Rebound

Rebound

Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshipping, basketball star his sons look up to.   ...

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Title:Rebound
Author:Kwame Alexander
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:Rebound
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

Rebound Reviews

  • Dan
    Apr 03, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

    OMG. I'm in love with this. ...

    It was a good read. ...

    There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the...

    I read this to see if Owen would like it. I think he will. It's tough to find things for him to read right now. The writing style is fun to follow, and the quick chapters keep the story moving. We will see what he thinks. Very appropriate story for middle schoolers. ...

    I love Kwame Alexander?s books for how excited kids are about reading them. I had it out yesterday while I read a little bit during our independent reading day, and I already had multiple kids ask me if they could borrow it next. ...

    Much longer than the other novels in verse by Kwame Alexander. This is the story of the twins from The Crossover's dad during the summer of 1988. Some fun cultural throwbacks, but mostly a story about growing up and letting go. ...

    If you are looking for a book that takes you on a journey about learning to accept and love your family, friends and the game of basketball, this novel.in verse is for you. ...

    A really beautiful story of a boy dealing with the sudden and tragic death of his father. I can't think of any other children's book about grief that is handled in such a profound way without ever being heavy-handed or saccharine. There are lots of wonderful moments that will mean a lo...

    I picked this book because I needed to read a poem book and I read the book Crossover also by Kwame Alexander. This book was pretty good but I liked the book Crossover better. ...

    4.5 stars. Probably Alexander?s best yet- both more consistent (hard to do in a verse novel) and higher peaks. The main thing holding me back from a full 5 stars are some of characters who seem more types than people. Chuck and his Mom are well-wrought but Percy is a bit the Magic Gr...

    It?s not necessary to read The Crossover to enjoy this prequel about Josh?s dad Chuck, and the summer he learns to rebound both on and off the court. It?s also the summer he learns how to really play ball. To become the GREAT Chuck Bell. How he stops being Charlie. How he meets t...

    I know my friend Joe found many anachronisms in this, but I'm going to plug my ears and sing la la la. I loved this so much. Give me curmudgeony grandpa and I'm a happy girl. Also, there is a girl superstar basketball player here that deserves everything that comes her way. Tha...

    4.5 ...

    Charlie Bell, who later is the great Chuck ?Da Man? Bell in The Crossover, is a young boy of 12 who just lost his father. He doesn?t know how to grieve, and neither does his mother. They struggle to be around one another so much so that eventually Charlie?s mother decides to se...

    I probably owe Kwame Alexander $10. Or an autographed Harlem Globetrotters basketball. Because he makes me look like the best librarian ever when he writes books like this that I can casually hand off to kids who have no idea what's about to hit them. Like Crossover, Rebound is disguis...

    Why has it taken me this long to read Kwame Alexander? His voice was made for verse novels. I haven't read The Crossover but I plan to now. He sold me with Charlie Bell's coming-of-age story about a summer spent with his grandparents. It has basketball, Marvel comics, 80s references, c...

    Crossover was the first Kwame Alexander book I read. I liked it, but found myself getting confused from time to time because I'm not a sports person. But the style of writing and the fact that there is a good story had me hooked. Rebound is a prequel to Crossover. I could not put i...

    Anticipating which books might fall into a child's heart is one of my favorite parts of teaching. Sharing Charlie Bell's story today in class was like tossing the ball off the backboard on a fast break without looking and KNOWING a list of kids were ready to throw it down! I hi...

  • Abby Johnson
    Mar 20, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

  • Lindsey
    May 23, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

    OMG. I'm in love with this. ...

    It was a good read. ...

    There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the...

    I read this to see if Owen would like it. I think he will. It's tough to find things for him to read right now. The writing style is fun to follow, and the quick chapters keep the story moving. We will see what he thinks. Very appropriate story for middle schoolers. ...

    I love Kwame Alexander?s books for how excited kids are about reading them. I had it out yesterday while I read a little bit during our independent reading day, and I already had multiple kids ask me if they could borrow it next. ...

    Much longer than the other novels in verse by Kwame Alexander. This is the story of the twins from The Crossover's dad during the summer of 1988. Some fun cultural throwbacks, but mostly a story about growing up and letting go. ...

    If you are looking for a book that takes you on a journey about learning to accept and love your family, friends and the game of basketball, this novel.in verse is for you. ...

