The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is the most recent winner of the Newbery Medal, which is awarded yearly to the best children’s chapter book. I honestly was not very excited to read this book because it is written in verse (think poetry), which is not my favorite format, and the story revolves around basketball (not my favorite topic). But I gave it a try, and I have to admit the Newbery committee got it right with this book. It is phenomenal. I literally couldn’t put it down and finished it in one sitting. This is one of those books that is so well written that you want to go back and reread parts out loud (at least, I did).
The story centers on Josh, a middle school student and basketball fanatic with a twin brother who shares his passion for sports. His mother is the assistant principal at his school, and his father is a former professional basketball player. When Josh’s twin brother turns his attention to a new girlfriend, everything starts to fall apart for Josh. I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll just tell you that The Crossover is a powerful and emotional story.
Who should read this book?
Best for students in grades five and up, I would recommend this book to both boys and girls, basketball fans and the un-athletic (like me).
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