Monday, June 16, 2014

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Crossover

This is a special book. Not just because it's well-written, inventive, creative, fun and serious all rolled into one, but special because my basketball-loving and basketball-playing daughter and I read it out loud together. And likely it will be the last book I can say that about because she's now fourteen years old and has read books aloud with me much longer than most kids would. So because this was our last read-aloud, The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is extra-special.

The premise: Thanks to their NBA-ability dad, Josh and his twin brother Jordan rule the basketball court, but when Jordan starts hanging with the new girl in school and Josh and Jordan's dad has some heart health issues, things unravel -- even on the court.

What I loved: So much. It's a novel in verse -- yes, that's right, a sports novel in verse. But it's a sports novel in verse that any reader can identify with because along with being about basektball, it's about brothers and family and second chances and living each moment. It's basketball. It's poetry. But you don't have to love either to love this novel.

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22 comments:

  1. A sports novel in verse? How unique! Glad this book can be something special shared between you and your daughter... :)

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  2. Interesting, I like novels in verse. Wish I could do it. I used to love reading books with my children, but it's been a while.

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  3. This really sounds intriguing! That's great that you and your daughter still read together. My 12-year-old still likes to read with us--hoping we can continue that for a few more years!

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  4. How interesting it's a sport book written in verse. And lucky you still read with your daughter. My daughter and I had to stop that by middle school and it felt like a natural change. She didn't have time and was reading more YA books.

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  5. Wow. This does sound interesting, and I am not a basketball person. Thanks for telling me about this one.

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  6. I am seriously intrigued! That sounds like a fascinating juxtaposition, and since I happen to like both elements reasonably well, I'm guessing it will have extra appeal. Thanks for the recommend, and happy MMGM!

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  7. I love it when you can read a book aloud to each other. This must have been a fun read for both of you.

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  8. Oh boy...this one sounds good! And so grows my MMGM list, finding some great reads to add to the list. Thanks! And I just happen to love sports novels and novels in verse so this is a...win win!

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  9. I can always count on you to find a very unique read. Thanks for the feature! :)

    ~Akoss

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  10. I so miss the reading aloud together moments, now I'm lucky if we've read the same book. This sounds very unique, I know someone who would enjoy this. Thanks for the review.

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  11. Reading books with your kid creates such special memories. Those books end up in a special place in their hearts too.

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    1. Even though we don't read them together my mom and I still talk over the phone and discuss the books we have in common. Which is a lot of them.

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  12. I hadn't heard of this one yet, and I always like hearing about new books! And the cover is spot on. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Sounds wonderful. Glad you and your daughter read it together!

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  14. That is truly unique! A sports novel in verse. wow.

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  15. That sounds like an awesome book! I'm with PK - wow! I like verse novels, and this is the second I've seen in the last week - adding to my TBR list. :)

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  16. Oh, and I love that you and your daughter have read aloud together. :) I did that with my girls too, just until last fall - it was hard to let that habit go for me, but they were ready.

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  17. My almost 13 year old still loves to take turns reading out loud with me... I hope it continues!

    I'm always surprised with novels in verse how easy they are to read. But I can't imagine how hard to write.

    I got the book you sent me, Chasing the Milky Way! Thank you so much! I will let you know my thoughts after reading it.

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  18. I still need to try a novel in verse. The idea kind of scares me, but it shouldn't, right? Silly me. I read Shakespeare.

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  19. I've never heard of a MG sport book in verse. This sounds like a great one.

    My kids quit reading out loud to me a long time ago. They never enjoyed it doing it. :( But at least they enjoyed it when I read to them.

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  20. This sounds really good. And unique!

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  21. I am so glad you got to read this one aloud with your daughter. I am sure that is bittersweet. Maybe now you can have a book club where you read the same book and discuss your thoughts, so you can still be connected through books. My mom and I still do this all the time and I love it. :)

    I think this sounds like a great book. I know the kids in my class this year seemed to really enjoy novels in verse- so I think this one would be a hit with them. Definitely sounds unique. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Stephanie

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