By Jessica Book Review: It seemed like a futile task until I came upon The Crossover.
Combining beautiful prose with poetry that jumps off the page, Alexander tells the story of twin thirteen year basketball players Jordan and Josh Bell in a manner that makes reading fun for middle grade kids.
Using basketball as a metaphor for life, Alexander imparts life lessons to adolescents in a non threatening way that has teachers reaching for his books. Josh is the better student, one inch taller, plays small forward, and aspires to go to Duke.
Jordan attempts to emulate his idol Air Jordan, plays shooting guard like his namesake, and yearns to go to North Carolina.
Both are all county players on their way to the big time. Their exploits on and off of the court are expressed through an emphatic onomatopoeia poetry that shows basketball as an art form. In addition to basketball, Alexander leads the Bells through teenage angst in the form of JB's new girlfriend Alexis, which leads to a rift between JB and Josh.
Both Bell parents impart vital life lessons to the twins, which are relayed to the reader in the form of basketball lessons and vocabulary words. Not only has Alexander made reading entertaining for young readers by invoking current stars, he has also succeeded in making an entertaining book educational.
Being an adult reader who loves sports, I read through this book in under an hour. The basketball as poetry in motion could be read out loud or in English classes, enabling teachers to encourage their students to write their own poetry.
As I am on an ongoing quest to find quality literature for my children, Alexander's books seem like winners both in sports and life. I will be looking for more of Kwame Alexander's books in the future.Twelve-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.
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Rick said: I am late in reviewing this, but oh my goodness, what an amazing book. Kwame Alexander giv /5(K). “The Crossover” is a young adult novel by Kwame Alexander that follows the life experiences of year-old basketball player Josh Bell across several months in the autumn and early winter of his seventh-grade year at Reggie Lewis Middle School.