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The Crossover

The Crossover

Author: Kwame Alexander
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544107713
Pages: 237
Year: 2014
A middle-grade novel in verse follows the experiences of twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan, who struggle with challenges on and off the court while their father ignores his declining health. 20,000 first printing.
The Crossover

The Crossover

Author: Kwame Alexander
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544289595
Pages: 240
Year: 2014-03-18
2015 Newbery Medal Winner 2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner New York Times Bestseller "With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander. Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.
The Crossover

The Crossover

Author: Kwame Alexander
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448188210
Pages: 240
Year: 2015-10-08
‘With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . . The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering’ 12-year-old Josh and his twin Jordan have basketball in their blood. They’re kings of the court, star players for their school team. Their father used to be a champion player and they each want nothing more than to follow in his footsteps. Both on and off the court, there is conflict and hardship which will test Josh’s bond with his brother. In this heartfelt novel in verse, the boys find that life doesn’t come with a play-book and it's not all about winning.
Booked

Booked

Author: Kwame Alexander
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544787714
Pages: 240
Year: 2016-04-05
National Book Award Long List New York Times Bestseller Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can’t nobody stop you/ can’t nobody cop you… In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER, soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as 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!
The Crossover That Won the Game

The Crossover That Won the Game

Author: Jamell Ponder, Joseph Ponder
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises
ISBN: 1681874989
Pages: 392
Year: 2015-11-17
The Crossover that Won the Game urges readers to create a safety net for children to learn how to fall, get back up, and grow, and for them to learn that failure is simply an opportunity for growth. Children who struggle with low self-esteem will greatly benefit from reading this story. It shows that success is possible as long as you believe in yourself, and that others' belief in children can make a monumental difference in building their self-confidence and showing that success is possible and failure is not the end of the story.
Rebound

Rebound

Author: Kwame Alexander
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 1328476634
Pages: 416
Year: 2018-04-02
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.
The Playbook

The Playbook

Author: Kwame Alexander
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 1328698920
Pages: 176
Year: 2017-02-14
You gotta know the rules to play the game. Ball is life. Take it to the hoop. Soar. What can we imagine for our lives? What if we were the star players, moving and grooving through the game of life? What if we had our own rules of the game to help us get what we want, what we aspire to, what will enrich our lives? Illustrated with photographs by Thai Neave, The Playbook is intended to provide inspiration on the court of life. Each rule contains wisdom from inspiring athletes and role models such as Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, LeBron James, Carli Lloyd, Steph Curry and Michelle Obama. Kwame Alexander also provides his own poetic and uplifting words, as he shares stories of overcoming obstacles and winning games in this motivational and inspirational book just right for graduates of any age and anyone needing a little encouragement.
The Crossover Novel

The Crossover Novel

Author: Rachel Falconer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135865000
Pages: 280
Year: 2008-10-21
"Highly recommended" by Choice While crossover books such as Rowling's Harry Potter series have enjoyed enormous sales and media attention, critical analysis of crossover fiction has not kept pace with the growing popularity of this new category of writing and reading. Falconer remedies this lack with close readings of six major British works of crossover fiction, and a wide-ranging analysis of the social and cultural implications of the global crossover phenomenon. A uniquely in-depth study of the crossover novel, Falconer engages with a ground-breaking range of sources, from primary texts, to child and adult reader responses, to cultural and critical theory.
Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band

Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band

Author: Kwame Alexander
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
ISBN: 1410308367
Pages: 32
Year: 2011-09-01
When a jazz-loving rooster sets his sights on winning a barnyard talent show, he realizes he can't do it as a solo act. He's up against the talents of Mules Davis's cool duo and Ella Finchgerald's singing group. Acoustic Rooster calls on friends like pianist Duck Ellington, singer Bee Holiday, and percussionist piggy Pepe Ernesto Cruz. Together, the foursome makes beautiful music as they rock the barnyard. And while they may not win first prize, Acoustic Rooster realizes he has the world's best jazz band and that's all that matters. Colorful artwork from artist Tim Bowers (Memoirs of a Goldfish) ensures this story doesn't miss a beat. A glossary of musical terms and instruments rounds out this perfect introduction to jazz for young readers. Kwame Alexander is a poet, publisher, and an award-winning producer of literary programs. He has written for television, the stage, and authored 13 books. He conducts writing/publishing workshops at schools and conferences throughout the country. Kwame lives in the Washington, D.C. area. Tim Bowers has illustrated more than 25 children's books, garnering such awards as the Chicago Public Library's "Best of the Best" list. His work for Sleeping Bear includes First Dog and First Dog's White House Christmas. Tim lives in Granville, Ohio.
The Crossover - Making Your Biggest Dreams Your Greatest Reality

