The Crossover

The Crossover

Book - 2014
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Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2014
ISBN: 9780544107717
Branch Call Number: J FIC Alexa
Characteristics: 237 p


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AlisonBookWyrm Mar 26, 2018

This book is the perfect partnership of poetry and basketball. The alternate format makes for a fun and quick read. It is a great sports focused, coming of age story, for middle and high school sports lovers dealing with life pressures.

Aug 22, 2017

Our 7th grader listened to this book on CD throughout our Spring Break trip & it really kept his interest. Definitely recommend for a sports fan!

archreads Jul 18, 2017

This 2015 Newberry Medalist combines poetry with prose. It tells the story of two 13 year old twin brothers dealing with family relationships, their love of basketball and growing up. It is a wonderful read and would appeal to middle school readers as well as reluctant readers.

Jun 26, 2017

Written in free verse, this great book talks about a pair of twins who are kings of the basketball court. A fast paced novel, not only a basketball one, but also a story about love, family and loss. Great book!

Apr 15, 2017

What a unique book! The story follows twin brothers who are both basketball players. At first the book is seemingly about basketball, but the complicated family dynamics drive the book. There are many different dynamics at work: the twins drift apart, their father tries to turn each brother into a basketball star like he was, their father and mother argue repeatedly about his health. This is an amazing and moving book.

kathleen_DCL Mar 14, 2017

Perfectly written story of twin brothers dealing with school, basketball, girls and the importance of family.

Dec 17, 2016

Honestly if I had to pick a book that I had to read one hundred times I would pick this book because it is ver inspirational and has a really good story

Brilliant and full of heart. Alexander uses sports not just as a plot device, but as a metaphor to explore growing up, family, grief, and learning to understand and express one's feelings.

Jul 03, 2016

I love this book. It has great poetry, relatable life problems and passion for basketball.

Jun 20, 2016

This book is like real life. Freshmen that play basketball and go to school.

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LibraryK8 Jun 24, 2014

Josh Bell, known as Filthy McNasty to those on the court, is one of top two players on his middle school basketball team. The other player is his twin brother, Jordan. The two are expected to become big stars as their father was an amazing basketball player before he retired, known to his fans as Da Man!

Filthy and Jordan are ready for an epic year on their team, taking them all the way to playoffs, when things are complicated by a new girl, who captures Jordan's eye and their father's heart problems.


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JCLChrisK Mar 19, 2015

[kraws-oh-ver] noun

A simple basketball move
in which a player dribbles
the ball quickly
from one hand
to the other.

As in: When done right,
a crossover can break
an opponent's ankles.

As in: Deron William's crossover
is nice, but Allen Iverson's crossover
was so deadly, he could've set up
his own podiatry practice.

As in: Dad taught me
how to give a soft cross first
to see if your opponent falls
for it,
then hit 'em
with the hard crossover.


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