Longlist, National Book Awards 2016 for Young People's Literature

Booked by Kwame Alexander book cover
ISBN 9780544570986
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight books including Out of Wonder, a Coretta Scott King Book Awards Illustrator Winner, and Rebound, the prequel to his Newbery Award-Winning novel The Crossover. More about this author >

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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!