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The Crossover
The Crossover | Kwame Alexander
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2015 Newbery Medal Winner 2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner "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 from Kwame Alexander (He Said, She Said 2013).    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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This RF novel written by Kwame Alexander is a 2015 Newbery Award and Coretta Scott King Award winner. This bold story is about two basketball playing brothers and their bond being tested in the midst of life experiences. The brothers ultimately renew their relationship and learn it‘s not always about the win.
Strategy: LC, IR
UDL-9.3: Students reflect on their relationships and decisions in life

gabbymartin EL-16: Integrate activities for each chapter that will increase comprehension. Website: https://www.ccsoh.us/cms/lib/OH01913306/Centricity/Domain/207/THE%20CROSSOVER%20... - an excellent resource with lesson plans, vocabulary lists, and rubrics for the book. (edited) 5d
MeganKlein I LOVED this book! I definitely ugly cried at the end. Also, great resource—I did not see this one when I was looking up resources for this text. 14h
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2015 Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award winner, The Crossover is a P novel written by Kwame Alexander. This book has won many awards beyond the ones mentioned, and rightfully so. Kwame Alexander tells the story about basketball-playing twins Josh and Jordan (JB) Bell and their lives on and off the court. These brothers learn many important life and basketball lessons from their father, Chuck “Da Man” Bell. The boys (cont.) #ucflae3414su19

MeganKlein also face the many highs and lows that life has to offer, as well as the many changes that adolescents in middle school encounter. I would use this book either in a LC or for IR. In a LC, students have the opportunity to discuss the novel and gain insight into the perspectives of others. This book is written in verse and it tells the story in a way that is very different from most novels. Students can learn a lot about poetry from this book, 1w
MeganKlein and I would even have students read several pages aloud because some of the lines flow really well (almost like a rap). Students in grades 5-7 would love this book! UDL strategy 3.2 aligns with this text and teachers should highlight big ideas and relationships in this book. There are a lot of dynamic relationships that can be explored within this text. ESOL strategy 36 (ask numerous questions that lead to higher level thinking responses) should 1w
MeganKlein be implemented when teaching this book, so that way students are making meaning with the text. This educator‘s guide would be perfect to introduce poetry to students, and there are some really neat ideas that teachers can have students do in the classroom that relate to this text. https://www.state.lib.la.us/files/LYRC/TheCrossover_BG.pdf 1w
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First day of summer vacation is on!

Gissy Yes!!!🙌 1mo
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Victoriahoperose
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I really liked this poetic and metaphorical book that used sports and family to tell a really tough, but engaging story. I found this to be very well written and executed.

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Miadolce
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“A loss is inevitable, like snow in winter. These champions learn to dance through the storm.”

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Miadolce
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Very sad and devastating book, while being uplifting and hopeful at the same time.

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Miadolce
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This is a story about twin brothers who have to come to terms with growing up outside of basketball, the sport they both love. This book uses poetry and prose to construct the narrative, and is great for middle school students.

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Kwame Alexander's tour bus at Whole Foods. I had forgotten he was in town tonight. (I unfortunately didn't get tickets.)

valeriegeary He. Has. A. Tour. Bus. 😮 3mo
silentrequiem @valeriegeary I know, right??? It's bigger than most bands' tour buses. 3mo
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Ms.Bursey
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Listen this realistic fiction book titled The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is hot 🥵. I loved how relatable the story is. In the book you meet two boys both brothers who play basketball. On the surface it looks so simple, but in fact is way more complex than its plain look. The Crossover has been awarded the Newbery honor medal and the Coretta Scott King award. I particularly love this book as a LC book. Where students can discuss amongst each

Ms.Bursey other parts of the book the enjoyed or didn‘t enjoy so much. The UDL principle that would align is 3.2 and the ESOL STRATEGY is 2. Promote cooperation (small groups). https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/crossover-the-by-kwame-alexander/ 3mo
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C.Austin @Ms.Bursey I loved The Crossover and I can‘t wait to read Rebound! Great resource! 3mo
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LaGasseSam1996
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The Crossover is a P book written by Kwame Alexander. This book has won the Newberry as well as the Coretta Scott King Award. I think this book would make an excellent LC book. I think students would enjoy the book and would be an excellent way for students to get excited for poetry. #LAE3414sp19

LaGasseSam1996 UDL 8.3 would work well with this book especially in a literature circle setting. The student would be able to talk with one another about the book. They would have someone to talk about everything they liked or didn‘t within the book creating a since of community among the group. 3mo
LaGasseSam1996 ESOL strategy 2 corresponds with the UDL principal talked about above. Students would be reading the book in a group. You could pair the ESOL student with another member of the group and have them read together 3mo
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http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/compiling-poetry-... this lesson plan from readwritethink has students writing their own poems and then going around the classroom to find different examples of poetry. I think for students reading this book, its important for them to know this is not the only form of poetry and this lesson plan would allow them to build on that
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DrSpalding The way this book is written, will entice intermediate grade students to enjoy poetry. 3mo
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Killianfig
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2015 Newbery and Coretta Scott King Award winning young adult Realisitc Fiction (RF) novel “Crossover,” by Kwame Alexander is an intriguing story of the struggles of a young high school basketball star, uniquely written through a combination of prose and freestyle poetry.