    A really beautiful story of a boy dealing with the sudden and tragic death of his father. I can't think of any other children's book about grief that is handled in such a profound way without ever being heavy-handed or saccharine. There are lots of wonderful moments that will mean a lo...

    I picked this book because I needed to read a poem book and I read the book Crossover also by Kwame Alexander. This book was pretty good but I liked the book Crossover better. ...

    4.5 stars. Probably Alexander?s best yet- both more consistent (hard to do in a verse novel) and higher peaks. The main thing holding me back from a full 5 stars are some of characters who seem more types than people. Chuck and his Mom are well-wrought but Percy is a bit the Magic Gr...

    It?s not necessary to read The Crossover to enjoy this prequel about Josh?s dad Chuck, and the summer he learns to rebound both on and off the court. It?s also the summer he learns how to really play ball. To become the GREAT Chuck Bell. How he stops being Charlie. How he meets t...

    I know my friend Joe found many anachronisms in this, but I'm going to plug my ears and sing la la la. I loved this so much. Give me curmudgeony grandpa and I'm a happy girl. Also, there is a girl superstar basketball player here that deserves everything that comes her way. Tha...

    4.5 ...

    Charlie Bell, who later is the great Chuck ?Da Man? Bell in The Crossover, is a young boy of 12 who just lost his father. He doesn?t know how to grieve, and neither does his mother. They struggle to be around one another so much so that eventually Charlie?s mother decides to se...

    I probably owe Kwame Alexander $10. Or an autographed Harlem Globetrotters basketball. Because he makes me look like the best librarian ever when he writes books like this that I can casually hand off to kids who have no idea what's about to hit them. Like Crossover, Rebound is disguis...

    Why has it taken me this long to read Kwame Alexander? His voice was made for verse novels. I haven't read The Crossover but I plan to now. He sold me with Charlie Bell's coming-of-age story about a summer spent with his grandparents. It has basketball, Marvel comics, 80s references, c...

  • Joe
    Feb 20, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

  • Nicole
    Mar 08, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

  • Mrs. Krajewski
    Apr 04, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

    OMG. I'm in love with this. ...

    It was a good read. ...

    There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the...

    I read this to see if Owen would like it. I think he will. It's tough to find things for him to read right now. The writing style is fun to follow, and the quick chapters keep the story moving. We will see what he thinks. Very appropriate story for middle schoolers. ...

    I love Kwame Alexander?s books for how excited kids are about reading them. I had it out yesterday while I read a little bit during our independent reading day, and I already had multiple kids ask me if they could borrow it next. ...

    Much longer than the other novels in verse by Kwame Alexander. This is the story of the twins from The Crossover's dad during the summer of 1988. Some fun cultural throwbacks, but mostly a story about growing up and letting go. ...

    If you are looking for a book that takes you on a journey about learning to accept and love your family, friends and the game of basketball, this novel.in verse is for you. ...

    A really beautiful story of a boy dealing with the sudden and tragic death of his father. I can't think of any other children's book about grief that is handled in such a profound way without ever being heavy-handed or saccharine. There are lots of wonderful moments that will mean a lo...

    I picked this book because I needed to read a poem book and I read the book Crossover also by Kwame Alexander. This book was pretty good but I liked the book Crossover better. ...

    4.5 stars. Probably Alexander?s best yet- both more consistent (hard to do in a verse novel) and higher peaks. The main thing holding me back from a full 5 stars are some of characters who seem more types than people. Chuck and his Mom are well-wrought but Percy is a bit the Magic Gr...

    It?s not necessary to read The Crossover to enjoy this prequel about Josh?s dad Chuck, and the summer he learns to rebound both on and off the court. It?s also the summer he learns how to really play ball. To become the GREAT Chuck Bell. How he stops being Charlie. How he meets t...

    I know my friend Joe found many anachronisms in this, but I'm going to plug my ears and sing la la la. I loved this so much. Give me curmudgeony grandpa and I'm a happy girl. Also, there is a girl superstar basketball player here that deserves everything that comes her way. Tha...

    4.5 ...

    Charlie Bell, who later is the great Chuck ?Da Man? Bell in The Crossover, is a young boy of 12 who just lost his father. He doesn?t know how to grieve, and neither does his mother. They struggle to be around one another so much so that eventually Charlie?s mother decides to se...

