Thursday, March 21, 2019

Review of The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Read for: Borrowed Books, Audio Books & Middle Grade March

Synopsis: "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.

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."

My Review: I was on a hunt for a Middle Grade book in verse and came across this one, it seemed to really fit my mood right now with March Madness starting up and Munchkin learning basketball at school. I really enjoyed this book and loved the family dynamics in it, the good and the bad. I like how a shared passion knit the family together and moved them all forward. I think that it would be great for the target audience to hear the similar struggles with talent, popularity, girls/boys, etc. I listened to an audio book and really loved the rhythm of the verse too, it seemed to alternate between a clear verse as well as regular narration which really kept the story moving.

My Rating: I really enjoyed, more so than I even expected.  I loved how prominent the family was, even with the basketball theme throughout. With the verse writing it made for a quick read, and would be great for reluctant, sports oriented middle grade boys. I give it a rating of Four Paws.

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