Raincoast Books

What Will You Read Next?

Booked

9780544570986

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Available: 04/05/16
5.5 x 8.25 · 320 pages
Ages 10-12 years
9780544570986
CDN $23.99 · cl

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Kwame Alexander

National Book Award Long List
New York Times Bestseller

Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can't nobody stop you/
can't nobody cop you…
In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER, soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.
This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match!

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.
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