  • DaNae
    Apr 03, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

    OMG. I'm in love with this. ...

    It was a good read. ...

    There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the...

    I read this to see if Owen would like it. I think he will. It's tough to find things for him to read right now. The writing style is fun to follow, and the quick chapters keep the story moving. We will see what he thinks. Very appropriate story for middle schoolers. ...

    I love Kwame Alexander?s books for how excited kids are about reading them. I had it out yesterday while I read a little bit during our independent reading day, and I already had multiple kids ask me if they could borrow it next. ...

    Much longer than the other novels in verse by Kwame Alexander. This is the story of the twins from The Crossover's dad during the summer of 1988. Some fun cultural throwbacks, but mostly a story about growing up and letting go. ...

    If you are looking for a book that takes you on a journey about learning to accept and love your family, friends and the game of basketball, this novel.in verse is for you. ...

    A really beautiful story of a boy dealing with the sudden and tragic death of his father. I can't think of any other children's book about grief that is handled in such a profound way without ever being heavy-handed or saccharine. There are lots of wonderful moments that will mean a lo...

    I picked this book because I needed to read a poem book and I read the book Crossover also by Kwame Alexander. This book was pretty good but I liked the book Crossover better. ...

    4.5 stars. Probably Alexander?s best yet- both more consistent (hard to do in a verse novel) and higher peaks. The main thing holding me back from a full 5 stars are some of characters who seem more types than people. Chuck and his Mom are well-wrought but Percy is a bit the Magic Gr...

    It?s not necessary to read The Crossover to enjoy this prequel about Josh?s dad Chuck, and the summer he learns to rebound both on and off the court. It?s also the summer he learns how to really play ball. To become the GREAT Chuck Bell. How he stops being Charlie. How he meets t...

    I know my friend Joe found many anachronisms in this, but I'm going to plug my ears and sing la la la. I loved this so much. Give me curmudgeony grandpa and I'm a happy girl. Also, there is a girl superstar basketball player here that deserves everything that comes her way. Tha...

  • Nikki
    Aug 04, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

    OMG. I'm in love with this. ...

    It was a good read. ...

    There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the...

    I read this to see if Owen would like it. I think he will. It's tough to find things for him to read right now. The writing style is fun to follow, and the quick chapters keep the story moving. We will see what he thinks. Very appropriate story for middle schoolers. ...

    I love Kwame Alexander?s books for how excited kids are about reading them. I had it out yesterday while I read a little bit during our independent reading day, and I already had multiple kids ask me if they could borrow it next. ...

    Much longer than the other novels in verse by Kwame Alexander. This is the story of the twins from The Crossover's dad during the summer of 1988. Some fun cultural throwbacks, but mostly a story about growing up and letting go. ...

    If you are looking for a book that takes you on a journey about learning to accept and love your family, friends and the game of basketball, this novel.in verse is for you. ...

    A really beautiful story of a boy dealing with the sudden and tragic death of his father. I can't think of any other children's book about grief that is handled in such a profound way without ever being heavy-handed or saccharine. There are lots of wonderful moments that will mean a lo...

  • Jenn Marshall
    Apr 28, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

    OMG. I'm in love with this. ...

    It was a good read. ...

    There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the...

    I read this to see if Owen would like it. I think he will. It's tough to find things for him to read right now. The writing style is fun to follow, and the quick chapters keep the story moving. We will see what he thinks. Very appropriate story for middle schoolers. ...

    I love Kwame Alexander?s books for how excited kids are about reading them. I had it out yesterday while I read a little bit during our independent reading day, and I already had multiple kids ask me if they could borrow it next. ...

    Much longer than the other novels in verse by Kwame Alexander. This is the story of the twins from The Crossover's dad during the summer of 1988. Some fun cultural throwbacks, but mostly a story about growing up and letting go. ...

    If you are looking for a book that takes you on a journey about learning to accept and love your family, friends and the game of basketball, this novel.in verse is for you. ...

    A really beautiful story of a boy dealing with the sudden and tragic death of his father. I can't think of any other children's book about grief that is handled in such a profound way without ever being heavy-handed or saccharine. There are lots of wonderful moments that will mean a lo...

    I picked this book because I needed to read a poem book and I read the book Crossover also by Kwame Alexander. This book was pretty good but I liked the book Crossover better. ...

