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
Number of pages240 pages
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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Sean-Wyn
    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • David Schaafsma
    The winner of the 2015 Newbery Award for Children's Literature, and a book that's easy and fun to read. I think kids will read it all over the country. It's rare in that it is a sports novel, that it has attracted this much attention. It's a verse novel, sometimes rapping, usually not. The story involves the twin basketball playing sons of a former star basketball player with some health issues. Parents are very involved with their kids and admir...
  • John Winston
    Crossover took me completely by surprise. It’s a middle grade read that a really good friend turned me on to. It’s a story written in verse, and starts out slow, but when it gets going, it just keeps picking up steam. Although it was written for middle schoolers, I think anyone who likes a good story would love it. Kwame Alexander does a great Job of developing the main and secondary characters in this short easy read. Alexander tells the sto...
  • Holly
    REREAD for Cybils - glad I read the print version as well as listened to the audio. PREVIOUS (May 2014) REVIEW: I listened to the audio of this novel in verse in my car, and was finishing it on the way to school. Mistake! Tears and streaks of mascara were streaming down my face by the time I got to work. What an amazing book! It's funny, poignant, entertaining, and brilliant. I seem to be reading a lot of books with twins in it lately. Basketball...
  • Zach
    knocked my socks off.stop all that quivering cuz tonight Im delivering
  • Imani Allen
    I like this book
  • Julie Peffley
    If only I could give more than 5 stars...beautifully written!
  • Liviania
    Kwame Alexander's newest novel, THE CROSSOVER, is a verse tour de force. It's told through poems by the main character, Josh Bell a.k.a. Filthy McNasty. He and his twin brother Jordan (JB) are talented basketball players, but jealousy threatens to split them apart when JB gets a girlfriend.I love how many levels of story are woven into this novel.THE CROSSOVER is the kind of book I never would've picked up when I was younger because I didn't like...
  • Philip
    True story: this was our last pick for book club - to be followed by Infinite Jest. Seriously. And I'm not sure what to make of that.As I've mentioned in basically every book-club-book review, I generally enjoy books more after discussing them. And this book was no exception. I liked it to begin with, but if you ever get a chance to discuss a book with someone: discuss it.First off, though: what's the deal with the cover?For how often it talked a...