Rebound (The Crossover 0.5)

Rebound (The Crossover 0.5)

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 (The Crossover 0.5)
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 (The Crossover 0.5) 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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

  • Laura Gardner
    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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Kwame kills it with this Crossover prequel about the boys? dad. I loved it. And per usual, cried. I think students will especially love the graphic novel pages that are inserted throughout. It?s a hybrid structure that we have not encountered before.....lyrical and graphic nove...

    If you read The Crossover, you know that Josh and Jordan's dad Chuck was a basketball legend. If you read Rebound, you'll find out that he NEVER guessed that would be a possibility. ...

    This was another great book by the author Kwame Alexander. Similar to his award winning book The Crossover, the main character faces many different problems that he will try to overcome. After Charlie's father dies, he is left with sadness and finds it hard to smile and laugh. Having t...

    I love when the pre-sequel is as good, if not better than, the first book. I cried. Hard. And laughed. Hard. Kwame?s books are perfect. ...

    A prequel to The Crossover - fans of the first book won't be disappointed! ...

    If your a kid who has hard times but keeps pushing them self,this is a book for you,I noticed in the book that it wasn't only about basketball and that's what I like about Kwame Alexander,he jumps right into problems and then his book he put the character with major problems but at the...

    Waited for 2 years for this book. I liked the graphic novel spurts weaved in. Made me want to cry in some parts; great life lesson lines, as always, by Kwame. Loved how he weaves names into this book from Crossover and we learn the true love story behind Chuck and Crystal? Great read...

    Jona's rating = 5 Joslyn's rating = 5 ...

    Better than The Crossover, if that?s even possible. ...

    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...

    Brilliant! Even better than the first. Every new Kwame Alexander book is my new favorite Kwame Alexander book! If you liked The Crossover, then read this book as soon as you can! ...

    Many know how much I love Newbery Medal winner The Crossover for its ability to turn middle grade readers into readers of poetry. Alexander used numerous poetic devices and at least seven forms of poetry to tell the story of a year in the life of two teenage basketball players (J.B. an...

    5/5 for REBOUND by @kwamealexander, published by @hmhkids. Thanks to @kidlitexchange for this ARC; all opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* This is a prequel to Crossover and the story of how young Charlie Bell became Chuck "Da Man" Bell, basketball legend. _*_*_*_*_* Another @kwamealex...

  • 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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

  • 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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

  • Jona & Joslyn
    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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Kwame kills it with this Crossover prequel about the boys? dad. I loved it. And per usual, cried. I think students will especially love the graphic novel pages that are inserted throughout. It?s a hybrid structure that we have not encountered before.....lyrical and graphic nove...

    If you read The Crossover, you know that Josh and Jordan's dad Chuck was a basketball legend. If you read Rebound, you'll find out that he NEVER guessed that would be a possibility. ...

    This was another great book by the author Kwame Alexander. Similar to his award winning book The Crossover, the main character faces many different problems that he will try to overcome. After Charlie's father dies, he is left with sadness and finds it hard to smile and laugh. Having t...

    I love when the pre-sequel is as good, if not better than, the first book. I cried. Hard. And laughed. Hard. Kwame?s books are perfect. ...

    A prequel to The Crossover - fans of the first book won't be disappointed! ...

    If your a kid who has hard times but keeps pushing them self,this is a book for you,I noticed in the book that it wasn't only about basketball and that's what I like about Kwame Alexander,he jumps right into problems and then his book he put the character with major problems but at the...

    Waited for 2 years for this book. I liked the graphic novel spurts weaved in. Made me want to cry in some parts; great life lesson lines, as always, by Kwame. Loved how he weaves names into this book from Crossover and we learn the true love story behind Chuck and Crystal? Great read...

    Jona's rating = 5 Joslyn's rating = 5 ...

  • 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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

  • Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
    Apr 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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Kwame kills it with this Crossover prequel about the boys? dad. I loved it. And per usual, cried. I think students will especially love the graphic novel pages that are inserted throughout. It?s a hybrid structure that we have not encountered before.....lyrical and graphic nove...

    If you read The Crossover, you know that Josh and Jordan's dad Chuck was a basketball legend. If you read Rebound, you'll find out that he NEVER guessed that would be a possibility. ...

  • Courtney
    Apr 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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Kwame kills it with this Crossover prequel about the boys? dad. I loved it. And per usual, cried. I think students will especially love the graphic novel pages that are inserted throughout. It?s a hybrid structure that we have not encountered before.....lyrical and graphic nove...

    If you read The Crossover, you know that Josh and Jordan's dad Chuck was a basketball legend. If you read Rebound, you'll find out that he NEVER guessed that would be a possibility. ...

