By Kwame Alexander
Crossover surprised and delighted me! I was expecting a story about basketball but opened the book to find a collection of verse which told the story about a family who loved the game. I read it in one sitting.
Josh Bell and his twin brother, JB, played basketball together since they were two. Their father, a basketball giant in his own time, passed on the love of the game as well as a great deal of talent. Josh tells the story of a significant year for his entire family—young love, championships, dreams, and heartache fill the pages. I laughed and I cried.
Well done, Kwame Alexander. I highly recommend this Newberry Award winner for all middle and high school students (and their parents). It’s a story which could lead to several impactful conversations about issues adolescents deal with—conflict resolution, relationships, fear, etc.
My only criticism is that Alexander didn’t provide any spiritual element of hope for those suffering loss.
Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co., 2014.