The Crossover

Poetry & Verse
237 pages
Awarded the Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award

Author: Kwame Alexander

Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014

Overview: Josh’s and his twin brother Jordan’s lives revolve around basketball. Their bond on and off the court is unbreakable, until Jordan meets a girl. The novel depicts Josh’s life and his feelings through verse. The book is engaging and entertaining in the way the words are organized and the font that is being used. The words are descriptive and makes you feel like you are in a basketball game. The plot makes you empathize with Josh in the issues he’s going through and makes you want to communicate with your own family more. Children will able to see themselves through the characters. Readers can relate to the bond between the siblings and what happens when each person grows up. The book shows you the values of family and loyalty through Josh’s eyes.

Intended Reader: This book is a great resource for readers who are struggling with the bond of their siblings as well as living with someone who has an illness. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Resources:

Reviews of the The Crossover

TIME interview with the Kwame Alexander

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