    4.5 stars. Probably Alexander?s best yet- both more consistent (hard to do in a verse novel) and higher peaks. The main thing holding me back from a full 5 stars are some of characters who seem more types than people. Chuck and his Mom are well-wrought but Percy is a bit the Magic Gr...

    It?s not necessary to read The Crossover to enjoy this prequel about Josh?s dad Chuck, and the summer he learns to rebound both on and off the court. It?s also the summer he learns how to really play ball. To become the GREAT Chuck Bell. How he stops being Charlie. How he meets t...

    I know my friend Joe found many anachronisms in this, but I'm going to plug my ears and sing la la la. I loved this so much. Give me curmudgeony grandpa and I'm a happy girl. Also, there is a girl superstar basketball player here that deserves everything that comes her way. Tha...

    4.5 ...

    Charlie Bell, who later is the great Chuck ?Da Man? Bell in The Crossover, is a young boy of 12 who just lost his father. He doesn?t know how to grieve, and neither does his mother. They struggle to be around one another so much so that eventually Charlie?s mother decides to se...

    I probably owe Kwame Alexander $10. Or an autographed Harlem Globetrotters basketball. Because he makes me look like the best librarian ever when he writes books like this that I can casually hand off to kids who have no idea what's about to hit them. Like Crossover, Rebound is disguis...

    Why has it taken me this long to read Kwame Alexander? His voice was made for verse novels. I haven't read The Crossover but I plan to now. He sold me with Charlie Bell's coming-of-age story about a summer spent with his grandparents. It has basketball, Marvel comics, 80s references, c...

    Crossover was the first Kwame Alexander book I read. I liked it, but found myself getting confused from time to time because I'm not a sports person. But the style of writing and the fact that there is a good story had me hooked. Rebound is a prequel to Crossover. I could not put i...

  • Mary Ann
    Feb 12, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

  • Rachel Polacek
    Apr 04, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

    OMG. I'm in love with this. ...

    It was a good read. ...

    There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the...

    I read this to see if Owen would like it. I think he will. It's tough to find things for him to read right now. The writing style is fun to follow, and the quick chapters keep the story moving. We will see what he thinks. Very appropriate story for middle schoolers. ...

    I love Kwame Alexander?s books for how excited kids are about reading them. I had it out yesterday while I read a little bit during our independent reading day, and I already had multiple kids ask me if they could borrow it next. ...

  • Shauna Yusko
    Apr 06, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

    OMG. I'm in love with this. ...

  • Jordan Henrichs
    Apr 09, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

  • Karen
    Jun 14, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

    OMG. I'm in love with this. ...

    It was a good read. ...

    There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the...

    I read this to see if Owen would like it. I think he will. It's tough to find things for him to read right now. The writing style is fun to follow, and the quick chapters keep the story moving. We will see what he thinks. Very appropriate story for middle schoolers. ...

    I love Kwame Alexander?s books for how excited kids are about reading them. I had it out yesterday while I read a little bit during our independent reading day, and I already had multiple kids ask me if they could borrow it next. ...

    Much longer than the other novels in verse by Kwame Alexander. This is the story of the twins from The Crossover's dad during the summer of 1988. Some fun cultural throwbacks, but mostly a story about growing up and letting go. ...

    If you are looking for a book that takes you on a journey about learning to accept and love your family, friends and the game of basketball, this novel.in verse is for you. ...

    A really beautiful story of a boy dealing with the sudden and tragic death of his father. I can't think of any other children's book about grief that is handled in such a profound way without ever being heavy-handed or saccharine. There are lots of wonderful moments that will mean a lo...

    I picked this book because I needed to read a poem book and I read the book Crossover also by Kwame Alexander. This book was pretty good but I liked the book Crossover better. ...

    4.5 stars. Probably Alexander?s best yet- both more consistent (hard to do in a verse novel) and higher peaks. The main thing holding me back from a full 5 stars are some of characters who seem more types than people. Chuck and his Mom are well-wrought but Percy is a bit the Magic Gr...

    It?s not necessary to read The Crossover to enjoy this prequel about Josh?s dad Chuck, and the summer he learns to rebound both on and off the court. It?s also the summer he learns how to really play ball. To become the GREAT Chuck Bell. How he stops being Charlie. How he meets t...

