by Kwame Alexander
I was so excited for Rebound, the prequel to The Crossover, Alexander’s Newbery-winning book. I was not disappointed, either. Rebound isn’t just prequel to the story. It takes us way back to Josh and JB’s father’s childhood. Chuck “Da Man” Bell is devastated over the loss of his father to a heart attack. After a few poor choices, his mother decides to send him to his grandparents’ for the summer, despite his protests. His grandparents help him to cope with his father’s (their son’s) death, and make peace with his mom. In the meantime, he spends some time with his cousin, who teaches him to play basketball and do something besides mope and read comic books. Chuck is faced with some tough decisions and chooses poorly, but luckily, he rediscovers the importance of family.
What I liked about this book was that I got to spend more time with a family I enjoyed before. Although they’re two completely different books and not even really a sequel/prequel to each other, it was interesting to read the history of the boys’ father, and see how certain characteristics carried on to the next generation.
What I didn’t like about this book was that I wanted more of it. I wanted more of the relationship between Chuck and Crystal. I think I will be truly happy if there’s a book between Rebound and The Crossover. Are you listening, Kwame?
Book 67 of 40
(Book 33 of 2018)