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Kwame Alexander

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About the Author

Kwame Alexander is a poet, children's book author, playwright, producer, speaker, and performer. His books include And Then You Know: New and Selected Poems, Crush: Love Poems, Family Pictures: Poems and Photographs Celebrating Our Loved Ones, and Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band. He won the näytä lisää 2015 John Newbery Medal for his bestselling novel The Crossover. Since 2006, his Book-in-a-Day writing and publishing program has created more than 2500 student authors in 50 schools across the U.S., and in Canada and the Caribbean. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
Image credit: Author Kwame Alexander at the 2019 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas, United States. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83568330


Tekijän teokset

The Crossover (2014) 2,464 kappaletta
Booked (2016) 1,124 kappaletta
The Undefeated (2019) 810 kappaletta
Rebound (2018) 652 kappaletta
Solo (2017) 633 kappaletta
Swing (2018) 405 kappaletta
The Crossover: A Graphic Novel (2019) 312 kappaletta
Surf's Up (2016) 269 kappaletta
Becoming Muhammad Ali (2002) 260 kappaletta
How to Read a Book (2019) 252 kappaletta
The Door of No Return (2022) 183 kappaletta
He Said, She Said (2013) 165 kappaletta
An American Story (2023) 78 kappaletta
How to Write a Poem (2023) 62 kappaletta
Crush: Love Poems (2007) 31 kappaletta
Kupenda: Love Poems (2000) 10 kappaletta
360: A Revolution of Black Poets (1998) — Toimittaja; Avustaja — 9 kappaletta
Dancing Naked on the Floor (2005) 3 kappaletta
Gli invincibili 2 kappaletta
Solo Educator's Guide (2020) 1 kappale
Ab aufs Brett! (2016) 1 kappale

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Eh, a little cheesy with the “you got beat by a girrrllll!” jokes (at the same time, I’m in no way expecting the average middle school boy to be above that lol) and outdated slang “that was tight," BUT the emotional turmoil and the helplessness Nick feels is excellent.

The main character Nick feels like his whole life has been uprooted and left unbalanced when his parents lay a huge announcement on him. Soccer is one of the few things that centers him and provides joy to his now seemingly unstable life.

The parental drama will be very relatable for kids because Nick’s father is overly strict and hard on him (as an adult, I know he just wants Nick to have an education, so he can open more opportunities, but he was too overbearing even for me), his mother’s increased absence affects him, and he can’t find his voice to stand up to bullies at school. When his parents make huge decisions that don’t include him, he’s forced to get over it. At one point, his emotions boil over at his father’s continual chastisement where Nick says… he wants to die. While Nick affirms he wasn’t suicidal, it’s this moment where his father realizes he needs to dial it back and show more emotional care/be more comforting.

Again, I thought the awkward navigation of emotional distress as a young teen and even the inclusion of counseling were great.

A small nitpick: with the way the font is written when Nick is having a conversation with someone, you can easily lose track of who is speaking.

Lastly, word up! * in my Wordgirl voice* This book includes a lot of great, uncommon words to build your vocabulary. c:

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DestDest | 45 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 28, 2023 |
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rianainthestacks | 77 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 5, 2023 |
Representation: Black characters
Trigger warnings: Death of a father by a heart attack and stroke, grief and loss depiction
Score: Eight points out of ten.

I only discovered The Crossover and Kwame Alexander last year and I enjoyed that so I picked up this novel and turns out it was a prequel but still this is one of the few novels that I enjoyed so much, this will not change the fact that I liked The Crossover more; everything here is executed almost perfectly, where do I even begin. It starts off with the main character Chuck Bell and he's the father of Josh and Jordan Bell in The Crossover and this already made me feel a tinge of sadness considering what would happen after this book. Only a few pages in and this book already packed an emotional punch when Chuck's father dies which kind of foreshadows things to come, nice touch. Chuck slowly recovers from that loss and soon enough he discovers a thing called basketball and that takes up most of the book and sets up future events. I liked the illustrations interspersed and the character development and the cherry on top was the flashforward? 30 years later with Chuck now a father with his sons with some metaphors added in to boot. Not to mention the poetry here is top tier.… (lisätietoja)
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Law_Books600 | 17 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 3, 2023 |
Representation: Black characters
Trigger warnings: Death of a father, death of a grandfather mentioned

8/10, looking back at it this book was one of the few that still holds up really well even to this day ever since I first read and enjoyed it and it would be highly likely that I would pick this up and enjoy this again for a second time; by the way this was the first poetry book that I've read and that made me read more of them. It begins with the two main characters Josh and Jordan Bell and all they do is play basketball which they are good at and everything looks amazing until they begin to grow apart. This comes from one character losing a bet and then he's forced to cut off his hair and another character grows more distant from his brother as he develops an attraction with his new partner. Josh and Jordan try to navigate their lives in middle school and they still play basketball as part of the school team and I liked the writing style since all the poems are so different yet still tell one cohesive story; it shows how poetry can do a lot with very little. Anyways Josh and Jordan's father gets sick from a condition which might have something to do with his diet and he doesn't want to go to the hospital after the death of his father who is also Josh and Jordan's grandfather in there. Eventually towards the end Josh and Jordan's father dies as well however after a while they move on wrapping the book up in a bittersweet manner.… (lisätietoja)
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Law_Books600 | 139 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 3, 2023 |



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