The Crossover

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: 0544107713
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ale
Characteristics: 237 pages ; 22 cm


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Basketball is a way of life for twins Josh and Jordan. But ego, romance, and their father's health is about complicate their relationship.

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Mar 19, 2015
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Basketball is the only thing that matters to Josh, Junior High MVP of his area and expected high school, college, and professional star. His dad was, after all, and he and his twin brother Jordan show the same promise. So basketball is his passion, his purpose, his predicted profession, particularly since the game is how he bonds with his dad and brother. Except now, in the middle of the seventh grade season, he seems to be losing his bond with them--seems to be losing them--each for different reasons. Suddenly Josh's love of basketball isn't so simple, and he may have to decide if the game comes first or his family.

Matching the on-court style of its narrator, The Crossover is a fast, fierce, hip-hop-poetry-slam of a book. Even though it grabs you with its flashiness and intensity, it still surprises you with the power of its sneaky bite, slipping past your defenses before you see it coming. This is a book with style, appeal, accessibility, substance, and depth.

Feb 05, 2015
  • Barberton_Public_Library rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Definitely deserving of the John Newbery Medal, this book is written in verse that will have you moving in your seat and silently reading to its beat. This is a basketball story, and if you didn't love the sport before you read it, you will by the end of the book. But even more you will love the twins and their family. This basketball story has grit, wisdom, honesty, betrayal, and redemption.

Feb 04, 2015
  • BklynKalliopiM rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book will be an all-time favorite that I refer back to again and again for recommendations. A story written in verse, Alexander flawlessly portrays two teen boys as they journey through middle school, basketball championships, and family hardship. Authentic, dynamic characters make this book a cut above rest. A must read for all the right reasons.

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.

Oct 27, 2014

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.

Oct 24, 2014

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Aug 04, 2014
  • CRRL_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+

Jun 13, 2014

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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Mar 19, 2015
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

[kraws-oh-ver] noun

A simple basketball move
in which a player dribbles
the ball quickly
from one hand
to the other.

As in: When done right,
a crossover can break
an opponent's ankles.

As in: Deron William's crossover
is nice, but Allen Iverson's crossover
was so deadly, he could've set up
his own podiatry practice.

As in: Dad taught me
how to give a soft cross first
to see if your opponent falls
for it,
then hit 'em
with the hard crossover.


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