Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover. Houghton, 2014. 237p. $16.99. 978-0-544-10771-7. OUTSTANDING. GRADES 5-10.
Josh and Jordan Bell are kings of the court headed for the championship. Seventh grade twins, theyhave been taught the game by their father, Chuck “Da Man” Bell, who played pro ball in Europe. But Josh’s bright future starts to unravel when his brother gets a girlfriend, and Josh’s loneliness turns to anger. Told in free verse and concrete poetry from Josh’s perspective, this fast-paced novel about an African American teen and his strong family touches on tragedy, talent, passion, and the hard work of growing up. Alexander has successfully crafted an energetic novel with a love of basketball at its center that will satisfy readers who love action and introspection.
Melissa McAvoy, Live Oak Sch