Killianfig The use of poetic elements can be emphasized through UDL teaching strategies 2.1, 2.3, and 2.2 as they focus on the varying symbolism, syntax, and vocabulary conveyed in the text. ESOL strategies 6 and 14 can also be helpful when working with poetry like this as its comprehension is vital to understanding the story. 3mo
Killianfig Due to the fact that this book is a young adult novel rather than a picture book, excersises that focus on group or independent research and reading such as Independent Reading (IR) and Author Study (AS) would be very useful when exploring this text. Group Readings (GR), Read Alouds (RA) and Literature Circles (LC) can also be excised with this book as they allow for group discussion on the themes and topics discussed in the novel. 3mo
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Edenmonet
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The Crossover (P), a John Newbery Medal Winner and Coretta Scott King Award Honor book, by Kwame Alexander would be a great book to do an Author's Study (AS) with. A teacher can have the class complete an assignment where they research the author and make a Piktochart. The Crossover is written in verse and follows the up and downs of Josh and Jordan Bell, who play basketball.

Edenmonet Students can read this book during an English unit on Poems and can figure out what type of poems the book has. This would be a good lesson plan https://www.state.lib.la.us/files/LYRC/TheCrossover_BG.pdf. The UDL principle would be 2.2, clarifying syntax and structure. The EL strategy would be 11, placing language in meaningful context. #LAE3414SP19 (edited) 3mo
Mmw2478 This is a great book. I like your suggestion for creating a Piktochart. (edited) 3mo
DrSpalding We have spoken at length about this powerful book. I know you are proud of this post and the wonderful resource you have attached. Nice peer feedback. 3mo
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Madimccrady22
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“Identical twins are no different from everyone else, except we look and sometimes sound exactly alike.”

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This is a good book that might help boys who don‘t like to read, get them inspired to read.

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The crossover by Kwame Alexander is a realistic fiction book that was published in 2014. This is a story about Josh Bell that is a good basketball player and also can rap pretty well. Josh has a father and a brother that have helped Josh to become a well known basketball player. His brother Jordan gets a girlfriend and they start to grow apart from one another and Josh is taking it hard.

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alexandracarpenter
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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is a Newbery and Correta Scott King award winning P book that would be great for an LC. This book is a story about basketball, but it is also a gut-wrenching story about family and about coming of age. You can find more resources at www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/crossover-the-by-kwame-alexander #LAE3414sp19

alexandracarpenter I think this book goes well with UDL 1.1 - offer ways of customizing the display of information. The way the poetry is written with varying sizes of words and spacing makes this book unique! 3mo
alexandracarpenter I would also use ESOL strategy 5 - teach technical vocaublary, since an EL might not know many of the specific basketball terms (example, crossover) before reading this book. 3mo
taywise393 I have not read this book yet but it is definitely in my “to read” pile! Thank you for sharing the interactive resources link! It makes me so excited to read it :) 3mo
Mmw2478 I loved this book and have 2 of his others that I plan to read soon. 3mo
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ha_kaye
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🏀First of all, WOW! Kwame Alexander has a way with words and that is so evident in the Crossover. This P book would be on the top of my list to recommend to students who say they don‘t like poetry but listen to rap or have an interest in basketball. It won not only the Newbery Award in 2015 but also the Coretta Scott King Honor. The Crossover is about the life of Josh, an almost thirteen year old with a twin brother, JB. #LAE3414sp19

ha_kaye The two of the live and breath basketball but that‘s because their father was a former basketball superstar. As the story goes on, there are basketball rules which can be related to real life. The story brings up issues like grown up, family health problems, and death. I would recommend IR or LC when reading The Crossover, or doing an AS on Kwame Alexander. 3mo
ha_kaye The link is an educator‘s guide to The Crossover and could be used to facilitate conversation in the LC. https://www.scribd.com/document/213700130/Crossover-Discussion-Guide UDL principle 2.1 would work well with The Crossover since there might be basketball terminology that some might not understand. 3mo
ha_kaye EL strategy 23 coincides with that UDL principle since it is to structure advance organizers consisting for new terminology that learners will encounter. 3mo
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“True champions learn to dance through the storm.”