    I know my friend Joe found many anachronisms in this, but I'm going to plug my ears and sing la la la. I loved this so much. Give me curmudgeony grandpa and I'm a happy girl. Also, there is a girl superstar basketball player here that deserves everything that comes her way. Tha...

    4.5 ...

    Charlie Bell, who later is the great Chuck ?Da Man? Bell in The Crossover, is a young boy of 12 who just lost his father. He doesn?t know how to grieve, and neither does his mother. They struggle to be around one another so much so that eventually Charlie?s mother decides to se...

    I probably owe Kwame Alexander $10. Or an autographed Harlem Globetrotters basketball. Because he makes me look like the best librarian ever when he writes books like this that I can casually hand off to kids who have no idea what's about to hit them. Like Crossover, Rebound is disguis...

  • Rachel
    Apr 16, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

    OMG. I'm in love with this. ...

    It was a good read. ...

    There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the...

    I read this to see if Owen would like it. I think he will. It's tough to find things for him to read right now. The writing style is fun to follow, and the quick chapters keep the story moving. We will see what he thinks. Very appropriate story for middle schoolers. ...

    I love Kwame Alexander?s books for how excited kids are about reading them. I had it out yesterday while I read a little bit during our independent reading day, and I already had multiple kids ask me if they could borrow it next. ...

    Much longer than the other novels in verse by Kwame Alexander. This is the story of the twins from The Crossover's dad during the summer of 1988. Some fun cultural throwbacks, but mostly a story about growing up and letting go. ...

    If you are looking for a book that takes you on a journey about learning to accept and love your family, friends and the game of basketball, this novel.in verse is for you. ...

    A really beautiful story of a boy dealing with the sudden and tragic death of his father. I can't think of any other children's book about grief that is handled in such a profound way without ever being heavy-handed or saccharine. There are lots of wonderful moments that will mean a lo...

    I picked this book because I needed to read a poem book and I read the book Crossover also by Kwame Alexander. This book was pretty good but I liked the book Crossover better. ...

    4.5 stars. Probably Alexander?s best yet- both more consistent (hard to do in a verse novel) and higher peaks. The main thing holding me back from a full 5 stars are some of characters who seem more types than people. Chuck and his Mom are well-wrought but Percy is a bit the Magic Gr...

    It?s not necessary to read The Crossover to enjoy this prequel about Josh?s dad Chuck, and the summer he learns to rebound both on and off the court. It?s also the summer he learns how to really play ball. To become the GREAT Chuck Bell. How he stops being Charlie. How he meets t...

  • Paul  Hankins
    Mar 03, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

  • Casey
    Jun 24, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

    OMG. I'm in love with this. ...

    It was a good read. ...

    There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the...

    I read this to see if Owen would like it. I think he will. It's tough to find things for him to read right now. The writing style is fun to follow, and the quick chapters keep the story moving. We will see what he thinks. Very appropriate story for middle schoolers. ...

  • Brittany
    Apr 06, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

  • Kate Olson
    Feb 11, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

  • Renee Doucette
    Sep 29, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

    OMG. I'm in love with this. ...

    It was a good read. ...

    There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the...

    I read this to see if Owen would like it. I think he will. It's tough to find things for him to read right now. The writing style is fun to follow, and the quick chapters keep the story moving. We will see what he thinks. Very appropriate story for middle schoolers. ...

    I love Kwame Alexander?s books for how excited kids are about reading them. I had it out yesterday while I read a little bit during our independent reading day, and I already had multiple kids ask me if they could borrow it next. ...

    Much longer than the other novels in verse by Kwame Alexander. This is the story of the twins from The Crossover's dad during the summer of 1988. Some fun cultural throwbacks, but mostly a story about growing up and letting go. ...

  • Leonard Kim
    May 26, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

    OMG. I'm in love with this. ...

    It was a good read. ...

    There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the...

    I read this to see if Owen would like it. I think he will. It's tough to find things for him to read right now. The writing style is fun to follow, and the quick chapters keep the story moving. We will see what he thinks. Very appropriate story for middle schoolers. ...

    I love Kwame Alexander?s books for how excited kids are about reading them. I had it out yesterday while I read a little bit during our independent reading day, and I already had multiple kids ask me if they could borrow it next. ...

    Much longer than the other novels in verse by Kwame Alexander. This is the story of the twins from The Crossover's dad during the summer of 1988. Some fun cultural throwbacks, but mostly a story about growing up and letting go. ...

