Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander,
Is the 2015 Newbery winner -
The award for best American children's literature.

The book follows Josh and Jordan Bell,
African-American, middle-school-aged twins
Who love basketball,
Their father,
And Sweet Tea.

Except the latter.
That's the nickname Josh gives
His brother's girlfriend.
Josh is none too happy
That a girl has come between them.

Josh also learns that his father,
Who'd played professional basketball,
Quit the game for health reasons
And he won't see a doctor
Despite fainting spells.

Dad blames the doctors
For taking his own father far too young
Instead of the heart disease
He's apparently inherited as well.

Written in verse
But reads like prose
The Crossover is a quick read
But not a simplistic tale.