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Chapter book written like poems for each chapter. Tells the importance of learning that in life it‘s not always about winning. Great book for boys and children in general who love basketball

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Ariel8Smith
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2014, contemporary literature, John Newberry Medal. Story about basketball player Josh Bell. Has a twin brother Jordan who meets a new girl in school. Their bond and brotherhood begin to break. Their season and chemistry start to crumble and Josh is very focused on winning.

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I like how he pages are set up, not like other books. Makes it stick out to young readers!

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-contemporary realistic fiction
-won John Newbery medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
This book would be great for young boys and showing how these two boys are great on the court but have other talents as well

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kelseymccormick
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Winner of 2014 Newbery and Coretta Scott King Awards, The Cross Over (RF) is a wonderful novel for upper elementary (LC‘s). The story is structured through (P) about Josh and Jordan, average twin brothers who play basketball. Follow along with story as the brothers enter new phases of life and discover new things about themselves and their family. Although, grab some tissues the last few pages are hard to read! #LAE3414SP19

kelseymccormick https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/criss-cross/crossover-criss-cross This resource provides a crossword puzzle that students must fill out according to comprehension of the story. 4mo
kelseymccormick The Reading Is Fundamental website also provides other activities such as memory games with key vocabulary words which alights with UDL 2.1 Clarify vocabulary and symbols and ESOL #5 Teach technical vocabulary supporting key concepts. 4mo
Mmw2478 This is one of my favorite books that I have read for our class! Planning on reading some of his other‘s too. 4mo
Haleysantucci I have never read this book (I was skeptical because it is poetry) but your post makes me think I should read it!! Thanks for the crossword puzzle resource! 3mo
DrSpalding A high-quality book with a high-quality resource. 3mo
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I am so glad I picked The Crossover for my class reading this semester. It is an amazing RF book about two twin boys who absolutely love basketball. It also won the Newbury Medal and Coretta Scott King honor award(s). The Crossover highlights ESOL strategies 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 16, and UDL principles 9.2, 9.3, and 2.1.

karamank This book includes poetry, hip-hop, jazz, and so many life lessons. There is lots of new vocab words included in this novel. This book would be great in a 6-12th grade classroom. Students will fall in love with reading once they start this sweet and uniquely written novel. I would use this book in my classroom as a RA. I think it would be so exciting to read this book to my students. 4mo
karamank The expressions I could make with all the raps through out the book would be hysterical! I also think the students would really enjoy taking turns PR to their classmates. Some awesome resources for this story are located here: https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/crossover (edited) 4mo
Mmw2478 Students in the 5th grade really love this book, especially if you let them collaborate and do the beats on the desks with their pencils, which is typically annoying and not allowed, but makes it effective in this scenario. 4mo
DrSpalding I would love to see you rapping Katrina!❤️📚 3mo
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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (P, Newbery, and Coretta Scott King) was such an amazing novel to read. I think this would work best as a LC because students can really dive in and immerse themselves into the little details that this book holds. The style is unique, and I think students could benefit from talking in literature circles so that they are better able to comprehend the novel.

gnewman In addition, this book encompasses UDL Principles 7.2: Optimize individual choice and autonomy, 8.3: Foster collaboration and community, 6.1: Guide appropriate goal-setting, and 6.4: Enhance capacity for monitoring progress. This is also great for ESOL Strategies 1: Teach questioning for clarification and 2: Promote cooperation (small groups). 4mo
gnewman A teacher resource that corresponds to the book and related standards is https://www.teachervision.com/novels/crossover-educators-guide #LAE3414sp19 4mo
DrSpalding I agree that this book would make for an excellent literature circle. Knowing that you have read this as your independent LC choice, you will be able to discuss this next week. 4mo
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Currently reading 📖

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"I want to go to Duke, he flaunts Carolina Blue. If we didn't love each other, we'd HATE each other."

Once I read this line, I knew I'd be pulling for this character! #goduke

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Mmw2478
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The Crossover (P) by Newbery Award winner Kwame Alexander, a former NBA player. The author has a love for poetry that he wanted to share in hopes of getting more boys to read and love poetry. Centered around a story of twin boys who play on their Middle school basketball team, we learn of the tribulations and feelings these two boys go through together and separately on and off the court and with the death of their dad who was their biggest fan.

