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Series: Crossover   

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Annotation: In this prequel to Alexander's 2015 Newbery Award-winner "The Crossover," readers learn about Josh and Jordan's dad, Chuck Bell, and how he became the jazz-loving basketball star his sons look up to.
Catalog Number: #158762
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Anyabwile, Dawud,
Pages: 414 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-544-86813-7 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-0900-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-544-86813-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-0900-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017061480
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
In this 1988-set prequel to The Crossover, twelve-year-old Charlie Bell is spending the summer with his grandparents following the sudden death of his father. He finds solace on the basketball court. This story of realistic family dynamics, a search for confidence, and first romance is propelled by energetic, staccato poetry and elevated by a visceral exploration of grief. Occasional comics visualizing the fast-paced basketball action explode off the page.
Kirkus Reviews
In this prequel to Newbery Award-winning The Crossover (2014), Alexander revisits previous themes and formats while exploring new ones.For Charlie Bell, the future father of The Crossover's Jordan and Josh, his father's death alters his relationship with his mother and causes him to avoid what reminds him of his dad. At first, he's just withdrawn, but after he steals from a neighbor, his mother packs a reluctant Charlie off to his grandparents near Washington, D.C., for the summer. His grandfather works part-time at a Boys and Girls Club where his cousin Roxie is a star basketball player. Despite his protests, she draws him into the game. His time with his grandparents deepens Charlie's understanding of his father, and he begins to heal. "I feel / a little more normal, / like maybe he's still here, / … in a / as long as I remember him / he's still right here / in my heart / kind of way." Once again, Alexander has given readers an African-American protagonist to cheer. He is surrounded by a strong supporting cast, especially two brilliant female characters, his friend CJ and his cousin Roxie, as well as his feisty and wise granddaddy. Music and cultural references from the late 1980s add authenticity. The novel in verse is enhanced by Anyabwile's art, which reinforces Charlie's love for comics.An eminently satisfying story of family, recovery, and growing into manhood. (Historical verse fiction. 10-12)
Publishers Weekly
This prequel to Alexander's Newbery Medal winner, The Crossover (2014), provides the backstory of twins Josh and Jordan Bell's father, Chuck "Da Man" Bell, a basketball star who died young. Set in 1988, the novel-in-verse follows Chuck, who is acting out as he mourns the premature death of his own father. His mother's solution is to send him to spend the summer at his paternal grandparents' home, where he endures his grandfather's tough love and his cousin Roxie's superior skills as a baller. Alexander's non-rhyming poetry has propulsive, hard-hitting rhythm. A few poems are cast in graphic novel-style panels, which serve as nice breaks among the poems and illustrate how Chuck, a comic book lover, imagines himself. Adults may get more of a kick out of the references to 1980s pop culture (Members Only jackets, Now and Later candy) than the target audience, but the multilayered coming-of-age story should resonate with young readers. While this companion novel works as a standalone, those who have read the first book will have a richer experience. Ages 10-12. Agent: Arielle Eckstut, Levine, Greenberg, Rostan Literary Agency. (Apr.)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
In this prequel to Newbery Award-winning The Crossover (2014), Alexander revisits previous themes and formats while exploring new ones.For Charlie Bell, the future father of The Crossover's Jordan and Josh, his father's death alters his relationship with his mother and causes him to avoid what reminds him of his dad. At first, he's just withdrawn, but after he steals from a neighbor, his mother packs a reluctant Charlie off to his grandparents near Washington, D.C., for the summer. His grandfather works part-time at a Boys and Girls Club where his cousin Roxie is a star basketball player. Despite his protests, she draws him into the game. His time with his grandparents deepens Charlie's understanding of his father, and he begins to heal. "I feel / a little more normal, / like maybe he's still here, / … in a / as long as I remember him / he's still right here / in my heart / kind of way." Once again, Alexander has given readers an African-American protagonist to cheer. He is surrounded by a strong supporting cast, especially two brilliant female characters, his friend CJ and his cousin Roxie, as well as his feisty and wise granddaddy. Music and cultural references from the late 1980s add authenticity. The novel in verse is enhanced by Anyabwile's art, which reinforces Charlie's love for comics.An eminently satisfying story of family, recovery, and growing into manhood. (Historical verse fiction. 10-12)
Word Count: 27,804
Reading Level: 4.3
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.3 / points: 4.0 / quiz: 194054 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.7 / points:9.0 / quiz:Q72808
Lexile: 780L
Guided Reading Level: Y
Fountas & Pinnell: Y

May 28, 1988

The game is on
at the park.
The stars are out.
It's close to dark.
Hoop Kings
SOARing
         in the SKY
         so high
         so fly
like they Got Wings
(it's like the blacktop
is a boxSPRING)
Hey, Charlie, you see what he did with that THING!
my best friend, Skinny, yells
T
   W
       I
          R
              L
                  I
                     N
                         G andWHIRLINGthe ball
                  so sweet
it's like a bee s t i n g
(Ouch!)
He just Swished
in your Face.
Stung you like
a can of mace
These boys so fly
they're outta SPACE!

C'mon, Charlie, I got next. Let's hoop, Skinny says,
jumping up from the sidewalk.
Nah, I gotta get home for dinner, I lie.

I used to play H.O.R.S.E.

against my father, and sometimes I
won, but when I tried playing on
a team, I'd get too nervous
to shoot, too scared of the
ball (like the time I
missed a pass and
got hit up-
side the
head).

Sometimes, I wish

I was a superhero,
superfly
like Quicksilver
speed-racing
down the court
sleek as a sports car
faster than NASCAR,
leaving all my sadness
in the dust--far,
far away
from now.

Wish I could soar
score
throw down
a monster dunk
like I was Thor.

Wish I could elevate
my name
with game so good
it's hall of fame!

Wish I could forget
all the pain.

Yeah, that's what I wish . . .



Excerpted from Rebound by Kwame Alexander
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New York Times bestseller ALA Notable Book * "An eminently satisfying story of family, recovery, and growing into manhood." -- Kirkus , starred review From the New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander comes Rebound , a dynamic novel in verse and companion to his Newbery Award-winner, The Crossover, illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshiping, basketball star his sons look up to. A novel in verse with all the impact and rhythm readers have come to expect from Kwame Alexander, Rebound will go back in time to visit the childhood of Chuck "Da Man" Bell during one pivotal summer when young Charlie is sent to stay with his grandparents where he discovers basketball and learns more about his family's past.


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