The Crossover (hardcover)
by Kwame Alexander
Yes, I read it again (see the original post here), because I am at a conference and this was my assigned book. However, I picked up more this time than I did the first time I read it. Before I tell you what I gained from it after my second read, I have to show you what blew my mind (because I just never noticed before):
If you take the cover off, it’s the color and texture of a basketball!!! I discovered it after 4 hours of sleep and I was ecstatic (aka delirious). I just had to share. I love stuff like that.
What I loved about this book after reading it again… there are a few things. First of all, I appreciated the language. Alexander has such a way with words. The part where they are playing basketball and he is describing his moves- it’s like a dance. He is grooving. The description shows how much skill he has. It’s not just a game, it’s not just dribbling, it’s like a choreographed waltz across the court.
Another thing I didn’t catch the first time is how frequently “the crossover” came up in the story. There was one that was especially meaningful, at a funeral. I won’t spoil anything if you haven’t read it (although seriously, what are you waiting for?!). The use of this basketball move as a metaphor is something that might need to be studied when speaking with students, and then they may catch on to how powerful it is!
I LOVE Kwame Alexander, and if you enjoyed The Crossover, definitely read Rebound, which is a prequel to this story.
Book 15 of 20 (summer goal)
(Book 61 of 2018)