The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover

"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. Josh and Jordan must...

Details The Crossover

TitleThe Crossover
Release DateMar 18th, 2014
PublisherHoughton Mifflin
GenrePoetry, Young Adult, Sports and Games, Sports, Realistic Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, Fiction

Reviews The Crossover

  • Brina
    Kwame Alexander's The Crossover won both the Newberry and Coretta Scott King Awards for children's literature in 2014. Combining beautiful prose with poetry that jumps off the page, Alexander tells the story of twin thirteen year basketball players Jordan and Josh Bell in a manner that makes reading fun for middle grade kids. Using basketball as a metaphor for life, Alexander imparts life lessons to adolescents in a non threatening way that has t...
  • Jane
    Here's an experiment I'd like a teacher to try for me. Don't "teach" this Newbery Award winner. Instead, place a copy of Crossover on each student's desk before they enter the classroom. Maybe upside down and backward to make it a bit more tempting. And then wait to see what happens. If the students say, "Do we have to read this?" answer, "I was curious whether anyone would want to." If they say, "What are we going to do with this book?" answer, ...
  • Jennifer
    Dear Mr. Kwame Alexander, You've got some explaining to do, Mister. You are officially responsible for the first big Ugly Cry of 2014, and I am not really happy about it. Thanks for the foreshadowing that did NOTHING to prepare me for this book. You hear me? NO. THING. NOTHING. You better hope we never cross paths, because I will have a few words for you. That is all.
  • Laurie Anderson
    Brilliant. Beautiful. Devastating. Uplifting.I adored this book.
  • Brandy Painter
    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.I have said before I don't love verse novels. Do you know what I love even less? Basketball. Not a fan. Not even a little bit. With those two things working against it, I really didn't want to read The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. But it's getting a lot of award buzz so I finally (rather petulantly) picked up a copy. Ahem. This book is AMAZING. I loved it. This is why we should always str...
  • Mary Ann
    WOW oh WOW. When a book hits a sweet spot, it zooms from one student to another. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Crossover, with its basketball cover and bouncing rap beat, I just knew I had to read it aloud to my 5th graders. But nothing prepared me for how it hooked them. To say they are loving it is an understatement. Fifth grade boys are just about wrestling each other to see who's going to get it next--jostling each other over a n...
  • Karen
    This one earned a whole extra star from me because it drew in one of my remedial readers...and he loved it...a book written in verse. And he came and asked for more books just like it- Me: "You mean basketball books?"Student: "No, ones with those poems in it."Be still my heart. This child never likes to read anything.That's worth five stars. That's worth a Newbery.
  • Lisa
    The Crossover, Newbery Medalist 2015, confirms the growing trend of novels in verse form, telling basic coming-of-age stories in short, free verse. This one follows exactly the same pattern as for example "The Weight of Water" or "Cloud Busting", slightly different from "Love That Dog" and "Hate That Cat", or "To Be Perfectly Honest", yet another one of those seemingly endless novels which claim to be deep because the language is broken into stan...
  • jv poore
    Cleverly captivating, presented in poetic form, I cannot believe how much this catchy story covers. I knew it'd be great because I've seen it on students' desks and more recently on a few Goodreads' Want to Read shelves and students never steer me wrong when it comes to book recommendations.
  • Sean-Wyn
    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5.
  • Travis
    I thought this book was very relatable, by that I mean how things change as you grow up. It made me to want to keep reading and never to put it down. Overall a great book,
  • Stephanie Weatherly
    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
  • Britany
    I picked this up at the library sale and used it for a Popsugar prompt for a book about sports. This book was well outside my genre both in scope, and in audience. Sports is not something I'm generally interested in reading about. Kwame Alexander is brilliant to use something as basketball to tie together poetry, free verse, and messages in a way that is accessible to all ages. This book is much more than just basketball. My heart found a special...
  • Sarah (YA Love)
