The Crossover

The Crossover

Book - 2014
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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: 9780544107717
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ale
Characteristics: 237 pages ; 22 cm


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Two basketball-playing brothers are faced with many challenges as their father's health worsens. Written in free verse poetry.

"The Crossover combines my two first loves, basketball and poetry. I love the way Kwame breaks the book down into smaller poems, makes it less threatening to reluctant readers." Also available on audio to download and as an eBook.

Twin brothers are hot shots on the basketball court, handling highs and lows off and on court. Then their father's health takes a turn for the worse. A novel in verse.

Josh and Jordan thought they’d always have each other--after all, they ARE twins. But tensions between them soar as they mature and deal with the game, girls, and their Dad’s declining health.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

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 br... Read More »

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archreads Jul 18, 2017

This 2015 Newberry Medalist combines poetry with prose. It tells the story of two 13 year old twin brothers dealing with family relationships, their love of basketball and growing up. It is a wonderful read and would appeal to middle school readers as well as reluctant readers.

Jun 26, 2017

Written in free verse, this great book talks about a pair of twins who are kings of the basketball court. A fast paced novel, not only a basketball one, but also a story about love, family and loss. Great book!

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Apr 15, 2017

What a unique book! The story follows twin brothers who are both basketball players. At first the book is seemingly about basketball, but the complicated family dynamics drive the book. There are many different dynamics at work: the twins drift apart, their father tries to turn each brother into a basketball star like he was, their father and mother argue repeatedly about his health. This is an amazing and moving book.

kathleen_DCL Mar 14, 2017

Perfectly written story of twin brothers dealing with school, basketball, girls and the importance of family.

Dec 17, 2016

Honestly if I had to pick a book that I had to read one hundred times I would pick this book because it is ver inspirational and has a really good story

Brilliant and full of heart. Alexander uses sports not just as a plot device, but as a metaphor to explore growing up, family, grief, and learning to understand and express one's feelings.

Jul 03, 2016

I love this book. It has great poetry, relatable life problems and passion for basketball.

Jun 20, 2016

This book is like real life. Freshmen that play basketball and go to school.

Apr 23, 2016

Incredible book. Great story, wonderful characters and absolutely incredible use of language. This is a fast, high interest and totally engaging read. It is suitable for anyone at any age (and you really don't need to be a BB fan to enjoy it) but it would also be a great choice for a boy who happens to be a reluctant reader. It would also make a great read-aloud at home or in a classroom.

PimaLib_SarahB Feb 01, 2016

This is an amazing book! Awesome poetry - it brings the story and characters to life.

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LibraryK8 Jun 24, 2014

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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JCLChrisK Mar 19, 2015

[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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