In YA Book Reviews on January 22, 2015 at 5:05 am


 by Kwame Alexander

Poetry/©2014/237 pages/Recommended for Middle Grades+

Publisher’s Synopsis:

“”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 (“He Said, She Said” 2013).

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.

My Thoughts:

Most of the time I buy the books I read. It is just the fastest way to read the books I want to read. I kept hearing about this book, how great it is, but seriously – it is a sports book done in free verse, two of my least favorite genres. I was not in that big of a hurry to read it, so it has been languishing on my To-Be-Read list for months until yesterday when a friend loaned me her copy. I started reading it this afternoon and could not put it down until I finished it. All I can say is I have been missing out! What an absolutely incredible book! It is so much more than a book about basketball. It is a powerful coming-of-age story about family, love, friendship, and changing relationships. I still am not a fan of basketball or books written in free verse, but I love this book (and I just ordered my own copy!)

My Rating: 5/5 Stars


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