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New York Times bestseller Newbery Medal Winner Coretta Scott King Honor Award 2015 YALSA 2015 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 Kirkus Best Book
"A beautifully measured novel of life and line."The New York Times Book Review
"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . . The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering.Cuz tonight Im 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 bloodhe's got mad beats, too, which help him find his rhythm when its all on the line.
As their winning season unfolds, things begin to change. When Jordan meets a girl, the twins bond unravels.Told in dynamic verse, this fast and furious middle grade novel that started it all absolutely bounces with rhythm and bursts with heart.
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and theNew York Timesbest-selling author of more than thirty-fivebooks, including Rebound, the follow-up to hisNewberymedalwinning middle grade novel, The Crossover. Some of his other works include Booked, which was longlisted for theNational Book Award, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Help You Aim, Shoot, and Score in this Game of Life,Swing, and the picture booksOut of Wonderand The Undefeated, which was longlisted for the National Book Awardand won the Caldecott Medal, a Newbery Honor, and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.
A regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The NCTE/Charlotte Huck Honor, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. He believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people around the world through The Write Thing, his K-12 Writing Workshop. Kwame is the founder of Versify, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.www.kwamealexander.com
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 03/05/2019 - 12:00am
On Sale: 03/05/2019 - 12:00am