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The Playbook

52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Available: 02/14/17
5.5 x 8.25 · 176 pages
Ages 10-12 years
CDN $20.99 · cl

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Kwame Alexander

by (photographer) Thai Neave

A New York Times Bestseller!

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.

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 25 books, including Rebound, the highly anticipated prequel to the 2015 Newbery Medal-winning The Crossover, a middle grade novel in verse. The Crossover also received the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize, while his middle grade novel Booked was longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award. Some of his other works include The Playbook: 52 Rules to Help You Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game of Life ; the picture books, Animal Ark and Out of Wonder, and the young adult novel, Solo .The recipient of the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award, Kwame is the host of the literary variety/talk show, Bookish, which airs Wednesdays on Facebook Watch. Visit Kwame atkwamealexander.com , on Twitter at @kwamealexander, and on Instagram at @kwamealexander.

Thai Neave is a former SportsCenter Anchor for ESPN and now works as a freelance photographer and journalist. He currently resides between Los Angeles and Sydney. You can follow his work at:http://instagram.com/shootinghoops