Middle grade book recommendations for parents of kids ages 5-12

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Age 8-12, All Book Recommendations, Crash! Pow!, Modern Classics, Poetry & Novels in Verse

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

This fun novel-in-verse captures both the quick rhythm of a basketball game and the turbulence of the first year of middle school. Josh Bell and his identical twin, Jordan, are the stars of their school basketball team and as close and competitive as brothers can be. Jordan’s crush on a girl drives a wedge between them, though, and Josh fears he’s being left behind. The story is compelling and moves quickly, with bright, playful language. A warning to parents of sensitive kids: The boys’ father, who is a former professional basketball player and a strong role model for the boys, dies of a heart attack at the end of the book. Won the Newbery Medal in 2015, as well as the Coretta Scott King Honor Award. P&P Amazon

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