Rebound

Rebound

by Kwame Alexander

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Overview


New York Times bestseller ∙ ALA Notable Book
 
* "An eminently satisfying story of family, recovery, and growing into manhood."Kirkusstarred review

From the New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander comes Rebound, a dynamic novel in verse and companion to his Newbery Award-winner, The Crossover, illustrated with striking graphic novel panels.

Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshiping, basketball star his sons look up to.   

A novel in verse with all the impact and rhythm readers have come to expect from Kwame Alexander, Rebound will go back in time to visit the childhood of Chuck "Da Man" Bell during one pivotal summer when young Charlie is sent to stay with his grandparents where he discovers basketball and learns more about his family's past.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544868137
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 04/02/2018
Series: Kwame Alexander's Crossover Series
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 13,940
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author


Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times best-selling author of 21 books, including Booked and The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award Honor. He lives with his family in Virginia. Visit Kwame at www.kwamealexander.com, on Twitter at @kwamealexander, and on Instagram at @kwamealexander. 

Read an Excerpt

May 28, 1988

The game is on
at the park.
The stars are out.
It’s close to dark.
Hoop Kings
SOARing
         in the SKY
         so high
         so fly
like they Got Wings
(it’s like the blacktop
is a boxSPRING)
Hey, Charlie, you see what he did with that THING!
my best friend, Skinny, yells
T
   W
       I
          R
              L
                  I
                     N
                         G andWHIRLINGthe ball
                  so sweet
it’s like a bee s t i n g
(Ouch!)
He just Swished
in your Face.
Stung you like
a can of mace
These boys so fly
they’re outta SPACE!

C’mon, Charlie, I got next. Let’s hoop, Skinny says,
jumping up from the sidewalk.
Nah, I gotta get home for dinner, I lie.

I used to play H.O.R.S.E.

against my father, and sometimes I
won, but when I tried playing on
a team, I’d get too nervous
to shoot, too scared of the
ball (like the time I
missed a pass and
got hit up-
side the
head).

Sometimes, I wish

I was a superhero,
superfly
like Quicksilver
speed-racing
down the court
sleek as a sports car
faster than NASCAR,
leaving all my sadness
in the dust—far,
far away
from now.

Wish I could soar
score
throw down
a monster dunk
like I was Thor.

Wish I could elevate
my name
with game so good
it’s hall of fame!

Wish I could forget
all the pain.

Yeah, that’s what I wish . . .

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