Mmw2478 Would be a great LC read or RA and covers ESOL strategies 3,4,and 36 encouraging self talk, linking students prior knowledge, and asking numerous questions regarding higher order thinking. #LAE3414sp19 (edited) 5mo
Mmw2478 UDL Principles 8.3 fostering collaboration and community, 3.1 activating or supplying background knowledge. https://www.teachervision.com/novels/crossover-educators-guide (edited) 5mo
DrSpalding Wonderful post! Helpful guide and I agree that this could be an excellent read aloud along with of course, a literature circle. 5mo
dayuso1 This sounds like a unique way to introduce students to modern poetry, and also make it relatable to students of all interests. Poetry doesn't have to just be for Valentine's Day! 4mo
Mmw2478 I love the poetry in this book because of the appealing style for young boys. I can easily see many ways to incorporate this book and the poems into my classroom. 4mo
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C.Austin
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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is RF novel about two twin brothers, told through P. Since the story is told through poems, the page structure is different. I believe with fewer words on each page, students will not feel overwhelmed and stay motivated to keep reading. #LAE3414SP19

C.Austin The Crossover is about two twin brothers who are exceptional basketball players, and is told through Josh‘s point of view. Josh learns it is hard growing up because things start to change. As the reader, you will feel the overwhelming emotions Josh feels both on and off the court because of these changes. This book would be a wonderful for IR, especially for your basketball guiros. 5mo
C.Austin Also included within the story, definitions of words with examples! This book is a great way to build students‘ vocabulary. Kwame Alexander was awarded the John Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Honor for this book. The Crossover will make you laugh, cry, and understand the true meaning of brotherhood! 5mo
C.Austin This resource is more for teachers than students. Kwame Alexander wrote writing workshop curriculum to help teachers guide their students from “Page to Stage.” In his writing workshop he shares the tools needed to draft, revise, edit, publish, and present students‘ work. With this curriculum kit, students can learn about the writing process and how to write their own stories from a real author! https://kwamealexander.com/about/teachers/c/92 5mo
C.Austin EL Strategy 3: Encourage self talk (positive thinking). UDL: 2.1 Clarify vocabulary and symbols. UDL: 3.2 Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships. 5mo
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I love verse novels. This one was particularly compelling with blow by blow description that can leave you breathless. I could not be further away from the headspace or a young basketball player but reading this novel I was there, and it made me care in all the right ways. This would be a great book for reluctant readers.

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Although I believe this would make a great read for younger teens, especially black boys, this was not for me. Laced with poetry throughout it was a bit jumpy to follow in audiobook format. I‘m sure print is the ideal medium for this. Nice for reluctant readers and filled with discussion worthy topics: sports, health, family/sibling relationships and more.

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Butterfinger I adore Kwame Alexander. I follow him on Facebook and he just seems so friendly and relatable. I want to meet him so badly. I agree. I think the text would be more easy to get. 5mo
Addison_Reads My nephew loves this book, so yes, if you have a reluctant reader try this one. He tried the audio, but he said he liked reading it better. 5mo
Tamra The printed format is good! 5mo
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ByChallaF
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I really enjoyed this book — high rec for all teenagers and young adults. If you like basketball or not you will enjoy these verses.

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Reading this with my 15 year old.
I love books written in verse.
"Never let anyone lower your goals."

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TheNextBook
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Finished this last night and loved it! It was so damn good. It was well developed in every area. I love that it was told in verse. This page really resonated with me. This whole book was just well done. It really focuses on family and the different trials that people go through and still remain a family.

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Started this yesterday and I am loving it. Told in verse so I‘m expecting to finish sometime tonight.

RaimeyGallant I got to see him speak a few years ago. :) 7mo
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Emily92Bibliophile
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Not sure why I have put off reading Kwame Alexander, but I am glad I finally read this one! Basketball and baseball were a family sport growing up ( mom college basketball ride & dad college baseball ride)& and I have similar memories of my parents teaching me the different skills in basketball. Beautiful story.

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I think this book was one of the best books ever. It was very ambitious and was a wonderful read. Highly recommend to any audience

Carter_Eakett That‘s a cool looking pig 8mo
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You can't tell, but Hank is in his A.I. jersey. I read this book in one sitting. It's heavier than I expected, but I get the hype.
First book finished in my #13in3 @Samplergal

Samplergal Woo hoo!!!! 8mo
OrangeMooseReads My son read this one recently. 8mo
crazyspine @OrangeMooseReads It's so good. Reading Rebound, the prequel now 8mo
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MrLocher
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Very touching tale of middle-school age twins who love basketball. Well told, often in rhyming verse, with twists and turns, friendships, personal struggles, and love. A very quick and enjoyable read, hard to forget.

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wingedsnails
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So I gotta admit, I‘ve never been a fan of basketball, so this book was not at the top of my TBR list even though I hear nothing but great things about it. The reviews are true, though, this story and the poems it‘s told in are awesome.

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27/52 - 🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀 instead of 🌟! This novel-in-verse story is great! I can‘t wait to buy lots of copes for my 6th graders to enjoy! I want the to read this and brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson!! So excited for the students and their teachers to get these gems!!!

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Tjackson
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Reading more young adult literature for my middle school programs. I love that it is poetry written by a man about basketball- great way to get boys to enjoy poetry!!!!!