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
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Sports and Games, Sports, Poetry, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Becca
    Audibly sighed after finishing the last page of this book. Another phenomenal read from Alexander. It makes me even more excited for his upcoming imprint.Narrative poetry and I’m so looking forward to seeing the completed artwork. I think my reluctant readers who are still stuck on Diary of a Wimpy kid might be willing to pick this one up.Loved how the book deals with death, grief, and other hard life situations. Alexander puts words to the fee...
  • Jennifer Guyor Jowett
    Kwame Alexander slam dunks it again with this prequel to The Crossover. Rebound stands on its own with a heart-tugging, powerful story, yet it blends seamlessly with its partner novel. The importance of family, finding one's own path, and struggling with choices guide the Chuck Bell's character arc. Readers will leave pumped up and satisfied.
  • Kristin
    This is a fantastic prequel to The Crossover! Alexander's rhyme and craft are back with the addition of short comics. Readers will be satisfied with the backstory of Josh and JB's family and get some closure from The Crossover. Well, done!
  • Rachel Yoder
    Kwame has written another completely amazing book.
  • Denise
    This prequel to Kwame Alexander’s novel in verse, The Crossover, is a beautifully told story about growing up, family, and overcoming the hardest moments of loss and grief. I loved getting to know Chuck and his circle of support and the root of where the Bell brothers came from. I received an ARC from HMHKids.
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Alexander, Kwame Rebound, 414 pages. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. $17. Language: PG (1 swear, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG. In this thrilling prequel to Crossover, 12-year-old Charlie has had a rough year. He and his dad had been planning this year’s summer vacation, but when dad collapses in the kitchen right in front of Charlie, and the hospital does all they can, but it doesn’t save him, Charlie turns from a sweet boy i...
  • Jennifer
    Rebound is the prequel to The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander, and tells of childhood days of Charlie "Chuck" Bell (Josh and Jordan's father). At the age of 12, Charlie had already experienced loss and love, carrying much baggage to his grandparent's house in the summer of 1988. "It was the summer when Now and Laters cost a nickel, and The Fantastic Four a buck. When I met Harriet Tubman and the Harlem Globetrotters..."Charlie retells his story for...
  • Lisa
    In this thrilling prequel to Crossover, 12-year-old Charlie has had a rough year. He and his dad had been planning this year’s summer vacation, but when dad collapses in the kitchen right in front of Charlie, and the hospital does all they can, but it doesn’t save him, Charlie turns from a sweet boy into an angry teenager. Mom is having trouble making ends meet, and when Charlie steals from his neighbor’s front porch, that’s the last stra...
  • Amanda Sass-Henke
    Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance copy for review purposes. All opinions are my own. Before Josh and Jordan Bell and The Crossover, there was Da Man -- Chuck Bell. Alexander tells the story of the father of the twin boys featured in his widely popular (and phenomenal) YA novel written in verse. I wasn't sure what to expect. I thought this would tell the story of Chuck Bell and his professional basketball career in Europe...
  • Marisa
    Arc provided by publisher for honest review. I enjoyed the newest book to come from Kwame Alexander. I initially didn’t realize that this book is set in 1988, but the main character is teenager Charles ‘Chuck’ Bell; Chuck is the future father to Josh and Jordan, from his first big breakout CROSSOVER. Charles is deeply angry after the recent sudden death of his father, one minute in the kitchen, the next day failing quickly in the hospital. ...
  • Brian Smeltzer
    Thanks to HMH for my advance copy.Like a great basketball game, this book gets your heart rate up in the beginning and ends with four or five amazing plays that keep you talking. It takes control and tells a moving story, intertwining the lives of three generations. Life has dealt a blow to twelve year old Chuck Bell and we find ourselves rooting for him as he weaves in and out of his raw emotions and attempts to deal with the trauma he strives t...
  • Carrie
    This book is absolutely amazing! It is beautifully written, tells a story that tugs at your heartstrings from the very beginning and ties so incredibly well with The Crossover. Students will identify with Chuck so incredibly well and those who love Kwame's other books will devour this incredible novel, written once again in verse. It has amazing life lessons in it and a wonderfully strong young female character who is breaking barriers in her own...
  • Alicia
    Thicker than the others, Alexander has incorporated a few graphic sequences into the verse and introduces us to the previous generation. Charlie lost his father and isn't coping well, so mom sends him to his grandparents for the summer. During this time, he gains some confidence and a voice to share what he's thinking and feeling before it's fast-forwarded to his own children. Verse is where Alexander is at home and incorporating sports is natura...
  • Melissapalmer404
    Book #20 Read in 2018Rebound by Kwame AlexanderThis is a verse novel and tells the story of Chuck Bell, the father of the Bell twins in the other basketball verse novels. Chuck's father has died and he and his mother are trying to deal with that. Chuck is not always making good decision and his grandparents are trying to reach him. This is a good, quick read, especially for middle school and high school boys. I received this book for review throu...
  • Ciera
    Read for work, so no real review on here (since I already wrote up an entire editorial report for it). While I liked it and it was great to see Chuck’s life when he was about Jordan and Josh’s age, especially considering the end of The Crossover, I’m not a huge fan of prequels and so liked this one a little less than the others. That said, the poetry is still great, the new cast of characters is fun, and the emotion and family and love is a...
  • Linda
    This book is magnificent. I'm embarrassed to say it's my first Alexander but, I can also tell you, it's a great stand alone (though, now I have to go back to the previous book and find out how this story ends). Every child will love this book. It's about friendship and family, loss and love. It's told in verse *and* has a graphic novel aspect to it. Sadly, I read an ARC so I have to buy the finished product to see the final art!!! I'm not complai...
  • Alyx Campbell
    I need to talk this one through with someone because I am not sure what I thought. The supporting characters was the strength of this book, I appreciated the ending, and I thought it explored grief really delicately. However, I found myself thinking a lot throughout this book that I read this one before. I’d also love to discuss if anyone has a good answer how the verse makes this a better book. I usually love Alexander’s verse but this one l...
  • Wendy
    This book is my new favorite by Kwame Alexander. It can totally stand alone but I love how it gives the backstory of the Bell family. Getting to know Charlie Bell helps to see why Jordan and Josh are who they are in The Crossover. Seeing family figure things out and come together makes me smile and cry and get angry. This book will not stay on my shelf in my classroom!
  • Lauren Grace
    I was privileged to receive an ARC of this book. This prequel to The Crossover is a coming of age story that I think many middle grade readers will be able to relate to. Though this book could stand on its own, Kwame links this book back to The Crossover so beautifully it brought tears to my eyes. You’ve done it again, Kwame! ❤ I was privileged to receive an ARC of this book. This prequel to The Crossover is a coming of age story that I thi...