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, Childrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Fiction

Reviews The Crossover

  • Rick Riordan
    I am late in reviewing this, but oh my goodness, what an amazing book. Kwame Alexander gives us a novel in verse -- a series of poems about twin brothers, JD and Jordan Bell, sons of a former pro basketball player, who are making their way through middle school as best they can -- navigating first crushes, homework, family tensions, and of course, basketball. I was in awe of Alexander's ability to tell such a rich, multifaceted story with so few ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Calista
    BeautifulVerseFamilyQuick ReadHeartfeltThis is really reading outside my normal subject matter. I rarely read anything with sports. This is a Newbery book and a Kwame book so I gave it a try. For such a compact story, it packs a punch. I have no understanding of a crossover and what it is, but it seems to be a special move in basketball. I loved the prose, I love the family dynamics. I loved the family players. Wow, it really is a well done story...
  • 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...
  • Rincey
    I listened to this one on audiobook, which was a great way to experience this book since it is written in verse.
  • Will Lanham
    3.5/5This book was good. Like REALLY good. The characters are real and relatable to the reader, and you form connections with them thoughout the story. I won't spoil anything, but there is a FLOOD of emotion near the end. My only complaint is that the writing is strange and the story skips around a bit, but once you get used to the writing style and the hops in the story, you can fully enjoy this book. I would recommend this to anyone who likes p...
  • 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...
  • Toph
    First Newbery I've read in a while. Helped that it was about basketball (my dad's favorite sport), so 4.5.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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,
  • 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.
  • JonathanT
    Thank goodness for an MG book that prioritizes siblings over other friends. And thank goodness for an MG book with GOOD, SMART ADULTS (especially parents). BUT: thirteen-year-olds are way, way too young to have girlfriends. What on earth. Let them play basketball in peace.
  • Julie James
    First book up in my mother-son summer book club. :) Final review: Big hit with Little Guy!
  • 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.
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    I'd been meaning to read something from Kwame Alexander for what felt like forever, so I'm glad to finally have picked up some of his work. Unfortunately, I wasn't a huge fan of this one! I 100% appreciate the perspectives it offered and the story it told, but the writing lost me time and time again. I read a fair amount of middle grade and I love novels told through verse, so it wasn't either of those things messing with me — I just kept feeli...
  • Teddy
    If only I could find a book like this for stock-car racing!(It is really good)
  • 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...