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 a 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!