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Booked

by Kwame Alexander

Booked by Kwame Alexander
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2016
    320 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Like lightning
you strike
fast and free
legs zoom
down field
eyes fixed

on the checkered ball
on the goal
ten yards to go
can't nobody stop you

can't nobody cop you…

In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel The Crossover,  soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.

This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match!

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"Starred Review. Alexander understands reluctant readers deeply, and here hands them a protagonist who is himself a smart, reading-averse kid who just wants to enjoy the words that interest him on his own terms. With accessible poetic forms and engaging formatting, Booked 's pages will be turned swiftly and enthusiastically." - Horn Book

"Starred Review. While some may find Mr. Mac's passion a bit overwhelming (while other may find it simply delightful), middle-school readers and their advocates will surely love Alexander's joyous word play and celebration of reading." - Booklist

"Starred Review. What the mostly free-verse novel does have is a likable protagonist, great wordplay, solid teen and adult secondary characters, and a clear picture of the challenges young people face when self-identity clashes with parental expectations. The soccer scenes are vivid and will make readers wish for more, but the depiction of Nick as he unlocks his inner reader is smooth and believable. A satisfying, winning read. Ages 10-12." - Kirkus

"Another winning goal for Alexander and middle school readers alike." - School Library Journal

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This is an awesome book, filled with heart sadness and joy. I would recommend this book to anyone! You should so read this book. This is the first real book I loved. I love love LOVE IT!

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Kwame Alexander is a poet, children's book author, playwright, producer, public speaker, performer, and winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal for his novel-in-verse, The Crossover. He conducts creative writing workshops in middle and high schools, often reaching more than five hundred students monthly. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the Washington, D.C., area. Visit his website at www.kwamealexander.com.

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