" Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health." -- NoveList
"...This novel in verse is rich in character and relationships. Most interesting is the family dynamic that informs so much of the narrative, which always reveals, never tells. While Josh relates the story, readers get a full picture of major and minor players. The basketball action provides energy and rhythm for a moving story. Poet Alexander deftly reveals the power of the format to pack an emotional punch. "
- Kirkus, Starred Review
John Newberry Medal (2015, Winner) for "the most distinguished contributions to American literature for children."
Coretta Scott King Award (2015, Honor) for "outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience".
Read this book if...
1. It's a Book of Poems. 2. It's only for Boys. 3. It only received 4 "Starred Reviews" 4. Kwame was a HS Basketball star. 5. It's only for Middle-School/High-Schoolers
Poetry experienced in the Author's Voice.
The "Prequel" to The Crossover