Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Crossover, by Kwame Alexander

CrossoverSummary:  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.

Houghton Mifflin

Find it at WCPL


4 thoughts on “Crossover, by Kwame Alexander

  1. This book is a novel-in-verse. I usually don’t like novels-in-verse; however, I really did like this one. The poems actually felt like they were poems, and I liked how there were raps interspersed in the book. The raps gave the book character and talked about basketball in a way that made it interesting.
    But even though I liked this book, I’m not sure it’ll win the Mock Newbery.

  2. Best contribution to children’s literature in 2014? Absolutely! It is a book that will make all kids want to read more. I can’t wait for the fall to get here and share this book with my middle schoolers! It is a book that all of them will count as a favorite. Those who are already established readers love the story and the language. Developing readers love to have an interesting big book that they can read relatively quickly. Boys and girls will enjoy it! They will all be talking about The Crossover – hopefully as a Newbery winning book!

  3. The Crossover was such a fun book to read. I found the writing style to fit the story perfectly. I loved how the author took verse and made it into something even more unique and even more interesting to read. I would definitely give five stars for the writing style. The theme of the novel to me was change and it was woven throughout the book very smoothly with the term Crossover being repeated and used to mean many different things. Sometimes the word was used as the name of a move in basketball where the person dribbling the ball would change its direction so quickly the opponent would be completely lost for the moment. That basketball move provided a visual of the theme which I found very clever and helpful. The plot, or the two main changes in the main character Josh’s life are his brother spending more time with his girlfriend instead of Josh and his dad’s health failing. The first situation provided enough humor to allow the reader to momentarily forget about the stress of the other situation so that when it did come up, the horror of his dad’s sickness would be made very clear and Josh would become connectable with the reader. The one part that I did not find to be necessary and that actually drew away from the book was the death in the end. Of course, it did illustrate the theme nicely however I felt that the theme would have been fine without this unneeded catastrophe. Overall, there are a few other books that I found to be more distinguished than this one, but I would definitely agree that Crossover is a unique and well done novel that would be enjoyed greatly by elementary and middle school girls and boys.

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