The Crossover - Making Your Biggest Dreams Your Greatest Reality

Author: III Josesph G. Smith
Publisher: Fideli Publishing
ISBN: 1604145323
Pages: 160
Year: 2012-08-01
What are the makings of success? What are the characteristics of the successful? If you have a dream, how do you make real the fantasies you're dreaming about? The answers are within this book. If you are bold in the knowledge that all things are possible, you will complete The Great Crossover of dream fulfillment; success will be yours and a lasting legacy you will leave. To change the world we must first change ourselves. To change ourselves and achieve success we must P.R.O.G.R.E.S.S., we must throw off the old way of limited thinking and limited actions and know that the story of our unique and beautiful struggle ends with our victory. Be prepared...you're about to Crossover! About the Author: Joseph is a resident of Conway, Arkansas and founder of New World Vision, LLC, a company dedicated to advancing broader human progress for the betterment of our shared world and collective humanity. He is spearheading The Omaha and Arkansas Ambassador Trek programs, a coalition effort to build a 3 room school house in Malawi, East Africa and Nicaragua, Central America, working with Non-Government Organization, Build On. He seeks to educate, challenge and enlighten others. The purchase of this book contributes toward the Ambassador Trek programs."
He Said, She Said

He Said, She Said

Author: Kwame Alexander
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062118994
Pages: 336
Year: 2013-11-19
Sparks will fly in this hip-hop-hot teen novel that mixes social protest and star-crossed romance, from Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Honor–winning author Kwame Alexander! He Said, She Said is perfect for fans of Walter Dean Myers and Rachel Vail alike. He says: Omar "T-Diddy" Smalls has got it made—a full football ride to UMiami, hero-worship status at school, and pick of any girl at West Charleston High. She says: Football, shmootball. Here's what Claudia Clarke cares about: Harvard, the poor, the disenfranchised, the hungry, the staggering teen pregnancy rate, investigative journalism . . . the list goes on. She does not have a minute to waste on Mr. T-Diddy Smalls and his harem of bimbos. He Said, She Said is a fun and fresh novel from Kwame Alexander that throws these two high school seniors together when they unexpectedly end up leading the biggest social protest this side of the Mississippi—with a lot of help from Facebook and Twitter. The stakes are high, the romance is hot, and when these worlds collide, watch out!
The Crossover

The Crossover

Author: Heather Horst
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1986109348
Pages: 370
Year: 2018-03
It's been 12 years since Ella has buried her brother Weston, today she buries her Father. Tomorrow she begins her life as an average University student. Unfortunately, much like Ella's childhood, things do not go as expected. Before the semester can even begin Ella finds herself intertwined with eccentric peers, family ties, and an alternate universe. Now Ella is thrust into the responsibility of keeping her personal life in order while saving another Earth from their impending doom, and potentially her own.
Solo

Solo

Author: Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess
Publisher: Blink
ISBN: 0310761905
Pages: 464
Year: 2017-08-01
New York Times bestseller! Blade never asked for a life of the rich and famous. In fact, he’d give anything not to be the son of Rutherford Morrison, a washed-up rock star and drug addict with delusions of a comeback. Or to no longer be part of a family known most for lost potential, failure, and tragedy, including the loss of his mother. The one true light is his girlfriend, Chapel, but her parents have forbidden their relationship, assuming Blade will become just like his father. In reality, the only thing Blade and Rutherford have in common is the music that lives inside them. And songwriting is all Blade has left after Rutherford, while drunk, crashes his high school graduation speech and effectively rips Chapel away forever. But when a long-held family secret comes to light, the music disappears. In its place is a letter, one that could bring Blade the freedom and love he’s been searching for, or leave him feeling even more adrift. “A contemporary hero’s journey, brilliantly told.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review “A rhythmic, impassioned ode to family, identity, and the history of rock and roll.” —Booklist, starred review “Many readers will identify with Blade’s struggle to find his place in a family where he feels like an outsider.” —Publishers Weekly “The authentic character development and tone will strike a chord with young adults.” —School Library Journal
The Crossover People

The Crossover People

Author: B. Neil Shaw
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN: 1490847154
Pages: 318
Year: 2014-10-07
A reliable historical account is a recitation of past truths and an important guide to living life in the present. A study of history enables future generations to avoid the pitfalls experienced by those who have lived before. This is a historical novel based in part on a true story about a Jewish family’s quest to escape oppression in Ukraine in the early twentieth century. The story traces the virulent anti-Semitism against the Jewish people in Ukraine and their need to escape from the darkness of a tsarist autocracy. In the guise of offering more freedoms to a downtrodden people, the tsarist regime was overthrown in a revolution led by the Marxist dictatorship of Lenin and then Stalin. That dictatorship became even more oppressive than the heavy hand of the tsar. The Jewish family became separated from the father when he escaped to the United States with the intent of the family joining him within months. Then the Great War closed all the doors for escape, and for almost eight years, a mother and her three young children lived through the horrors of world war, revolution, civil war, and communist dictatorship behind what became known as the Iron Curtain. The story culminates in the escape and ultimate reunion of the family with the father in the land of the free, the United States of America.
Teacher Guide and Novel Unit for the Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Teacher Guide and Novel Unit for the Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Author: John Pennington
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1548049786
Pages: 46
Year: 2017-06-11
The lessons on demand series is designed to provide ready to use resources for novel study. In this book you will find key vocabulary, student organizer pages, and assessments. This guide is divided into two sections. Section one is the teacher section which consists of vocabulary and activities. Section two holds all of the student pages, including assessments and graphic organizers. Look for bound print editions on Amazon.com Now with Student Workbooks Available! PDF versions can be found on Teacherspayteachers.com