The Crossover: Graphic Novel

By: Kwame Alexander

"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks…The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. ’Cuz tonight I’m delivering," raps twelve-year-old Josh Bell. Thanks to their dad, he and his twin brother, Jordan, are kings on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood—he's got mad beats, too, which help him find his rhythm when it’s all on the line.

See the Bell family in a whole new light through Dawud Anyabwile's dynamic illustrations as the brothers' winning season unfolds, and the world as they know it begins to change.

Two-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781328960016

JLG Release: Jan 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Basketball , Twins , Brothers , Fathers and sons , African Americans , Middle schools , Sibling rivalry , Competition , Graphic novels

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Awards & Honors

Kirkus Best Books - 2019

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews*, The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

A fresh look at the Newbery Medal–winning book, still told in verse but now stunningly illustrated by Anyabwile. Josh and Jordan Bell are 12-year-old twins who have each other’s backs, on and off the basketball court. With the support of their loving parents, they’re on track for an amazing season, hoping to claim the championship trophy for A fresh look at the Newbery Medal–winning book, still told in verse but now stunningly illustrated by Anyabwile. Josh and Jordan Bell are 12-year-old twins who have each other’s backs, on and off the basketball court. With the support of their loving parents, they’re on track for an amazing season, hoping to claim the championship trophy for their junior high. But everything changes, and the boys and their family find themselves on the brink of a crisis. Basketball is important to the novel, with the brothers’ rivalry and game action fueling many of the poems. But the heart of the story is the joy and heartbreak of family love. In this graphic novel/prose hybrid, characters are sympathetically drawn and distinct. The text is thoughtfully positioned and sized, moving the narrative quickly along and complementing the energetic artwork, which is rendered in grayscale with burnt orange accents. With lively poems that use basketball as a metaphor for life, this mix of free verse, hip-hop, and powerful artwork will resonate with fans of the original book and inspire a new audience of nascent players, artists, and poets.

Horn Book

Alexander’s Newbery Medal–winning verse novel of the same name (rev. 5/14), about African American twins and middle-school b-ballers Josh and JB Bell, is an ideal choice for graphic-novel adaptation, with its on-court action, swagger¬ing narrative voice, and poignant emotional pitches. Anyabwile’s (of Alexan¬der’s Rebound, rev. 7/1 Alexander’s Newbery Medal–winning verse novel of the same name (rev. 5/14), about African American twins and middle-school b-ballers Josh and JB Bell, is an ideal choice for graphic-novel adaptation, with its on-court action, swagger¬ing narrative voice, and poignant emotional pitches. Anyabwile’s (of Alexan¬der’s Rebound, rev. 7/18, and the graphic novel version of Walter Dean Myers’s Monster) angular, comics-style illustrations in shades of black and white—and, appropriately for a basketball story, orange—dynamically share space on the pages with the hand-lettered-looking text. Every mid-game scuffle, fast break, and “KERPLUNK / TO THE FLOOR. FOUL” comes alive in the motion-filled art. Yet the same goes for the story’s more tender social interactions (“and just like that JB and the new girl are sipping sweet tea together”), moments of familial intimacy, and later scenes of heartbreak surrounding the boys’ father. The original novel’s success mingling accessible poetry with basketball, middle-school dynam¬ics, and Black boyhood is reinforced by Anyabwile’s impressive visual interpreta¬tion.

Book Details

ISBN

9781328960016

First Release

January 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/3" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

224

Accelerated Reader

Level 4; Points: 2;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Basketball, Twins, Brothers, Fathers and sons, African Americans, Middle schools, Sibling rivalry, Competition, Graphic novels,

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