The Crossover

The Crossover

by Kwame Alexander
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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

2015 Newbery Medal Winner
2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner
New York Times Bestseller 

"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," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander.

   Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544289598
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/18/2014
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 32,371
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kwame Alexander is a poet, children's book author, playwright, producer, public speaker and performer. He conducts creative writing workshops in middle and high schools, often reaching more than 500 students monthly. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the Washington, D.C. area. Visit his website at
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 for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. Kwame writes for children of all ages. His other works include Surf's Up, a picture book, Crush: Love Poems for Teenagers, and He Said She Said, a YA novel. He lives with his family in Virginia. Visit Kwame at, on Twitter at @kwamealexander, and on Instagram at @kwamealexander. 

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The Crossover 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book very enjoyable to readgreat writing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book(:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book id boss and whoever likes basketball will realy enjoy this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was informative, and relatable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book
Anonymous 6 months ago
It is good but some parts are not
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Fritz409 More than 1 year ago
This book is about Josh and JB, twin brothers who love basketball. Their lives are filled with the sport and their father, who was a professional basketball player. Strife and worry rear their ugly heads, and Josh, the narrator, reacts to the situations like any junior high young man would do. What makes this book unique - and powerful in turn - is that it's written in verse. I had heard the author speak on "Weekend Edition" on NPR, and he intrigued me. I'm glad that I picked up this book. I'll definitely be recommending it to the YA readers in my life. It's a great book to help them appreciate the stories, emotions and life lessons that poems can give to us.
damonte More than 1 year ago
filthy mc nasty is a cool kid and his brother too josh bell there is a lot of action is this book thats why i like it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No wonder it won the newberry medal!!!!!!! THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Intresting. Not something that you would see in most books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Um no im rp ing with nick
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book a lot it makes me feel happy everytime i read this book.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Like father, like son. Filthy is more like his father, than I think he saw himself to be. His father lived and breathed the game of basketball, his wife and family came before the sport but that was about the extent of the items that exceeded his fascination with the game. Being a basketball legend, his father led his twin boys into the court at a small age and disciplined them so that their love for the sport extended into their veins. He is their biggest fan, believing in them and pushing them to be successful. Their mother was not far behind in her love of the game and their children but it was the boys in the family who were consumed by the court, the sweat, the bouncing of the ball and the adrenaline of the game. Filthy McNasty and his twin brother J.B. were both stars on the court; both thirteen and each of them carrying a different talent onto the court making them a valuable asset to their team. Filthy is more devoted to the game though; he’s consumed by it just like his father was. Both individuals so devoted and so blind, like father, like son. J.B’s eyes begin to shift to the likings of Ms. Sweet Tea for his attention to basketball has now been diverted. J.B. realizes there is more to life than basketball and Ms. Sweet Tea starts to play an important role in his daily life. Tension starts to creep into the novel as I listened to it, slowly this shift occurs. J.B. has started to move his attention away from basketball, leaving Filthy alone for once in his life and the anger, frustration and let down you can feel in the language and the power of Filthy’s words. Filthy is not used to being alone, he’s not used to having to share his brother and this change is not welcomed. Dad’s health is deteriorating and why is all of this happening now? Mom’s the anchor in the family, her words are strong and she holds nothing back. She wants the world for them but she knows that they must do it for themselves. I think one of my favorite parts of this novel was the conversation between Filthy and his father in the hospital. Their question conversation where not one single answer is spoken was superb. The rapid fire questions, fired back-n-forth at each other, let you into the minds of these individuals and what they were really thinking. What a wonderful conversation tool, it really spoke volumes and cleared the air. I wasn’t too impressed with the ending, I don’t know what I would have done differently as an author, I just know as a reader, it didn’t settle right with me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a very stange book and is written very differnet woukd like someone to write a reveiw befre i buy it if i buy it which wint happen cause THIS BOOK SUCKS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will be entering high school this fall and i enjoyed this summer read.
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Oh but hell never know plzzzzz
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a fourth grader and is a high leveled reader. I enjoy heroes of olympus and percy jackson. Please respond. I also love basketball
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a fourth grader too and all the boys in my class and girls have read this before and it is good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand and post this on three other books an an iphone five wio
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