    This was another great book by the author Kwame Alexander. Similar to his award winning book The Crossover, the main character faces many different problems that he will try to overcome. After Charlie's father dies, he is left with sadness and finds it hard to smile and laugh. Having t...

    I love when the pre-sequel is as good, if not better than, the first book. I cried. Hard. And laughed. Hard. Kwame?s books are perfect. ...

  • Yapha
    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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Kwame kills it with this Crossover prequel about the boys? dad. I loved it. And per usual, cried. I think students will especially love the graphic novel pages that are inserted throughout. It?s a hybrid structure that we have not encountered before.....lyrical and graphic nove...

    If you read The Crossover, you know that Josh and Jordan's dad Chuck was a basketball legend. If you read Rebound, you'll find out that he NEVER guessed that would be a possibility. ...

    This was another great book by the author Kwame Alexander. Similar to his award winning book The Crossover, the main character faces many different problems that he will try to overcome. After Charlie's father dies, he is left with sadness and finds it hard to smile and laugh. Having t...

    I love when the pre-sequel is as good, if not better than, the first book. I cried. Hard. And laughed. Hard. Kwame?s books are perfect. ...

    A prequel to The Crossover - fans of the first book won't be disappointed! ...

    If your a kid who has hard times but keeps pushing them self,this is a book for you,I noticed in the book that it wasn't only about basketball and that's what I like about Kwame Alexander,he jumps right into problems and then his book he put the character with major problems but at the...

    Waited for 2 years for this book. I liked the graphic novel spurts weaved in. Made me want to cry in some parts; great life lesson lines, as always, by Kwame. Loved how he weaves names into this book from Crossover and we learn the true love story behind Chuck and Crystal? Great read...

    Jona's rating = 5 Joslyn's rating = 5 ...

    Better than The Crossover, if that?s even possible. ...

    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...

    Brilliant! Even better than the first. Every new Kwame Alexander book is my new favorite Kwame Alexander book! If you liked The Crossover, then read this book as soon as you can! ...

    Many know how much I love Newbery Medal winner The Crossover for its ability to turn middle grade readers into readers of poetry. Alexander used numerous poetic devices and at least seven forms of poetry to tell the story of a year in the life of two teenage basketball players (J.B. an...

    5/5 for REBOUND by @kwamealexander, published by @hmhkids. Thanks to @kidlitexchange for this ARC; all opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* This is a prequel to Crossover and the story of how young Charlie Bell became Chuck "Da Man" Bell, basketball legend. _*_*_*_*_* Another @kwamealex...

    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...

    if you like books about being competitive in basket ball and you like comics and if you like book with life problems , plus if your passion is to read Mr. Kwame Alexanders book than this is you book,plus this book is loaded with themes and conflicts so me personally recommend the book ...

    This prequel to The Crossover is the story of Josh and JB's father, Chuck Bell. It is the summer of 1988 and twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is not coping well with the death of his father. His mother is at her wit's end, and sends him to spend the summer with his grandparents in Washington...

  • Mary
    Apr 22, 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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Kwame kills it with this Crossover prequel about the boys? dad. I loved it. And per usual, cried. I think students will especially love the graphic novel pages that are inserted throughout. It?s a hybrid structure that we have not encountered before.....lyrical and graphic nove...

    If you read The Crossover, you know that Josh and Jordan's dad Chuck was a basketball legend. If you read Rebound, you'll find out that he NEVER guessed that would be a possibility. ...

    This was another great book by the author Kwame Alexander. Similar to his award winning book The Crossover, the main character faces many different problems that he will try to overcome. After Charlie's father dies, he is left with sadness and finds it hard to smile and laugh. Having t...

    I love when the pre-sequel is as good, if not better than, the first book. I cried. Hard. And laughed. Hard. Kwame?s books are perfect. ...

    A prequel to The Crossover - fans of the first book won't be disappointed! ...

    If your a kid who has hard times but keeps pushing them self,this is a book for you,I noticed in the book that it wasn't only about basketball and that's what I like about Kwame Alexander,he jumps right into problems and then his book he put the character with major problems but at the...

    Waited for 2 years for this book. I liked the graphic novel spurts weaved in. Made me want to cry in some parts; great life lesson lines, as always, by Kwame. Loved how he weaves names into this book from Crossover and we learn the true love story behind Chuck and Crystal? Great read...

    Jona's rating = 5 Joslyn's rating = 5 ...

    Better than The Crossover, if that?s even possible. ...

