Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshipping, basketball star his sons look up to. ...
|Title||:||Rebound (The Crossover 0.5)|
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Rebound (The Crossover 0.5) Reviews
Crossover was the first Kwame Alexander book I read. I liked it, but found myself getting confused from time to time because I'm not a sports person. But the style of writing and the fact that there is a good story had me hooked.
Rebound is a prequel to Crossover. I could not put it down. The story is still focusing on Basketball, but because it is the beginning I wasn't nearly as confused with the basketball terms and it was fun to see where it all started.
My goodness, does Kwame Alexander know how to write. I could not put this down, even with tears streaming down my face. I cannot wait to share this one with my students. They are all big fans of his work, and I know this is no exception.
If you are looking for a book that takes you on a journey about learning to accept and love your family, friends and the game of basketball, this novel.in verse is for you.
Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own.
I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the context of Chuck Bell as the basketball star father from THE CROSSOVER. I highly recommend this stellar novel in verse for purchase in all middle grade libraries - I will be purchasing for both my elementary and middle ...more
I know my friend Joe found many anachronisms in this, but I'm going to plug my ears and sing la la la.
I loved this so much. Give me curmudgeony grandpa and I'm a happy girl. Also, there is a girl superstar basketball player here that deserves everything that comes her way.
Thank you my friend, Joe, for getting me the book, even if I ignored all your earnest goggling about what could and couldn't exist in 1988.
I love when the pre-sequel is as good, if not better than, the first book. I cried. Hard. And laughed. Hard. Kwame’s books are perfect.
Charlie Bell, who later is the great Chuck “Da Man” Bell in The Crossover, is a young boy of 12 who just lost his father. He doesn’t know how to grieve, and neither does his mother. They struggle to be around one another so much so that eventually Charlie’s mother decides to send him to spend the summer with his paternal grandparents in Washington, D.C. She believes it will help both of them heal. At first, Charlie is quite reluctant to leave his best friends CJ and Skinny, but soon he enjoys sp ...more
There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the same punch in the gut--and even though it takes place three decades ago, Chuck's story will be just as relatable and accessible to my students.
I felt quite emotional reading this one--probably because 1) Like Chuc ...more