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The Crossover (Graphic Novel) (The Crossover Series) Paperback – Illustrated, September 24, 2019
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New York Times Bestseller · Newbery Medal Winner · Coretta Scott King Honor Award · 2015 YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults · 2015 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers · Publishers Weekly Best Book · School Library Journal Best Book · KirkusReviews Best Book
“A beautifully measured novel of life and line.” —New York Times Book Review
The Crossover is now a graphic novel!
“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,” raps twelve-year-old Josh Bell. Thanks to their dad, he and his twin brother, Jordan, are kings on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood—he’s got mad beats, too, which help him find his rhythm when it’s all on the line.
See the Bell family in a whole new light through Dawud Anyabwile’s dynamic illustrations as the brothers’ winning season unfolds, and the world as they know it begins to change.
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|The Crossover||Booked||Rebound||The Playbook|
|Read All the Books in the Crossover Series||Twelve-year-old twins and basketball stars Josh and Jordan Bell must learn to deal with problems on and off the court as they navigate homework, first crushes, family and, of course, basketball.||Soccer, family, love, and friendship take the field as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.||The dynamic prequel to Kwame Alexander's Newbery Award–winning novel in verse, The Crossover.||You gotta know the rules to play the game. Ball is life. Take it to the hoop. Soar. An inspirational book full of poetry and inspiring lessons about the rules of life.|
|The Crossover Graphic Novel||Booked Graphic Novel||The Crossover Series Boxed Set|
|Kwame Alexander's The Crossover is vividly brought to life as a graphic novel with stunning illustrations by star talent Dawud Anyabwile.||An electric and heartfelt follow-up to Newbery Medal–winner The Crossover, from the dynamic team behind the graphic novel edition.||For the first time, the Crossover series, three explosive novels in verse about sports and family, is available in one paperback boxed set.|
★ "A fresh look at the Newbery Medal–winning book, still told in verse but now stunningly illustrated by Anyabwile....With lively poems that use basketball as a metaphor for life, this mix of free verse, hip-hop, and powerful artwork will resonate with fans of the original book and inspire a new audience of nascent players, artists, and poets."—School Library Journal, STARRED review
"An energetic and lively re-envisioning, this transformation of the original text into a combination of visuals, poetry, and changing font styles will be sure to engage young readers who are both familiar and unfamiliar with Alexander’s original work."—Booklist
"With confident strokes and choice details...the graphic version brings out the best in the original, as any good teammate should."—Publishers Weekly
"Alexander’s Newbery Medal–winning verse novel of the same name (rev. 5/14), about African American twins and middle-school b-ballers Josh and JB Bell, is an ideal choice for graphic-novel adaptation, with its on-court action, swaggering narrative voice, and poignant emotional pitches. The original novel’s success mingling accessible poetry with basketball, middle-school dynamics, and Black boyhood is reinforced by Anyabwile’s impressive visual interpretation. " —The Horn Book
About the Author
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times best-selling author of more than thirty-five books, including Rebound, the follow-up to his Newbery medal–winning middle grade novel, The Crossover. Some of his other works include Booked, which was longlisted for the National Book Award, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Help You Aim, Shoot, and Score in this Game of Life, Swing, and the picture books Out of Wonder and The Undefeated, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the Caldecott Medal, a Newbery Honor, and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.
He is a regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, currently serving as their poet ambassador.He lives with his family in the UK. Visit his website at www.kwamealexander.com or find him on Twitter and Instagram @kwamealexander.
- Publisher : Etch/Clarion Books; Illustrated edition (September 24, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1328575497
- ISBN-13 : 978-1328575494
- Reading age : 10 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : GN670L
- Grade level : 5 - 7
- Item Weight : 15.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.73 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This graphic novel version has the complete text, and I imagined it would help students understand the poetry a little better...but ultimately, I didn't like it. The layout is simply too busy, it become a bit confusing to read.