  • Heather Taake
    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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Kwame kills it with this Crossover prequel about the boys? dad. I loved it. And per usual, cried. I think students will especially love the graphic novel pages that are inserted throughout. It?s a hybrid structure that we have not encountered before.....lyrical and graphic nove...

  • 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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Kwame kills it with this Crossover prequel about the boys? dad. I loved it. And per usual, cried. I think students will especially love the graphic novel pages that are inserted throughout. It?s a hybrid structure that we have not encountered before.....lyrical and graphic nove...

    If you read The Crossover, you know that Josh and Jordan's dad Chuck was a basketball legend. If you read Rebound, you'll find out that he NEVER guessed that would be a possibility. ...

    This was another great book by the author Kwame Alexander. Similar to his award winning book The Crossover, the main character faces many different problems that he will try to overcome. After Charlie's father dies, he is left with sadness and finds it hard to smile and laugh. Having t...

    I love when the pre-sequel is as good, if not better than, the first book. I cried. Hard. And laughed. Hard. Kwame?s books are perfect. ...

    A prequel to The Crossover - fans of the first book won't be disappointed! ...

    If your a kid who has hard times but keeps pushing them self,this is a book for you,I noticed in the book that it wasn't only about basketball and that's what I like about Kwame Alexander,he jumps right into problems and then his book he put the character with major problems but at the...

    Waited for 2 years for this book. I liked the graphic novel spurts weaved in. Made me want to cry in some parts; great life lesson lines, as always, by Kwame. Loved how he weaves names into this book from Crossover and we learn the true love story behind Chuck and Crystal? Great read...

    Jona's rating = 5 Joslyn's rating = 5 ...

    Better than The Crossover, if that?s even possible. ...

    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...

    Brilliant! Even better than the first. Every new Kwame Alexander book is my new favorite Kwame Alexander book! If you liked The Crossover, then read this book as soon as you can! ...

    Many know how much I love Newbery Medal winner The Crossover for its ability to turn middle grade readers into readers of poetry. Alexander used numerous poetic devices and at least seven forms of poetry to tell the story of a year in the life of two teenage basketball players (J.B. an...

    5/5 for REBOUND by @kwamealexander, published by @hmhkids. Thanks to @kidlitexchange for this ARC; all opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* This is a prequel to Crossover and the story of how young Charlie Bell became Chuck "Da Man" Bell, basketball legend. _*_*_*_*_* Another @kwamealex...

    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...

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

    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...

  • Brianne Huber
    Apr 07, 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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Kwame kills it with this Crossover prequel about the boys? dad. I loved it. And per usual, cried. I think students will especially love the graphic novel pages that are inserted throughout. It?s a hybrid structure that we have not encountered before.....lyrical and graphic nove...

    If you read The Crossover, you know that Josh and Jordan's dad Chuck was a basketball legend. If you read Rebound, you'll find out that he NEVER guessed that would be a possibility. ...

    This was another great book by the author Kwame Alexander. Similar to his award winning book The Crossover, the main character faces many different problems that he will try to overcome. After Charlie's father dies, he is left with sadness and finds it hard to smile and laugh. Having t...

    I love when the pre-sequel is as good, if not better than, the first book. I cried. Hard. And laughed. Hard. Kwame?s books are perfect. ...

    A prequel to The Crossover - fans of the first book won't be disappointed! ...

    If your a kid who has hard times but keeps pushing them self,this is a book for you,I noticed in the book that it wasn't only about basketball and that's what I like about Kwame Alexander,he jumps right into problems and then his book he put the character with major problems but at the...

    Waited for 2 years for this book. I liked the graphic novel spurts weaved in. Made me want to cry in some parts; great life lesson lines, as always, by Kwame. Loved how he weaves names into this book from Crossover and we learn the true love story behind Chuck and Crystal? Great read...

  • 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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

  • Stephanie Bange
    Apr 07, 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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Kwame kills it with this Crossover prequel about the boys? dad. I loved it. And per usual, cried. I think students will especially love the graphic novel pages that are inserted throughout. It?s a hybrid structure that we have not encountered before.....lyrical and graphic nove...

    If you read The Crossover, you know that Josh and Jordan's dad Chuck was a basketball legend. If you read Rebound, you'll find out that he NEVER guessed that would be a possibility. ...

    This was another great book by the author Kwame Alexander. Similar to his award winning book The Crossover, the main character faces many different problems that he will try to overcome. After Charlie's father dies, he is left with sadness and finds it hard to smile and laugh. Having t...

    I love when the pre-sequel is as good, if not better than, the first book. I cried. Hard. And laughed. Hard. Kwame?s books are perfect. ...

    A prequel to The Crossover - fans of the first book won't be disappointed! ...

