Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Crossover

I've been trying to track down Kwame Alexander's The Crossover since last year, and managed to get my hands on it days before it won the 2015 Newbery Medal. As a fan of novels in verse, I couldn't be happier.

JB and Josh are the twin sons of a retired basketball superstar. They are fairly interchangeable at the start of the book: popular, talented, and funny. Then JB gets a girlfriend and Josh is hurt by that, and their differences come to the surface.

With a tearjerking ending, this book will appeal to so many different readers. I have boys who will read any basketball book, the kids who like novels in verse because they are quick reads, the readers who want the "hot titles." The Crossover is good for all of them. I am so happy that it won THE major award, another point for the We Need Diverse Books movement.

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