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The Crossover

by Kwame Alexander

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2014
    240 pages
    Genre: Poetry

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"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks ... The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander (He Said, She Said 2013).

Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

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"Alexander has crafted a story that vibrates with energy and heart and begs to be read aloud. A slam dunk. Grades 6-10." - School Library Journal

"This may be just the right book for those hard-to-match youth who live for sports or music or both. Grades 6-12." - Booklist

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