2015 Newbery Medal Winner
2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner
"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 dreadlocked 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 from Kwame Alexander.
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.
"This novel in verse is rich in character and relationships…. Poet Alexander deftly reveals the power of the format to pack an emotional punch." (Kirkus, starred review)
"The poems dodge and weave with the speed of a point guard driving for the basket, mixing basketball action with vocabulary-themed poems, newspaper clippings, and Josh's sincere first-person accounts that swing from moments of swagger-worth triumph to profound pain." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
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Every 10 to 100 year old forever young should hear it.
Kwame Alexander tells a timeless story and captures a new audience using an unlikely format--poetry. In fact, it is Alexander's genius use of multiple poetic styles that makes what could have been a ho-hum plot line a riveting and personal encounter with a family dealing with modern day issues: coming-of-age, family health, and trust. This book leaves you wishing for more of everything it offers.
- M. W. Schwartz