Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover. NY: Houghton Mifflin, c2014. 237 pages. Newbery Medal winner for 2015.
Josh Bell and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. They play almost as one person until Jordan finds a girlfriend. Josh feels left out and when he takes it out on Jordan during a game, he is suspended for a few days and off the team. At the same time, he is worried about his dad, a former NBA star player.
Though the book appears to be poetry, it is really more of a tightly worded stream of consciousness. If you love basketball, you will probably love this book as Josh zooms around the basketball court making his moves and having his head in the game. It isn't just about basketball though, but also about making good choices, dealing with family situations and just growing up. Winner of multiple awards, the style and flow are refreshing and the story is powerful.
This book is recommended for grades 7 and up. Review by Mrs. Belknap