    If you are looking for a book that takes you on a journey about learning to accept and love your family, friends and the game of basketball, this novel.in verse is for you. ...

    A really beautiful story of a boy dealing with the sudden and tragic death of his father. I can't think of any other children's book about grief that is handled in such a profound way without ever being heavy-handed or saccharine. There are lots of wonderful moments that will mean a lo...

    I picked this book because I needed to read a poem book and I read the book Crossover also by Kwame Alexander. This book was pretty good but I liked the book Crossover better. ...

    4.5 stars. Probably Alexander?s best yet- both more consistent (hard to do in a verse novel) and higher peaks. The main thing holding me back from a full 5 stars are some of characters who seem more types than people. Chuck and his Mom are well-wrought but Percy is a bit the Magic Gr...

  • Mimi
    Aug 09, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

    OMG. I'm in love with this. ...

    It was a good read. ...

    There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the...

    I read this to see if Owen would like it. I think he will. It's tough to find things for him to read right now. The writing style is fun to follow, and the quick chapters keep the story moving. We will see what he thinks. Very appropriate story for middle schoolers. ...

    I love Kwame Alexander?s books for how excited kids are about reading them. I had it out yesterday while I read a little bit during our independent reading day, and I already had multiple kids ask me if they could borrow it next. ...

    Much longer than the other novels in verse by Kwame Alexander. This is the story of the twins from The Crossover's dad during the summer of 1988. Some fun cultural throwbacks, but mostly a story about growing up and letting go. ...

    If you are looking for a book that takes you on a journey about learning to accept and love your family, friends and the game of basketball, this novel.in verse is for you. ...

    A really beautiful story of a boy dealing with the sudden and tragic death of his father. I can't think of any other children's book about grief that is handled in such a profound way without ever being heavy-handed or saccharine. There are lots of wonderful moments that will mean a lo...

    I picked this book because I needed to read a poem book and I read the book Crossover also by Kwame Alexander. This book was pretty good but I liked the book Crossover better. ...

    4.5 stars. Probably Alexander?s best yet- both more consistent (hard to do in a verse novel) and higher peaks. The main thing holding me back from a full 5 stars are some of characters who seem more types than people. Chuck and his Mom are well-wrought but Percy is a bit the Magic Gr...

    It?s not necessary to read The Crossover to enjoy this prequel about Josh?s dad Chuck, and the summer he learns to rebound both on and off the court. It?s also the summer he learns how to really play ball. To become the GREAT Chuck Bell. How he stops being Charlie. How he meets t...

    I know my friend Joe found many anachronisms in this, but I'm going to plug my ears and sing la la la. I loved this so much. Give me curmudgeony grandpa and I'm a happy girl. Also, there is a girl superstar basketball player here that deserves everything that comes her way. Tha...

    4.5 ...

    Charlie Bell, who later is the great Chuck ?Da Man? Bell in The Crossover, is a young boy of 12 who just lost his father. He doesn?t know how to grieve, and neither does his mother. They struggle to be around one another so much so that eventually Charlie?s mother decides to se...

    I probably owe Kwame Alexander $10. Or an autographed Harlem Globetrotters basketball. Because he makes me look like the best librarian ever when he writes books like this that I can casually hand off to kids who have no idea what's about to hit them. Like Crossover, Rebound is disguis...

    Why has it taken me this long to read Kwame Alexander? His voice was made for verse novels. I haven't read The Crossover but I plan to now. He sold me with Charlie Bell's coming-of-age story about a summer spent with his grandparents. It has basketball, Marvel comics, 80s references, c...

    Crossover was the first Kwame Alexander book I read. I liked it, but found myself getting confused from time to time because I'm not a sports person. But the style of writing and the fact that there is a good story had me hooked. Rebound is a prequel to Crossover. I could not put i...

    Anticipating which books might fall into a child's heart is one of my favorite parts of teaching. Sharing Charlie Bell's story today in class was like tossing the ball off the backboard on a fast break without looking and KNOWING a list of kids were ready to throw it down! I hi...

    I am not a basketball fan, but Rebound captured and held my attention. Part of that is because it's not just a sports story. It's about 12-year old boy whose whole world falls apart when his father dies and how his family and friends help him learn how to live without his father. There...

  • Kristen
    Dec 21, 2017

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

    OMG. I'm in love with this. ...

