The Crossover
"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 dread-locked, 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.

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.

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The Crossover Reviews

  • Julie Peffley
    Oct 6, 2016

    Julie Peffley

    If only I could give more than 5 stars...beautifully written! ...

  • Stephanie  Weatherly
    Oct 4, 2016

    Stephanie Weatherly

    Definitely a book that I will recommend to my middle school students. I loved the format of the book, and the relationships that formed between characters. While the book had basketball weaved in, it wasn't overwhelming or all about the sport. Quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...

  • Rincey
    Aug 4, 2016


    I listened to this one on audiobook, which was a great way to experience this book since it is written in verse. ...

  • Beth
    Jul 20, 2016


    The rhythm, pacing, and heart of this novel in verse makes it probably the best I've ever read of this format. It's one of those books I am kicking myself for not having read sooner. Would be a good book for a middle school class read aloud. ...

  • Wamecca Rodriguez
    Jun 30, 2016

    Wamecca Rodriguez

    I loved the story, the poetic words and the powerful emotion of this story. Fantastic read for basketball fans and non fans alike. ...

  • Ken
    May 7, 2016


    This winsome novel in verse should appeal to reluctant-reading boys in a big way. Kwame Alexander mixes up the stanzas and styles, giving us the Bell family -- patriarch and ex-hoops great Chuck "Da Man" Bell, his wife Crystal (also a middle school principal), and his twin sons, Jordan...

  • Josiah
    Apr 19, 2016


    A sports novel winning the John Newbery Medal? Not just a sports novel, but one filled with contemporary cultural references without explanation, assuming readers will know what they're about because the references are common knowledge? It would seem Kwame Alexander's The Crossover ha...

  • Philip
    Feb 29, 2016


    True story: this was our last pick for book club - to be followed by Infinite Jest. Seriously. And I'm not sure what to make of that.As I've mentioned in basically every book-club-book review, I generally enjoy books more after discussing them. And this book was no exception. I liked i...

  • Jubilation Lee
    Feb 26, 2016

    Jubilation Lee

    This Is How I Sell Books To Middle SchoolersMe: Okay you guys! The Crossover is about a middle school basketball player. And there are three things that make it completely amazing! Sixth-graders: {dubious staring}Me: Number one! This book just won a super big award, so it'll impress yo...

  • Jodi Meadows
    Feb 6, 2016

    Jodi Meadows

    I don't usually pick up books about basketball, or books in verse, but I saw Kwame speak at the Virginia Festival of the Book in 2015 and had to have THE CROSSOVER. Having read it at last, I can see why the cover is filled with awards. What an incredible book. I loved the characters, t...