Friday, January 22, 2016
Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Don't ask me where I picked this book up because I have no idea. It was in my TBR pile and last week when I was looking for a book to read, this is the one that stood out for me. I LOVED this book- I loved that it was told through poetry, but also that it was a story of a grade 7 boy playing basketball told in poetry!
Crossover is the story of twin brothers, Josh and Jordan Bell. They are the children of a former basketball star and they have game. They are the star players on their school team and they eat, sleep and dream basketball. That is until a girl comes along and suddenly things start to change for the brothers.
As the boys adapt to new feelings and changes at home, they use basketball as a way to work through their thoughts and feelings.
The story is told from Josh's perspective and he is such an interesting character. At the start it is all about basketball, but as the story goes on, you start to realize he has deeper feelings and his writing changes as the story progresses. Both Josh and Jordan are dealing with both normal things all kids deal with, but with the added pressure of their father's dreams for them as well.
I can't wait to share this with some of the boys from my class last year. The fact that the story is told through poetry opens up so many discussion opportunities as well making it a quick read, which is appealing to many boys.