The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Just listen to 12-year-old Josh Bell:
“With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering.” That’s right, this ode to basketball is written all in verse by the protagonist. Clearly, Josh (aka Filthy McNasty) is a poet with a ear for a beat in both words and music as well as an athlete. As the story of Josh and his twin brother Jordan unfolds, we see the struggles of adolescence and family change in a compelling voice. And it’s a winner:
2015 Newbery Medal Winner
2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner
Recommended for middle school and older.