The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
This new book combines sports excitement with a story told in free verse poetry and will be a slam dunk for readers who like either of those two genres. Josh and Jordan are twins who can rip up the b-ball court, and have always been close. When Jordan starts dating a girl they call “Miss Sweet Tea,” Josh feels left out the the boys’ closeness begins to fade into memory. Josh is also a rap artist and starts cultivating his skills there. “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.”
What I think readers will like about this book is the realistic, fast-paced sports action. The family interaction feels authentic, with dad being a former pro basketball player and mom and assistant principal. The book also goes super quickly since it’s written in free verse, making it the perfect choice for that last minute book project. I would recommend this to sports fans and readers who enjoy family drama.