rap poetry, Kwame Alexander introduces you to Josh and
Jordan, twin basketball stars at their school. The twins
are double trouble both on and off the court until
Jordan gets a girlfriend. Suddenly Josh feels left
out; add to that his dad, a former professional
basketball player, seems to be keeping secrets. Why is
his mom on a sudden health food kick? What is his dad
hiding? Find out while tapping to the beat of Josh’s
(Booktalk by Pennsylvania
Reader’s Choice Award Committee)
is the story of a set of twins, middle school basketball
stars who are coached by their dad, a former NBA player.
The boys are equally talented and work well together,
but when a new girlfriend begins to split them apart,
feelings of anger and jealousy develop. The novel,
written in verse, emphasizes brotherhood and family
bonds and has an unexpected ending that will shock the
reader. (Booktalk by the Louisiana
Young Readers' Choice Committee)
twin brothers Josh and Jordan (JB) Bell are kings on the
basketball court. As their winning season unfolds,
things begin to change. JB becomes more interested in a
girl than in the big game, and their father’s health
deteriorates. Josh, who narrates the story, has a hard
time coping with the changes around him. He wants to win
it all and is dismayed by the distractions. Written in
dynamic verse infused with hip-hop and jazz rhythms,
this fast and furious middle grade novel bounces with
energy and bursts with heart. (Dorothy
Canfield Fisher Book Award DCF 2015 - 2016)
“Filthy McNasty/ is a MYTHical MANchild/ Of rather
dubious distinction/ Always AGITATING/ COMBINATING/ and
ELEVATING his game”. Josh Bell’s talents on the
basketball court have earned him the name Filthy
McNasty. “Folks call me that/ ‘cause my game’s
acclaimed,/ so downright dirty, it’ll put you to shame,”
he proclaims. Josh’s twin brother Jordan is equally
talented on the court, and the two eighth graders are
cheered on by their loving parents. However, jealousy,
girls, and a bad temper are getting in the way of Josh’s
success on the court. Now, Josh and Jordan’s dad is
facing an opponent of his own, and the twins soon
realize that their biggest challenges have nothing to do
with basketball. How will Josh confront these
challenges? Find out in the Crossover, a verse novel by
Kwame Alexander. (Oklahoma
Sequoyah Award, 2017)
Josh and Jordan Bell are fourteen-year-old twins who live to play b-ball. They are exceptional on the court: fast, skilled and dedicated. Their father played professional ball, back in the day, and he encourages and coaches them in the game. Josh’s perfect world starts to fall apart when Jordan gets a girlfriend and the relationship the twins have had is put to the test. The family is further tested when Dad gets sick.
This fast-paced story is about the
thrill of playing basketball and making amazing shots
on the court. It is written in Josh’s voice who is a
rhymer/rapper as well as a basketball phenomenon.
Josh and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse. In this fast-paced novel they must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family. (New Hampshire Isinglass Read Award 2017-2018)
|SUBJECTS: African Americans -- Fiction.
Basketball -- Fiction.
Brothers -- Fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Novels in verse.
Twins -- Fiction.