    It was a good read. ...

    There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the...

  • Beth Parmer
    Feb 03, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

  • Lauren Waters
    Jul 16, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

    OMG. I'm in love with this. ...

    It was a good read. ...

    There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the...

    I read this to see if Owen would like it. I think he will. It's tough to find things for him to read right now. The writing style is fun to follow, and the quick chapters keep the story moving. We will see what he thinks. Very appropriate story for middle schoolers. ...

    I love Kwame Alexander?s books for how excited kids are about reading them. I had it out yesterday while I read a little bit during our independent reading day, and I already had multiple kids ask me if they could borrow it next. ...

    Much longer than the other novels in verse by Kwame Alexander. This is the story of the twins from The Crossover's dad during the summer of 1988. Some fun cultural throwbacks, but mostly a story about growing up and letting go. ...

    If you are looking for a book that takes you on a journey about learning to accept and love your family, friends and the game of basketball, this novel.in verse is for you. ...

  • Christina Hanson
    Apr 03, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

  • Snazzy Reads
    Mar 02, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

    OMG. I'm in love with this. ...

    It was a good read. ...

    There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the...

    I read this to see if Owen would like it. I think he will. It's tough to find things for him to read right now. The writing style is fun to follow, and the quick chapters keep the story moving. We will see what he thinks. Very appropriate story for middle schoolers. ...

    I love Kwame Alexander?s books for how excited kids are about reading them. I had it out yesterday while I read a little bit during our independent reading day, and I already had multiple kids ask me if they could borrow it next. ...

    Much longer than the other novels in verse by Kwame Alexander. This is the story of the twins from The Crossover's dad during the summer of 1988. Some fun cultural throwbacks, but mostly a story about growing up and letting go. ...

    If you are looking for a book that takes you on a journey about learning to accept and love your family, friends and the game of basketball, this novel.in verse is for you. ...

    A really beautiful story of a boy dealing with the sudden and tragic death of his father. I can't think of any other children's book about grief that is handled in such a profound way without ever being heavy-handed or saccharine. There are lots of wonderful moments that will mean a lo...

    I picked this book because I needed to read a poem book and I read the book Crossover also by Kwame Alexander. This book was pretty good but I liked the book Crossover better. ...

    4.5 stars. Probably Alexander?s best yet- both more consistent (hard to do in a verse novel) and higher peaks. The main thing holding me back from a full 5 stars are some of characters who seem more types than people. Chuck and his Mom are well-wrought but Percy is a bit the Magic Gr...

    It?s not necessary to read The Crossover to enjoy this prequel about Josh?s dad Chuck, and the summer he learns to rebound both on and off the court. It?s also the summer he learns how to really play ball. To become the GREAT Chuck Bell. How he stops being Charlie. How he meets t...

    I know my friend Joe found many anachronisms in this, but I'm going to plug my ears and sing la la la. I loved this so much. Give me curmudgeony grandpa and I'm a happy girl. Also, there is a girl superstar basketball player here that deserves everything that comes her way. Tha...

    4.5 ...

  • Indie
    Jun 09, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

    OMG. I'm in love with this. ...

    It was a good read. ...

    There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the...

    I read this to see if Owen would like it. I think he will. It's tough to find things for him to read right now. The writing style is fun to follow, and the quick chapters keep the story moving. We will see what he thinks. Very appropriate story for middle schoolers. ...

    I love Kwame Alexander?s books for how excited kids are about reading them. I had it out yesterday while I read a little bit during our independent reading day, and I already had multiple kids ask me if they could borrow it next. ...

    Much longer than the other novels in verse by Kwame Alexander. This is the story of the twins from The Crossover's dad during the summer of 1988. Some fun cultural throwbacks, but mostly a story about growing up and letting go. ...

    If you are looking for a book that takes you on a journey about learning to accept and love your family, friends and the game of basketball, this novel.in verse is for you. ...

    A really beautiful story of a boy dealing with the sudden and tragic death of his father. I can't think of any other children's book about grief that is handled in such a profound way without ever being heavy-handed or saccharine. There are lots of wonderful moments that will mean a lo...

    I picked this book because I needed to read a poem book and I read the book Crossover also by Kwame Alexander. This book was pretty good but I liked the book Crossover better. ...