    Review originally posted on YA LoveNewbery contenders aren’t often on my radar since I teach high school students, so the fact that I read two out of the three books blew my mind. I was sitting in my pajamas watching the live stream since we had a snow day and I threw up my arms and cheered when The Crossover was announced as the winner.Kwame Alexander’s newest release has been on my radar for quite some time for many reasons despite its youn...
  • Rincey
    I listened to this one on audiobook, which was a great way to experience this book since it is written in verse.
  • Lata
    A beautiful story told in verse about twin brothers Josh and Jordan, basketball and family. The poetry is spare and tight, and the text is visually lively. There were many things going on in this terrific story, between the family interactions, the brothers growing older and a little apart with the stresses of new relationships and maturing. I love how the text's appearance reinforced the boys' movements and feelings, and the action in general.
  • Angie
    It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while you read a book and it just blows you away. I really enjoy novels in verse even though I don't enjoy poetry like I probably should. I love how authors who write novels in verse can get across so much information with so few words. Sometimes novels in verse read like short prose paragraphs, but the truly great ones highlight different styles of poetry and draw the reader in completely. Kwame Alexa...
  • Jodi Meadows
    I don't usually pick up books about basketball, or books in verse, but I saw Kwame speak at the Virginia Festival of the Book in 2015 and had to have THE CROSSOVER. Having read it at last, I can see why the cover is filled with awards. What an incredible book. I loved the characters, the writing, and the way the formatting made me read in the rhythm -- and even volume -- the way the author intended. Clever. And so, so emotional.
  • Beth
    The rhythm, pacing, and heart of this novel in verse makes it probably the best I've ever read of this format. It's one of those books I am kicking myself for not having read sooner. Would be a good book for a middle school class read aloud.
  • Donalyn
    I love the rhythm and language of this novel in verse about twins who love basketball and their larger-than-life father, but don't always connect off the court.
  • Braelyn
    in like this book it is very funny sometime but it wasn't funny when there dad died when he had to heart attacks so i think you like so you should read this book
  • Kristine
    Yasssss! It won the Newbery God Medal!!!!!Wow. I'm not a big poetry fan. But, wow. I do love basketball, and this book is written in verse about the life of one basketball playing twin in junior high. I dont think I could love it more. How did Alexander get so much emotion into so few words? Perfect voice, pacing, characters of depth and complexity....I hope this gets some Newbery love tomorrow!
  • Saleh MoonWalker
    احساسات خالص و بیان صادقانه اونها باعث میشه این داستان به یکی از داستان های واقعا تلخ این زمینه تبدیل بشه. تعلیق های خوبی هم داره که تا لحظه آخر در همون حالت نگهت میداره. سبک روایتش ساده س و سریع جلو میره.Basketball Rule #10A loss is inevitable,like snow in winter.True championslearnto dan...
  • Barb Middleton
    Kwame Alexander is a poet who is not afraid to experiment. His choice of fiction verse mirrors the rhythm of the sport basketball and music. Now, I'm no musician. Nor am I poet. But I did see quite a bit going on in this terrific story that layers the complexity of family relationships with the beat of a bouncing basketball. From the beginning chapter you have a concrete poem using gerunds to reflect the movement of the sport and its fast pace. W...
  • Sarah
    Not being a teenager and knowing absolutely nothing about basketball, I think it's pretty safe to say I'm not really the target audience for this novel. I love verse novels though and seeing a video of the author reading part of the story had me curious enough to give it a try and I have to say I loved it far more than I expected to and I can see why it's won so many awards!The story is about twelve-year-old twins who until now have been utterly ...
  • Liza Fireman
    I didn't expect to like that book too much. I am not into basketball, and not easily drawn into this strange-rhymes-type-of-writing (it was also hard for me to get into the great Inside Out & Back Again). My daughter had no issue, she immediately found it extremely fun and funny, way before I got the groove of this book. After a while we were both invested, but I was the one that ended crying. Josh and Jordan are 13 year old twins, they are also ...
  • Barbara
    There's so much to like in this action-filled novel in verse about twin eight grade brothers with tremendous basketball talent. If Goodreads allowed me to give a 4.5, that would be my score for this book since it succeeds on so many levels and makes me want to fill my review with sports lingo, calling it a slam-dunk, a buzzer beater, a victory, a championship. Filled with basketball lingo and playing the game as hard as it can be played, the book...