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Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2016
Once again, Kwame Alexander has outdone himself with his wonderful use of words and unique poetry style, to write a book about the coming of age of an eighth grade boy. Nick Hall, the main character, hates words. This avid soccer fan and player, is the son of a University Professor that has written a dictionary of unusual words. Nick is pushed by his father study daily from his dictionary. Nick's mother is a horse trainer who has been forced to move to the University city where she can no longer work. As the family stress mounts, Nick finds relief from words and family with his soccer pal, Coby, and his budding crush on the girl of his dreams, April. In spite of his hate of words, Nick's superior vocabulary and tendency for humor are constantly drawing him into hilarious episodes with teachers and setting him up for confrontations with the school bullies. As Nick's world becomes more complicated, he learns that words and books can be an outlet for stress and bullies, and lead to friendships and acceptance in unexpected ways
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