Written by Kwame Alexander
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers; Later Printing edition (March 18, 2014)
Josh and Jordan are twin brothers. They are very good on the court. But Josh is little better at playing basketball. The theme of this book is all about the sport and the champion. It’s beautifully written in verse in very unique style. Not only talks about the sport, it also treats racial issue as well. Because this book talks about diversity in terms of the sport subject matter, it is great for young teenage readers. Because it is written in verse, it’s more fun to read for readers who are afraid of long chapter books.
This book honors diversity, and got Newbury Medal. I think those two factors are great enough to recommend this book to young readers.
Article from The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/11/books/review/the-crossover-by-kwame-alexander.html
Articles related to NBA and the book: https://www.si.com/nba/2016/10/19/welcome-to-the-crossover