# 024800

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Item #: 024800
ISBN: 9780544107717
Grades: 9-12

Product Description:

Josh Bell is one of the best basketball players on the court, and his twin brother, Jordan, is another. It helps that their dad is Chuck “Da Man” Bell, a former professional basketball player. Along with his “dad jokes” and out-of-date slang, Chuck gives the boys plenty of tips from his own basketball days. Josh loves to be on the court, and he has rhythm and rhyming lines flowing through his mind as he plays. But as Josh and Jordan lead their team in a winning season, Jordan begins to show more interest in a girl than in basketball, adding some tension to their relationship.

The Crossover is a coming-of-age story about sports, family, brotherhood, loyalty, and redemption. This award-winning book by Kwame Alexander is written in free verse and a hip-hop poetic style that is unique and engaging, with authentic characters that draw the reader into this heartfelt story. It is sure to be a slam dunk with readers, whether they love basketball or not. 240 pgs, hc. ~ Rachel

Publisher Description:

"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.

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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Kwame Alexander
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Houghton Mifflin
0.75 (lbs.)
8.5" x 5.75" x 0.88"
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