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Gr 6–10—Twins Josh and Jordan are junior high basketball stars, thanks in large part to the coaching of their dad, a former professional baller who was forced to quit playing for health reasons, and the firm, but loving support of their assistant-principal mom. Josh, better known as Filthy McNasty, earned his nickname for his enviable skills on the court: "…when Filthy gets hot/He has a SLAMMERIFIC SHOT." In this novel in verse, the brothers begin moving apart from each other for the first time. Jordan starts dating the "pulchritudinous" Miss Sweet Tea, and Josh has a tough time keeping his jealousy and feelings of abandonment in control. Alexander's poems vary from the pulsing, aggressive beats of a basketball game ("My shot is F L O W I N G, Flying, fluttering…. ringaling and SWINGALING/Swish. Game/over") to the more introspective musings of a child struggling into adolescence ("Sit beside JB at dinner. He moves./Tell him a joke. He doesn't even smile….Say I'm sorry/but he won't listen"). Despite his immaturity, Josh is a likable, funny, and authentic character. Underscoring the sports and the fraternal tension is a portrait of a family that truly loves and supports one another. Alexander has crafted a story that vibrates with energy and heart and begs to be read aloud. A slam dunk.—Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal.

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The Bell twins are stars on the basketball court and comrades in life. While there are some differences—Josh shaves his head and Jordan loves his locks—both twins adhere to the Bell basketball rules: In this game of life, your family is the court, and the ball is your heart. With a former professional basketball player dad and an assistant principal mom, there is an intensely strong home front supporting sports and education in equal measures. When life intervenes in the form of a hot new girl, the balance shifts and growing apart proves painful. An accomplished author and poet, Alexander eloquently mashes up concrete poetry, hip-hop, a love of jazz, and a thriving family bond. The effect is poetry in motion. It is a rare verse novel that is fundamentally poetic rather than using this writing trend as a device. There is also a quirky vocabulary element that adds a fun intellectual note to the narrative. This may be just the right book for those hard-to-match youth who live for sports or music or both. Grades 6-12. --Gail Bush

Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Later Printing edition (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0544107713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0544107717
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kwame Alexander is a poet, children's book author, playwright, producer, and the author of fourteen books including Crush: Love Poems for Teenagers, and a children's picture book, Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band. Since 2006, Kwame's Book-in-a-day writing & publishing program for middle and high school students has created more than 1500 student authors in 35 schools across the U.S., and in Canada and the Caribbean. Kwame regularly conducts creative writing workshops and performances in middle and high schools. Most recently, he served as Guest Author for the Grand Cayman Libraries Summer Reading Programme, Poet-in-Residence at Foxcroft Girls Boarding School in Virginia, and Poet-in-Residence for Loudoun County Virginia's year-long, award-winning, Try Poetry 2010 initiative. In the summer of 2010, Alexander created the Book-in-a-Day International Fellowship, and took eight writer/educators on a creative journey to Tuscany. In 2012, he will take eight new writer/educators to Brazil. The Kwame Alexander Papers, a collection of his professional and personal documents, is held at George Washington University's Gelman Library. Recently, Kwame served on the advisory board for Nikki Giovanni's The 100 Best African American Poems. He is currently the poet-laureate of LitWorld, a literacy organization dedicated to supporting the development of literacy in the world's most vulnerable communities.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Liviania VINE VOICE on April 28, 2014
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Kwame Alexander's newest novel, THE CROSSOVER, is a verse tour de force. It's told through poems by the main character, Josh Bell a.k.a. Filthy McNasty. He and his twin brother Jordan (JB) are talented basketball players, but jealousy threatens to split them apart when JB gets a girlfriend.

I love how many levels of story are woven into this novel.

THE CROSSOVER is the kind of book I never would've picked up when I was younger because I didn't like sports. There is the sports story promised by the cover, all leading up to a big championship game, but it is far from the only plotline. Nor is it the most important plotline. That's reserved for all the family stuff.

There's the relationship between the brothers, at times super close and at other times strained. In fact, the first real schism in the story is when JB accidentally forces Josh to get his head shaved. Before, Josh's locks were his pride and separated him from his bald brother. Then, there is the relationship with the boys' parents, especially their father, a former basketball player and the man who taught them the game. Their parents' worries are on the fringe of Josh's awareness, but most readers will be able to put the pieces together. And, although she is a small part, the girl "Sweet Tea" is still shown to be a person, a talented basketball player in her own right and pissed off by the physical signs of Josh's jealousy, frustration, and confusion.

All of this is conveyed so elegantly by the language.

Alexander's poetry flows easily and tells the story in short pieces, making THE CROSSOVER inviting to reluctant and casual readers. At the same time, it's a sophisticated and rewarding form.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Grange on January 19, 2015
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I've been putting off reading this book because it's a sports book, and I don't really enjoy most sports books. Which is really rather odd since I do enjoy watching them. But after reading this I can easily see why it has received so much acclaim. It's a beautifully written, powerful story about family and change. I sat down to read this and I was immediately impressed with the verse. The language drew me in and made me care about Josh and his family. The exciting poems that were about actually playing basketball were so well done that I could see Josh on the floor making for the basket.

It always amazes me when an author creates a powerful story in verse, in so few words. The characters here are vivid and clear, each one shines through as an individual, which is all the more interesting since the story is told from Josh's point of view. The plot revolves around Josh's love of basketball, his father's refusal to see a doctor, and his brother's gaining a girlfriend. Except for basketball, Josh's world is shaken to the core by his father's ongoing refusal to address physical problems, and his brother's focus on his new girlfriend. His frustration leads him to do something he greatly regrets. The climax was a shock although I should have seen it coming, there were certainly enough clues. But when you don't want something to happen, it's easy not to be prepared when it happens, even when it's in a story.

I'd say this is definitely one of the best books I've read in the last year and I highly recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 19, 2014
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I am not usually a fan of novels written in verse. I need a big meaty story if I'm going to enjoy a book, especially a book about sports. I loved The Crossover. I'm a sports fanatic, and this book is filled with tons of well written basketball action that speaks to everything that true basketball fans love about the game. Josh has such a strong narrative voice that I could easily envision him out on the court flying high enough to throw down a crowd pleasing dunk.

The language is dazzling, from Josh's game time raps, and confrontations with his brother, to his powerful conversations with his dad that convey an astounding amount of emotions in just a few spare lines. The author utilizes unique constructions, fonts, and styles that make the text even more dynamic. This is not a standard novel, yet it will serve as a welcome introduction to reading novels in verse for many young readers.

Perhaps my favorite aspect of this book is its unflinching look at family. This is a real family facing real problems that will serve to impact all their lives. None of them are perfect, but they stand by each other and love each other unflinchingly, even when they are confronted with the worst possible outcomes. Throw into all this two boys coming of age, growing apart, and discovering their own paths through love and grief. This is a powerful book and an enthusiastic recommend for young readers ages 10 and up.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Joseph VINE VOICE on February 15, 2014
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The Crossover is a fun read, employing a poetic, hip-hop writing style to convey the high-energy feel of youth basketball from the perspective of twelve-year-old hoops prodigy, Josh Bell. Josh and his twin brother JB, having grown up with a basketball in their hands thanks to a father who starred in the European league, are not only their team's star players, but also best friends. At least until JB becomes smitten with new girl, Alexis. Can Josh and JB's bond withstand the intrusion of Miss Sweet Tea and their father's deteriorating health? And in the face of these challenges, can their team win the county championship? Grab this book and find out!
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