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The crossover

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2014
Fourteen-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.
Mack, W. C., 1972- — These authors' works are Attention-grabbing and Character-driven, and they share: the genres 'Basketball stories' and 'Realistic fiction' and the subjects 'Twin brothers' and 'Schools'.
Wallace, Rich — These authors' works are Attention-grabbing and Character-driven, and they share: the genres 'Basketball stories' and 'Realistic fiction' and the subject 'Boy basketball players'.
Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills) — These authors' works are Moving, Emotionally intense, and Attention-grabbing, and they share: the genre 'Realistic fiction' and the subjects 'African Americans' and 'Schools'.
Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014 — These authors' works are Moving, Attention-grabbing, and Character-driven, and they share: the genre 'Realistic fiction' and the subject 'African Americans'.
Woods, Brenda (Brenda A.) — These authors' works are Moving and Character-driven, and they share: the genre 'Realistic fiction' and the subject 'African Americans'.
Reynolds, Jason — These authors' works are Emotionally intense and Character-driven, and they share: the genre 'Realistic fiction' and the subjects 'African Americans' and 'Schools'.
Mathis, Sharon Bell — These authors' works are Moving, and they share: the genre 'Realistic fiction' and the subject 'African Americans'.
Lupica, Mike — These authors' works are Character-driven, and they share: the genre 'Basketball stories' and the subjects 'Boy basketball players' and 'Schools'.
Booth, Coe — These authors' works are Character-driven, and they share: the genre 'Realistic fiction' and the subject 'African Americans'.
Hirschfeld, Robert, 1942- — These authors' works are Emotionally intense, and they share: the genres 'Basketball stories' and 'Realistic fiction' and the subject 'Boy basketball players'.
Stoudemire, Amar'e — These authors' works are Attention-grabbing, and they share: the genre 'Basketball stories' and the subject 'Boy basketball players'.
Mantell, Paul — These authors' works share: the genres 'Basketball stories' and 'Realistic fiction' and the subject 'Boy basketball players'.

Reader Reviews

Approval Rating: 40% (2/5)
Average Rating: 4.35

☆☆☆☆☆

By BklynKalliopiM on Wed, 04 Feb 2015 12:53:48

This book will be an all-time favorite that I refer back to again and again for recommendations. A story written in verse, Alexander flawlessly portrays two teen boys as they journey through middle school, basketball championships, and family hardship. Authentic, dynamic characters make this book a cut above rest. A must read for all the right reasons.

★★★★★ Wow

By Patron173828 on Sun, 13 Aug 2017 21:26:52

I was certainly surprised at how much I loved this book. I am not a sports fan so I was reluctant to read this book, but I am reading through the Newbery Medal list so I had to give it a good. Basketball is just a vehicle the author uses to delve into a teenager's mind. It shows real relationship development and true family experiences. It's not all roses... it's real life. I was moved and experienced a range of emotions. Fantastic. The language flowed wonderfully and the use of poetic devices was incredibly effective. It was both visually and linguistically pleasing. I would definitely recommend this to adolescents and teachers of adolescents.

★★★★★ THE BEST CROSSOVER

By dustin b 7-1 on Thu, 11 May 2017 09:04:41

The book I read was The Crossover it is a really good book it’s about basketball it is an amazing book it talks about how these two twin brothers are racing to see who is the best basketball player the reason why they are doing this race so they can get there dads ring which they get so they can be called the, Da Man. I gave this book and a five star and it deserves a five because it is amazing. This book is realistic fiction and is award winning book. I like this book because it talks a lot about basketball and I am a really good basketball player in the book it says Jordan and Jb can hit a lot of threes and I can hit a lot of threes I had missed six games and still had 24 points all threes except one missed layup foul and I missed one free throw and made one and I was pumped. The place they are is on a court and right know I could really be in the gym shooting free throws. If you like basketball this is the perfect book at first I was like no I don’t want to read this and Ms.B told me read it is really good it is about basketball and I was like no way it is not and she just smiled and said yes Dustin it is a basketball book and I’m like yessssssss. This book can go for a really big fat FIVE/5 it is so amazing it is boss. GO FOR 5.

★★★★★ Outstanding Book!

By LandynP7-3 on Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:47:07

This Book called “the crossover” by Kwame Alexander is a tremendous book . The suspense in the book builds with each move. Most of the book is in a poem-like writing format which is really interesting and fun. I love this book and could read it a million times over. Josh is very expressive of how he feels throughout the book. Chuck is josh’s dad and is always bothered by heart problems. JB is less of a basketball fanatic and only really cares about his girlfriend. Josh’s mom always worries about his and his brothers health so she gives them healthy food choices.This book is great and I would recommend it to anyone who loves the sport of basketball.

★★★★☆ High appeal

By Westerville Library Staff on Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:24:04

Rap + sports + family + girl drama + fast read = high appeal. - Becky, Youth Services

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