The CrossoverBook - 2014
From Library Staff
CRRLTeens Jan 10, 2017
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.
CRRLTeens Mar 18, 2016
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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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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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
then hit 'em
with the hard crossover.
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