2016 National Book Award Longlist, Young People's Literature

Kwame Alexander

Booked Kwame Alexander
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
ISBN: 978-0544570986

National Book Foundation: Who did you write this book for?
Kwame Alexander: Well, my editor thinks I wrote it for my dad (My dad, who made me read the encyclopedia when I was a tween). I guess ultimately I wrote it about kids who haven't yet been hooked on books, who don't yet know the power of literature. But I really wrote it FOR all of us, to illustrate my belief that books are like amusement parks and you gotta know what rides kids like and maybe sometimes let them choose the one for them.


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!

About the Author

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, the NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. His other works include Surf’s Up, a picture book, Crush: Love Poems for Teenagers, and He Said She Said, a young adult novel.  


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