame speak at the Virginia Festival of the Book in 2015 and had to have THE CROSSOVER. Having read it at last, I can see why the cover is filled with awards. What an incredible book. I loved the characters, t...

    The rhythm, pacing, and heart of this novel in verse makes it probably the best I've ever read of this format. It's one of those books I am kicking myself for not having read sooner. Would be a good book for a middle school class read aloud. ...

    I love the rhythm and language of this novel in verse about twins who love basketball and their larger-than-life father, but don't always connect off the court. ...

    in like this book it is very funny sometime but it wasn't funny when there dad died when he had to heart attacks so i think you like so you should read this book ...

    This is a perfect read for middle grade or younger/more reluctant ya readers. What a gut punch of a book -- I wasn't expecting what I got at the end, and that turn of events was powerful. Alexander captures such a great 12-year-old boy here, in a way where he's completely normal, but t...

    Yasssss! It won the Newbery God Medal!!!!! Wow. I'm not a big poetry fan. But, wow. I do love basketball, and this book is written in verse about the life of one basketball playing twin in junior high. I dont think I could love it more. How did Alexander get so much emotion into so ...

    ??????? ???? ? ???? ??????? ????? ???? ???? ??? ?????? ?? ??? ?? ?????? ??? ????? ??? ??? ????? ????? ???. ????? ??? ???? ?? ???? ?? ?? ???? ??? ?? ???? ???? ??...

    Kwame Alexander is a poet who is not afraid to experiment. His choice of fiction verse mirrors the rhythm of the sport basketball and music. Now, I'm no musician. Nor am I poet. But I did see quite a bit going on in this terrific story that layers the complexity of family relationships...

    Not being a teenager and knowing absolutely nothing about basketball, I think it's pretty safe to say I'm not really the target audience for this novel. I love verse novels though and seeing a video of the author reading part of the story had me curious enough to give it a try and I ha...

    I didn't expect to like that book too much. I am not into basketball, and not easily drawn into this strange-rhymes-type-of-writing (it was also hard for me to get into the great Inside Out & Back Again). My daughter had no issue, she immediately found it extremely fun and funny, w...

  • Lisa
    Jun 30, 2015

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

  • Sean-Wyn
    Jan 22, 2017

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

  • Braelyn
    Mar 13, 2017

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book, ...

    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...

    I picked this up at the library sale and used it for a Popsugar prompt for a book about sports. This book was well outside my genre both in scope, and in audience. Sports is not something I'm generally interested in reading about. Kwame Alexander is brilliant to use something as ba...

    Review originally posted on YA Love Newbery contenders aren?t often on my radar since I teach high school students, so the fact that I read two out of the three books blew my mind. I was sitting in my pajamas watching the live stream since we had a snow day and I threw up my arms ...

    I listened to this one on audiobook, which was a great way to experience this book since it is written in verse. ...

    This winsome novel in verse should appeal to reluctant-reading boys in a big way. Kwame Alexander mixes up the stanzas and styles, giving us the Bell family -- patriarch and ex-hoops great Chuck "Da Man" Bell, his wife Crystal (also a middle school principal), and his twin sons, Jordan...

    A beautiful story told in verse about twin brothers Josh and Jordan, basketball and family. The poetry is spare and tight, and the text is visually lively. There were many things going on in this terrific story, between the family interactions, the brothers growing older and a little a...

    It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while you read a book and it just blows you away. I really enjoy novels in verse even though I don't enjoy poetry like I probably should. I love how authors who write novels in verse can get across so much information with so few words. Some...

    I am not much of a fan of verse novels because I am a crabby jealous person. I pretty much have to write three times as many words to produce a book this thick and I bet it takes three times as long. I look at all that white space on the page and I feel: RESENTMENT. So that means ...

    I don't usually pick up books about basketball, or books in verse, but I saw Kwame speak at the Virginia Festival of the Book in 2015 and had to have THE CROSSOVER. Having read it at last, I can see why the cover is filled with awards. What an incredible book. I loved the characters, t...

    The rhythm, pacing, and heart of this novel in verse makes it probably the best I've ever read of this format. It's one of those books I am kicking myself for not having read sooner. Would be a good book for a middle school class read aloud. ...

    I love the rhythm and language of this novel in verse about twins who love basketball and their larger-than-life father, but don't always connect off the court. ...

    in like this book it is very funny sometime but it wasn't funny when there dad died when he had to heart attacks so i think you like so you should read this book ...

  • Saleh MoonWalker
    Jun 21, 2017

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book, ...

    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...

    I picked this up at the library sale and used it for a Popsugar prompt for a book about sports. This book was well outside my genre both in scope, and in audience. Sports is not something I'm generally interested in reading about. Kwame Alexander is brilliant to use something as ba...

    Review originally posted on YA Love Newbery contenders aren?t often on my radar since I teach high school students, so the fact that I read two out of the three books blew my mind. I was sitting in my pajamas watching the live stream since we had a snow day and I threw up my arms ...

    I listened to this one on audiobook, which was a great way to experience this book since it is written in verse. ...

    This winsome novel in verse should appeal to reluctant-reading boys in a big way. Kwame Alexander mixes up the stanzas and styles, giving us the Bell family -- patriarch and ex-hoops great Chuck "Da Man" Bell, his wife Crystal (also a middle school principal), and his twin sons, Jordan...

    A beautiful story told in verse about twin brothers Josh and Jordan, basketball and family. The poetry is spare and tight, and the text is visually lively. There were many things going on in this terrific story, between the family interactions, the brothers growing older and a little a...

    It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while you read a book and it just blows you away. I really enjoy novels in verse even though I don't enjoy poetry like I probably should. I love how authors who write novels in verse can get across so much information with so few words. Some...

    I am not much of a fan of verse novels because I am a crabby jealous person. I pretty much have to write three times as many words to produce a book this thick and I bet it takes three times as long. I look at all that white space on the page and I feel: RESENTMENT. So that means ...

    I don't usually pick up books about basketball, or books in verse, but I saw Kwame speak at the Virginia Festival of the Book in 2015 and had to have THE CROSSOVER. Having read it at last, I can see why the cover is filled with awards. What an incredible book. I loved the characters, t...

    The rhythm, pacing, and heart of this novel in verse makes it probably the best I've ever read of this format. It's one of those books I am kicking myself for not having read sooner. Would be a good book for a middle school class read aloud. ...

    I love the rhythm and language of this novel in verse about twins who love basketball and their larger-than-life father, but don't always connect off the court. ...

    in like this book it is very funny sometime but it wasn't funny when there dad died when he had to heart attacks so i think you like so you should read this book ...

    This is a perfect read for middle grade or younger/more reluctant ya readers. What a gut punch of a book -- I wasn't expecting what I got at the end, and that turn of events was powerful. Alexander captures such a great 12-year-old boy here, in a way where he's completely normal, but t...

    Yasssss! It won the Newbery God Medal!!!!! Wow. I'm not a big poetry fan. But, wow. I do love basketball, and this book is written in verse about the life of one basketball playing twin in junior high. I dont think I could love it more. How did Alexander get so much emotion into so ...

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  • Travis
    Nov 01, 2017

    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...

    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. ...

    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 bet...

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting. I adored this book. ...

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Ale...

    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. ...

    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?" Student: "No, ones with those poems in it." Be still my hear...

    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog"...

    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recomm...

    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5. ...

    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book, ...