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, Sports and Games, Sports, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Realistic Fiction

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...
  • 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.
  • Beth Parmer
    The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Shauna Yusko
    OMG. I'm in love with this.
  • Jordan Henrichs
    First of all, the good:- Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me.- Roxie should have her own story!- I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom. - The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voice.- Chuck's grandfather drops more wisdom than I could keep track of. I earmarked his conversation with Chuck after Chuck's run-in with the police. The conversation about su...
  • 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...
  • Casey
    I read this to see if Owen would like it. I think he will. It's tough to find things for him to read right now. The writing style is fun to follow, and the quick chapters keep the story moving. We will see what he thinks. Very appropriate story for middle schoolers.
  • 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.
  • Lauren Waters
    If you are looking for a book that takes you on a journey about learning to accept and love your family, friends and the game of basketball, this verse is for you.
  • Leonard Kim
    4.5 stars. Probably Alexander’s best yet- both more consistent (hard to do in a verse novel) and higher peaks. The main thing holding me back from a full 5 stars are some of characters who seem more types than people. Chuck and his Mom are well-wrought but Percy is a bit the Magic Grandparent and CJ and Roxie both seem more like a boy’s idea of The Perfect Girl.
  • DaNae
    I know my friend Joe found many anachronisms in this, but I'm going to plug my ears and sing la la la. I loved this so much. Give me curmudgeony grandpa and I'm a happy girl. Also, there is a girl superstar basketball player here that deserves everything that comes her way. Thank you my friend, Joe, for getting me the book, even if I ignored all your earnest goggling about what could and couldn't exist in 1988.
  • 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...
  • Karen
    I probably owe Kwame Alexander $10. Or an autographed Harlem Globetrotters basketball. Because he makes me look like the best librarian ever when he writes books like this that I can casually hand off to kids who have no idea what's about to hit them. Like Crossover, Rebound is disguised as an easily read novel in verse about basketball. DO NOT LET THAT FACADE FOOL YOU. It's a roller coaster ride, slamming the reader through twists and turns of f...
  • Lindsey
    Why has it taken me this long to read Kwame Alexander? His voice was made for verse novels. I haven't read The Crossover but I plan to now. He sold me with Charlie Bell's coming-of-age story about a summer spent with his grandparents. It has basketball, Marvel comics, 80s references, complicated family relationships, hilarious friendships, ROLLER RINKS, and the verse is on point.This book is categorized as middle grade on Goodreads and in my libr...
  • 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!!!
  • Indie
    4.5 stars:I really enjoyed how small bits of the story were short comic strips. It really brought out the story and Charlie's, the main character, thoughts. I also thought the format and wording of this story was nice, but some parts weren't that clear. I wasn't able to understand the perspective of the last bits of the story, but I'm pretty sure it was just that I have limited understanding of things...?
  • 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...
  • Patrick
    Read in a day. Kwame has done it again. This is probably my favorite in this series. Writing was spot on! Great relationships in this story!!!
  • 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!