The Crossover

A Basketball Novel

Alexander, Kwame

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Crossover
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.
Publisher: Boston ;, New York :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2014.
ISBN: 9780544107717
Characteristics: 237 pages ;,22 cm.


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Dec 01, 2014
  • BurienLibraryKids rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The Crossover has so much energy, it's hard to believe it's just words on a page. The book practically bounces in your lap from the propulsion of its rhythms. Athletes and poets alike will be impressed.

The words beautifully bounced off the pages. I don't typically read sports books, but this is a refreshing one about family dynamics and competition. Josh and Jordan's sibling rivalry was very interesting to see unfold. I didn't see the ending coming at all. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quality read.

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Aug 04, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

With its free verse poetry format, The Crossover is the literary equivalent of an all-star player, moving quickly and effortlessly before going in for a three-pointer. The words dance across and down the page namechecking the greats of jazz and hip-hop. The writing style and subject make for a breezy read.

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Jun 24, 2014
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is an amazing example of poetry crossing all the boundaries! What a spectacularly written book of poems. I can't recommend this enough!

Jun 20, 2014
  • Ms_Gaye rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Not just for basketball fans! Easy to read verse and a story that will engage even reluctant readers.
For grades 5+

NYPL Staff Pick
Basketball, brothers, and poetry collide in a story about a winning season that gets unexpectedly complicated.
- Andrea Lipinski


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Aug 06, 2014
  • NatalieL rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jun 24, 2014
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Josh Bell, known as Filthy McNasty to those on the court, is one of top two players on his middle school basketball team. The other player is his twin brother, Jordan. The two are expected to become big stars as their father was an amazing basketball player before he retired, known to his fans as Da Man!

Filthy and Jordan are ready for an epic year on their team, taking them all the way to playoffs, when things are complicated by a new girl, who captures Jordan's eye and their father's heart problems.


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