Category: Book
By (author): Alexander, Kwame
Series: Crossover
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 10-14
  JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Themes)
  JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Soccer
  JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: March 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.63in x 5.13in x 0.86in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*New York Times Bestseller âˆ™National Book Award Longlist ∙ ILA-CBC Children's Choice List âˆ™ ALA Notable Children's Book ∙ Book Links' Lasting Connections âˆ™ Kirkus Best Book ∙ San Francisco Chronicle Best Book∙ Washington Post Best Book∙ BookPage Best Book

"A novel about a soccer-obsessed tween boy written entirely in verse? In a word, yes. Kwame Alexander has the magic to pull off this unlikely feat, both as a poet and as a storyteller. "- The Chicago Tribune

Can't nobody stop you
Can't nobody cop you…

In this follow-up to Newbery-winnerThe Crossover, soccer, family, love, and friendship take center stage. Twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.  

This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match! Now in paperback.
From The Publisher*

Now in paperback! Longlisted for the National Book Award and a NYT bestseller! Soccer, love, and friendship take center stage in this novel in verse by Newbery winner Kwame Alexander. 

Review Quote*2017 ILA-CBC Children's Choice List
Book Links' Lasting Connections 2016
Kirkus Best of 2016
Nerdy Book Club Nerdies 2016 Poetry/Novels in Verse
New York Times Bestseller
San Francisco Chronicle Best of 2016
Washington Post Best of 2016
BookPage Best of 2016

"A novel about a soccer-obsessed tween boy written entirely in verse? In a word, yes.Kwame Alexander has the magic to pull off this unlikely feat, both as a poet and as a storyteller. " -The Chicago Tribune

"This lively, touching middle school soccer story is full of fun." -Common Sense Media

* "A satisfying, winning read." -Kirkus, starred review

* "Alexander skillfully juggles verse styles to realistically capture Nick's humor and smarts, passion for soccer, and vulnerability when being bullied, having surgery, or facing his parents' troubled marriage. Emotionally resonant and with a pace like a player on a breakaway..." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "Alexander understands reluctant readers deeply, and here hands them a protagonist who is himself a smart, reading-averse kid who just wants to enjoy the words that interest him on his own terms. With accessible poetic forms and engaging formatting, Booked 's pages will be turned swiftly and enthusiastically." -Horn BookMagazine, starred review

* "Middle-school readers and their advocates will surely love Alexander's joyous word play and celebration of reading." -Booklist, starred review

"Newbery-winning poet Alexander once again brings to life a novel in verse that equally captures the rapid-fire excitement of a soccer match and the palpable pain of a young boy whose family is falling apart. Another winning goal for Alexander and middle school readers alike." -School Library Journal

"This is a fantastic book with a never-ending supply of new words like "onomatophobia" and "yobbery" that will leave readers full of new words and ideas. This is an absolute must-have for any library serving tweens." -VOYA

"A powerful story that will leave the reader breathless, right to the very end." - BookPage Children's Top Pick
Biographical NoteKwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the NYT bestselling author of 25 books, including the Newbery Medal-winningThe Crossover, which also received the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, and the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. www.