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Why Choose This Book?

The Crossover

by Kwame Alexander

" 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...

  • You like stories that mix sports action and family relationships.
  • You like the rhythm and pacing of a novel-in-verse (narrative told through poetry)
  • You are excited for the upcoming Disney+ series (for which Lebron James is one of the Executive Producers).



5-Myths about The Crossover - Kwame Alexander

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

More About the Book

Kwame Alexander Reads an Excerpt From The Crossover

Poetry experienced in the Author's Voice.

Poet's Novel Turns Young Sports Lovers into Book Lovers - [PBS News Hour]


The "Prequel" to The Crossover

Book Trailer

Visual Poetry in The Crossover