Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander - ESSENTIAL

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile, 217 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019. $13.

Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G. 



Josh (Filthy McNasty) and Jordan (JB) are twins and basketball players. Their dad played a little pro b-ball, but now coaches his boys from the bleachers. As 7th graders with a great game, they are stars of their team, but now it’s time to start growing up, and when JB gets a girlfriend, (and Josh likes the girl, too) Josh worries that his brother and he may be playing different games, and he's angry. If Josh can't control his temper, he can't play ball. 

I love the graphic novel version! Well edited for the format and Dawud Anyabwile's illustrations are perfect. I haven't read the original novel in a couple of years, so the story was fresh. Slam Dunk!

Lisa Librarian

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