What I liked best:
Josh and J.B are realistic characters who face challenges on and off the court While the book centers around basketball, you don't have to be a basketball or sports fan to love this book. Their story line is engaging. Crossover is a hard book to put down. Even the most reluctant readers were hooked from page one and were running to bookshelves to grab Booked. Kwame Alexander's word play is addictive and even I couldn't wait to get my hands on more of his writing.
This book is a fabulous read for sports fans and anyone who loves a good story. Even if you don't think of yourself as a "poetry person", give this book a shot. I bet you won't be able to put it down. As a teacher, I have seen even the most reluctant reader devour this book wanting more. If you ever get the chance to hear Kwame Alexander read his writing aloud- definetely take a listen.
Read it in one sitting
Josh is serious. About basketball. About family. About his hair. He's a 12 year-old basketball star, son of an international sports icon, and in a constant friendly competition with his twin brother, Jordan. But Josh's life isn't all swish and net. He gets nervous before games. His dad won't go to the doctor. His brother is suddenly ignoring him for a girl.
When Josh loses a bet with his brother he ends up losing more than a few dread-locks. He loses his vision and his confidence. Josh has to find a way back to his brother's side while managing the stress from his mom and dad's fights and the pressure of the upcoming basketball tournaments.
Told in striking verse, THE CROSSOVER never gets boring. Let's be honest, here: I don't like sports. I don't play sports, I don't like watching sports, I don't talk about sports, and I know almost nothing. About. Sports. But that didn't stop me from reading this entire book in one sitting. I was hooked. I was a rough, orange ball spinning around on Josh Bell's fingertip, following his every move. I couldn't stop reading. The prose is twisty, windy, rhythmic and addicting. It mirrors Josh's thoughts, his frame of mind, his emotions and needs and it's like a rollercoaster that you don't want to get off.
There wasn't anything I wanted more from this book. It was a great story, told in a perfect way, and it ended with just the right amount of drama and emotion. I would highly recommend THE CROSSOVER to any and all sports fans, to middle grade students looking for a fast read, and to those looking for something new and interesting that's outside of your comfort zone.