By: Kwame Alexander
The Crossover is a novel in verse that tells the story of Josh Bell, a seventh-grader who is passionate about and talented at the game of basketball. Throughout the story, Josh balances his family life with school while leading an undefeated team to the championship. His father, Chuck, was formerly a professional basketball player in the Euroleague, but now suffers from hypertension. Chuck’s health becomes a significant issue in Josh’s life. Josh also contends with jealousy as his twin brother, JB, has a girlfriend for the first time. Through these challenges, Josh learns to manage his emotions and his relationships. This novel received the 2015 John Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award.