Rebound by Kwame Alexander


Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshipping, basketball star his sons look up to.   

Details Rebound

Release DateApr 2nd, 2018
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
GenrePoetry, Childrens, Middle Grade, Sports and Games, Sports, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult

Reviews Rebound

  • Abby Johnson
    My heeeeaaaarrrtttt. Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unable to reach him and afraid that he's going to end up in trouble, so she sends him to spend the summer with his grandparents in Washington DC. There, Charlie gets to know...
  • Beth Parmer
    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius.
  • Joe
    This is a review of the ARC.The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought.The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander's masterful The Crossover: it was all sound and feeling, energy and zip, breathlessly exciting poetry. I pulled the book to my chest. "I want to savor this," I thought.The...
  • Paul Hankins
    I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it. But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young people. REBOUND is special. And it hits every post a prequel should hit. Oh. I've said too much.
  • Christina Hanson
    You know, Chuck,he says.You’re not always gonna swish....You gonna miss some.Heck, you gonna miss a lot.That’s the way the real world works.But you gotta grab the ball andkeep shooting. You understand?Yessir.I tell you what, though,you’ll make a lot morethan you miss ifyou’re not always going forthe flashand flair.Try usingthe backboard, son.You got me.You got your grandmother.You got Roxie.You got your mother.You got all of us,remember t...
  • Shauna Yusko
    OMG. I'm in love with this.
  • Kate Olson
    Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the context of Chuck Bell as the basketball star father from THE CROSSOVER. I highly recommend this stellar novel in verse for purchase in all middle grade libraries - I wi...
  • Mary Ann
    I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely.And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!)And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!)But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For all of us when we feel storm-beaten and shattered, how we can hold onto hope. Thank you.
  • Rachel Polacek
    I love Kwame Alexander’s books for how excited kids are about reading them. I had it out yesterday while I read a little bit during our independent reading day, and I already had multiple kids ask me if they could borrow it next.
  • Brittany
    I didn’t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers.The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are even better. I love every, single one..yes, Charlie/Chuck, mom, CJ are all amazing, but the grandparents stole the show for me. Granddad is sassy and sweet and tender an...
  • Nicole
    My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception.
  • Mrs. Krajewski
    Charlie Bell, who later is the great Chuck “Da Man” Bell in The Crossover, is a young boy of 12 who just lost his father. He doesn’t know how to grieve, and neither does his mother. They struggle to be around one another so much so that eventually Charlie’s mother decides to send him to spend the summer with his paternal grandparents in Washington, D.C. She believes it will help both of them heal. At first, Charlie is quite reluctant to l...
  • Jenn Marshall
    Crossover was the first Kwame Alexander book I read. I liked it, but found myself getting confused from time to time because I'm not a sports person. But the style of writing and the fact that there is a good story had me hooked. Rebound is a prequel to Crossover. I could not put it down. The story is still focusing on Basketball, but because it is the beginning I wasn't nearly as confused with the basketball terms and it was fun to see where it ...
  • Dan
    Anticipating which books might fall into a child's heart is one of my favorite parts of teaching. Sharing Charlie Bell's story today in class was like tossing the ball off the backboard on a fast break without looking and KNOWING a list of kids were ready to throw it down! I highly recommend this amazing prequel!!!
  • Heather Taake
    Kwame kills it with this Crossover prequel about the boys’ dad. I loved it. And per usual, cried. I think students will especially love the graphic novel pages that are inserted throughout. It’s a hybrid structure that we have not encountered before.....lyrical and graphic novel!
  • Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
    If you read The Crossover, you know that Josh and Jordan's dad Chuck was a basketball legend. If you read Rebound, you'll find out that he NEVER guessed that would be a possibility.
  • Austin Poulin
    This was another great book by the author Kwame Alexander. Similar to his award winning book The Crossover, the main character faces many different problems that he will try to overcome. After Charlie's father dies, he is left with sadness and finds it hard to smile and laugh. Having troubles with his mother, his mother has an idea for Charlie to go spend the summer with his grandparents in DC. While in DC, Charlie finds himself and learns that t...
  • Courtney
    I love when the pre-sequel is as good, if not better than, the first book. I cried. Hard. And laughed. Hard. Kwame’s books are perfect.
  • Clare Lund
    A prequel to The Crossover - fans of the first book won't be disappointed!
  • Brianne Huber
    Waited for 2 years for this book. I liked the graphic novel spurts weaved in. Made me want to cry in some parts; great life lesson lines, as always, by Kwame. Loved how he weaves names into this book from Crossover and we learn the true love story behind Chuck and Crystal❤ Great read! Waited for 2 years for this book. I liked the graphic novel spurts weaved in. Made me want to cry in some parts; great life lesson lines, as always, by Kwame. L...
  • Jona & Joslyn
    Jona's rating = 5Joslyn's rating = 5
  • Kristen
    There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the same punch in the gut--and even though it takes place three decades ago, Chuck's story will be just as relatable and accessible to my students.I felt quite emotion...
  • Ashley
    Brilliant! Even better than the first. Every new Kwame Alexander book is my new favorite Kwame Alexander book! If you liked The Crossover, then read this book as soon as you can!
  • Stephanie Bange
    Many know how much I love Newbery Medal winner The Crossover for its ability to turn middle grade readers into readers of poetry. Alexander used numerous poetic devices and at least seven forms of poetry to tell the story of a year in the life of two teenage basketball players (J.B. and Josh Bell) and their parents. Usually when an author takes a stab at writing a sequel, some of the magic of the first book is lost. That is not the case in this p...
  • Laura Gardner
    5/5 for REBOUND by @kwamealexander, published by @hmhkids. Thanks to @kidlitexchange for this ARC; all opinions are my own._*_*_*_*_*This is a prequel to Crossover and the story of how young Charlie Bell became Chuck "Da Man" Bell, basketball legend._*_*_*_*_*Another @kwamealexander book? Be still my heart! My students (boys and girls b/c there are no boy books and no girl books, right? right.) LOVE Booked and Crossover -- we can't keep them on t...
  • Rachel
    It’s not necessary to read The Crossover to enjoy this prequel about Josh’s dad Chuck, and the summer he learns to rebound both on and off the court. It’s also the summer he learns how to really play ball. To become the GREAT Chuck Bell. How he stops being Charlie. How he meets the love of his life, who starts as his best friend. How family is the ultimate healer, the support, the structure, the reason we keep jumping, lifting, flying. How ...
  • John Almanza
    if you like books about being competitive in basket ball and you like comics and if you like book with life problems , plus if your passion is to read Mr. Kwame Alexanders book than this is you book,plus this book is loaded with themes and conflicts so me personally recommend the book from a great author., plus kwame also adds good dialogue on each character, and some thing that you might see -/warring if you dont like spoiler alerts than than do...
  • Yapha
    This prequel to The Crossover is the story of Josh and JB's father, Chuck Bell. It is the summer of 1988 and twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is not coping well with the death of his father. His mother is at her wit's end, and sends him to spend the summer with his grandparents in Washington, DC. They are still grieving the loss of his father (their son) as well, but showing it in different ways. When Chuck first get there all he wants to do is stay in...
  • Kim Clifton
    This got to me just like The Crossover, and I teared up a lot more than I expected to. I know it’s technically a prequel, but because I haven’t read The Crossover in a few years, I treated this like a standalone, and it worked. The epilogue was a little jarring with a thirty year jump, but maybe that will provide closure for readers who are actually looking for a continuation of Josh and JB’s story— I just didn’t need that to feel like ...