    4.5 stars. Probably Alexander?s best yet- both more consistent (hard to do in a verse novel) and higher peaks. The main thing holding me back from a full 5 stars are some of characters who seem more types than people. Chuck and his Mom are well-wrought but Percy is a bit the Magic Gr...

    It?s not necessary to read The Crossover to enjoy this prequel about Josh?s dad Chuck, and the summer he learns to rebound both on and off the court. It?s also the summer he learns how to really play ball. To become the GREAT Chuck Bell. How he stops being Charlie. How he meets t...

    I know my friend Joe found many anachronisms in this, but I'm going to plug my ears and sing la la la. I loved this so much. Give me curmudgeony grandpa and I'm a happy girl. Also, there is a girl superstar basketball player here that deserves everything that comes her way. Tha...

    4.5 ...

    Charlie Bell, who later is the great Chuck ?Da Man? Bell in The Crossover, is a young boy of 12 who just lost his father. He doesn?t know how to grieve, and neither does his mother. They struggle to be around one another so much so that eventually Charlie?s mother decides to se...

    I probably owe Kwame Alexander $10. Or an autographed Harlem Globetrotters basketball. Because he makes me look like the best librarian ever when he writes books like this that I can casually hand off to kids who have no idea what's about to hit them. Like Crossover, Rebound is disguis...

    Why has it taken me this long to read Kwame Alexander? His voice was made for verse novels. I haven't read The Crossover but I plan to now. He sold me with Charlie Bell's coming-of-age story about a summer spent with his grandparents. It has basketball, Marvel comics, 80s references, c...

    Crossover was the first Kwame Alexander book I read. I liked it, but found myself getting confused from time to time because I'm not a sports person. But the style of writing and the fact that there is a good story had me hooked. Rebound is a prequel to Crossover. I could not put i...

    Anticipating which books might fall into a child's heart is one of my favorite parts of teaching. Sharing Charlie Bell's story today in class was like tossing the ball off the backboard on a fast break without looking and KNOWING a list of kids were ready to throw it down! I hi...

    I am not a basketball fan, but Rebound captured and held my attention. Part of that is because it's not just a sports story. It's about 12-year old boy whose whole world falls apart when his father dies and how his family and friends help him learn how to live without his father. There...

    4.5 stars: I really enjoyed how small bits of the story were short comic strips. It really brought out the story and Charlie's, the main character, thoughts. I also thought the format and wording of this story was nice, but some parts weren't that clear. I wasn't able to understand th...

  • Sean
    Oct 01, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

    OMG. I'm in love with this. ...

    It was a good read. ...

  • Evan N.
    Oct 30, 2018

    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unabl...

    This is a review of the ARC. The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought. The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander...

    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young peopl...

    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius. ...

    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely. And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!) And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!) But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For a...

    You know, Chuck, he says. You?re not always gonna swish. ... You gonna miss some. Heck, you gonna miss a lot. That?s the way the real world works. But you gotta grab the ball and keep shooting. You understand? Yessir. I tell you what, though, you?ll make a lot more th...

    I didn?t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers. The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are e...

    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the ...

    First of all, the good: - Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me. - Roxie should have her own story! - I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voi...

    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception. ...

    OMG. I'm in love with this. ...

    It was a good read. ...

    There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the...

    I read this to see if Owen would like it. I think he will. It's tough to find things for him to read right now. The writing style is fun to follow, and the quick chapters keep the story moving. We will see what he thinks. Very appropriate story for middle schoolers. ...

    I love Kwame Alexander?s books for how excited kids are about reading them. I had it out yesterday while I read a little bit during our independent reading day, and I already had multiple kids ask me if they could borrow it next. ...

    Much longer than the other novels in verse by Kwame Alexander. This is the story of the twins from The Crossover's dad during the summer of 1988. Some fun cultural throwbacks, but mostly a story about growing up and letting go. ...

    If you are looking for a book that takes you on a journey about learning to accept and love your family, friends and the game of basketball, this novel.in verse is for you. ...

    A really beautiful story of a boy dealing with the sudden and tragic death of his father. I can't think of any other children's book about grief that is handled in such a profound way without ever being heavy-handed or saccharine. There are lots of wonderful moments that will mean a lo...

    I picked this book because I needed to read a poem book and I read the book Crossover also by Kwame Alexander. This book was pretty good but I liked the book Crossover better. ...