    If your a kid who has hard times but keeps pushing them self,this is a book for you,I noticed in the book that it wasn't only about basketball and that's what I like about Kwame Alexander,he jumps right into problems and then his book he put the character with major problems but at the...

    Waited for 2 years for this book. I liked the graphic novel spurts weaved in. Made me want to cry in some parts; great life lesson lines, as always, by Kwame. Loved how he weaves names into this book from Crossover and we learn the true love story behind Chuck and Crystal? Great read...

    Jona's rating = 5 Joslyn's rating = 5 ...

    Better than The Crossover, if that?s even possible. ...

    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...

    Brilliant! Even better than the first. Every new Kwame Alexander book is my new favorite Kwame Alexander book! If you liked The Crossover, then read this book as soon as you can! ...

    Many know how much I love Newbery Medal winner The Crossover for its ability to turn middle grade readers into readers of poetry. Alexander used numerous poetic devices and at least seven forms of poetry to tell the story of a year in the life of two teenage basketball players (J.B. an...

  • Ashley
    Feb 15, 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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Kwame kills it with this Crossover prequel about the boys? dad. I loved it. And per usual, cried. I think students will especially love the graphic novel pages that are inserted throughout. It?s a hybrid structure that we have not encountered before.....lyrical and graphic nove...

    If you read The Crossover, you know that Josh and Jordan's dad Chuck was a basketball legend. If you read Rebound, you'll find out that he NEVER guessed that would be a possibility. ...

    This was another great book by the author Kwame Alexander. Similar to his award winning book The Crossover, the main character faces many different problems that he will try to overcome. After Charlie's father dies, he is left with sadness and finds it hard to smile and laugh. Having t...

    I love when the pre-sequel is as good, if not better than, the first book. I cried. Hard. And laughed. Hard. Kwame?s books are perfect. ...

    A prequel to The Crossover - fans of the first book won't be disappointed! ...

    If your a kid who has hard times but keeps pushing them self,this is a book for you,I noticed in the book that it wasn't only about basketball and that's what I like about Kwame Alexander,he jumps right into problems and then his book he put the character with major problems but at the...

    Waited for 2 years for this book. I liked the graphic novel spurts weaved in. Made me want to cry in some parts; great life lesson lines, as always, by Kwame. Loved how he weaves names into this book from Crossover and we learn the true love story behind Chuck and Crystal? Great read...

    Jona's rating = 5 Joslyn's rating = 5 ...

    Better than The Crossover, if that?s even possible. ...

    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...

    Brilliant! Even better than the first. Every new Kwame Alexander book is my new favorite Kwame Alexander book! If you liked The Crossover, then read this book as soon as you can! ...

  • Clare Lund
    Apr 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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Kwame kills it with this Crossover prequel about the boys? dad. I loved it. And per usual, cried. I think students will especially love the graphic novel pages that are inserted throughout. It?s a hybrid structure that we have not encountered before.....lyrical and graphic nove...

    If you read The Crossover, you know that Josh and Jordan's dad Chuck was a basketball legend. If you read Rebound, you'll find out that he NEVER guessed that would be a possibility. ...

    This was another great book by the author Kwame Alexander. Similar to his award winning book The Crossover, the main character faces many different problems that he will try to overcome. After Charlie's father dies, he is left with sadness and finds it hard to smile and laugh. Having t...

    I love when the pre-sequel is as good, if not better than, the first book. I cried. Hard. And laughed. Hard. Kwame?s books are perfect. ...

    A prequel to The Crossover - fans of the first book won't be disappointed! ...

  • 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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

  • 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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Kwame kills it with this Crossover prequel about the boys? dad. I loved it. And per usual, cried. I think students will especially love the graphic novel pages that are inserted throughout. It?s a hybrid structure that we have not encountered before.....lyrical and graphic nove...

    If you read The Crossover, you know that Josh and Jordan's dad Chuck was a basketball legend. If you read Rebound, you'll find out that he NEVER guessed that would be a possibility. ...

    This was another great book by the author Kwame Alexander. Similar to his award winning book The Crossover, the main character faces many different problems that he will try to overcome. After Charlie's father dies, he is left with sadness and finds it hard to smile and laugh. Having t...

    I love when the pre-sequel is as good, if not better than, the first book. I cried. Hard. And laughed. Hard. Kwame?s books are perfect. ...

    A prequel to The Crossover - fans of the first book won't be disappointed! ...

    If your a kid who has hard times but keeps pushing them self,this is a book for you,I noticed in the book that it wasn't only about basketball and that's what I like about Kwame Alexander,he jumps right into problems and then his book he put the character with major problems but at the...

