Last week, I read The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. I had started this book a few times but didn't get past the first few pages. I picked it up last weekend and was hooked in just a few pages. (I always find it so interesting how important timing is when we read books!)
This is a novel in verse. It is a powerful novel in verse intended for upper elementary/middle school kids. It is one that is being talked about as a good one for boy readers but I see it as an amazing book for all readers.
The book is about basketball. But more importantly it is about basketball player Josh Bell and his twin brother Jordan. They are stars on their school basketball team and basketball is clearly their passion. The story revolves around the two of them and their parents--a family you come to love immediately. And a family that will stay with me for a very long time.
But things are changing for both boys-as they grow older, discover girls, and face life issues.
This is an amazing book. A must read for anyone who likes to keep up with great books for this age. A must read for teachers and parents trying to stretch their upper middle grade readers to try something new. So glad I took the time to read this one. Once I was hooked, I didn't get off the couch until I had finished.
An incredible and powerful read.