    Waited for 2 years for this book. I liked the graphic novel spurts weaved in. Made me want to cry in some parts; great life lesson lines, as always, by Kwame. Loved how he weaves names into this book from Crossover and we learn the true love story behind Chuck and Crystal? Great read...

    Jona's rating = 5 Joslyn's rating = 5 ...

    Better than The Crossover, if that?s even possible. ...

    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...

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

  • 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...

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

    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...

    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...

  • Luis Saucedo
    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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Kwame kills it with this Crossover prequel about the boys? dad. I loved it. And per usual, cried. I think students will especially love the graphic novel pages that are inserted throughout. It?s a hybrid structure that we have not encountered before.....lyrical and graphic nove...

    If you read The Crossover, you know that Josh and Jordan's dad Chuck was a basketball legend. If you read Rebound, you'll find out that he NEVER guessed that would be a possibility. ...

    This was another great book by the author Kwame Alexander. Similar to his award winning book The Crossover, the main character faces many different problems that he will try to overcome. After Charlie's father dies, he is left with sadness and finds it hard to smile and laugh. Having t...

    I love when the pre-sequel is as good, if not better than, the first book. I cried. Hard. And laughed. Hard. Kwame?s books are perfect. ...

    A prequel to The Crossover - fans of the first book won't be disappointed! ...

    If your a kid who has hard times but keeps pushing them self,this is a book for you,I noticed in the book that it wasn't only about basketball and that's what I like about Kwame Alexander,he jumps right into problems and then his book he put the character with major problems but at the...

  • John Almanza
    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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Kwame kills it with this Crossover prequel about the boys? dad. I loved it. And per usual, cried. I think students will especially love the graphic novel pages that are inserted throughout. It?s a hybrid structure that we have not encountered before.....lyrical and graphic nove...

    If you read The Crossover, you know that Josh and Jordan's dad Chuck was a basketball legend. If you read Rebound, you'll find out that he NEVER guessed that would be a possibility. ...

    This was another great book by the author Kwame Alexander. Similar to his award winning book The Crossover, the main character faces many different problems that he will try to overcome. After Charlie's father dies, he is left with sadness and finds it hard to smile and laugh. Having t...

    I love when the pre-sequel is as good, if not better than, the first book. I cried. Hard. And laughed. Hard. Kwame?s books are perfect. ...

    A prequel to The Crossover - fans of the first book won't be disappointed! ...

    If your a kid who has hard times but keeps pushing them self,this is a book for you,I noticed in the book that it wasn't only about basketball and that's what I like about Kwame Alexander,he jumps right into problems and then his book he put the character with major problems but at the...

    Waited for 2 years for this book. I liked the graphic novel spurts weaved in. Made me want to cry in some parts; great life lesson lines, as always, by Kwame. Loved how he weaves names into this book from Crossover and we learn the true love story behind Chuck and Crystal? Great read...

    Jona's rating = 5 Joslyn's rating = 5 ...

    Better than The Crossover, if that?s even possible. ...

    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...

    Brilliant! Even better than the first. Every new Kwame Alexander book is my new favorite Kwame Alexander book! If you liked The Crossover, then read this book as soon as you can! ...

    Many know how much I love Newbery Medal winner The Crossover for its ability to turn middle grade readers into readers of poetry. Alexander used numerous poetic devices and at least seven forms of poetry to tell the story of a year in the life of two teenage basketball players (J.B. an...

    5/5 for REBOUND by @kwamealexander, published by @hmhkids. Thanks to @kidlitexchange for this ARC; all opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* This is a prequel to Crossover and the story of how young Charlie Bell became Chuck "Da Man" Bell, basketball legend. _*_*_*_*_* Another @kwamealex...

    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...

    if you like books about being competitive in basket ball and you like comics and if you like book with life problems , plus if your passion is to read Mr. Kwame Alexanders book than this is you book,plus this book is loaded with themes and conflicts so me personally recommend the book ...

  • Austin Poulin
    Apr 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...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Kwame kills it with this Crossover prequel about the boys? dad. I loved it. And per usual, cried. I think students will especially love the graphic novel pages that are inserted throughout. It?s a hybrid structure that we have not encountered before.....lyrical and graphic nove...

    If you read The Crossover, you know that Josh and Jordan's dad Chuck was a basketball legend. If you read Rebound, you'll find out that he NEVER guessed that would be a possibility. ...

    This was another great book by the author Kwame Alexander. Similar to his award winning book The Crossover, the main character faces many different problems that he will try to overcome. After Charlie's father dies, he is left with sadness and finds it hard to smile and laugh. Having t...