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The Crossover

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4.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,329 ratings  ·  273 reviews
Kwame Alexander's The Crossover is brought to life as a graphic novel with illustrations by Dawud Anyabwile. 

"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 ha
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome! Personally I think that I like it better than the original because you could see the characters and their emotions and you didn't have to imagine them and personally I can make better connections with people in the book if I can see them. I also really like a graphic novel so the style of the book was amazing I would recommend this book to anyone who has read crossover, its 218 pages, and a quick read.
Clare Lund
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredible graphic novel adaptation of a student favorite! I know this will be another book I just can't keep on the library shelves. Ages 10 and up.
Jay G
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5/5 Stars

Josh and Jordan Bell are twelve-year-old twin brothers. Their father was a semi-pro basketball player nicknamed "Da Man". He passed down his basketball knowledge to his boys, also talented up and coming players. As the boys grow up, Jordan's eyes stray away from basketball and move towards a girl leaving Jo
I was very, very curious (and, honestly, excited) to see how a novel-in-verse would be adapted into graphic form. So, while I was reading this, I also read the original so I could check the text for changes. As far as I can tell, the only change is that a reference to a girl's butt being big became a reference to her mouth being big. I don't quite understand why that change was made, but okay. Other than that, all of the poems were rendered faithfully in the spaces between drawings. This wasn't ...more
Dawud Anyabwile's illustrations are beautiful, so I hate to say it, but I think I missed out by reading the graphic novel rather than the original verse structure. I didn't have a sense of the individual poems--of where they started and ended and how they look on the page--so I think some of the meaning was lost.

In any case, this is a compelling story about being a teammate and a brother. It's a go-to recommendation for students who don't consider themselves readers, especially if they play spor
Bernadette Kearns
I have a feeling that this graphic novel version will be a big hit with my 6th grade students. The illustrations add another dimension to the story, but I have to admit that I actually missed the clean look of the verse and white space.
Jayden S.
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Crossover in graphic novel form was by far way better than in poetry form. Even though it is the same story and the same exact events, seeing the pictures of every happening helps you illustrate a better picture in your mind and see how the characters fit their descriptions. I loved this book the same as the previous Crossover content-wise and still would recommend it to anyone especially for people who are basketball lovers and know the game well. It has a great plot and never makes you bor ...more
Bethany Parker
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I adore Kwame. I've read each of his books at least 5 times aloud, so I knew the story-line of this. The graphic novel is almost identical in text, just with illustrations throughout. I wouldn't recommend reading it if you've already read the regular version. I found that the original version is great for readers with low-motivation, as it's written in verse. So, this version must be for readers VERY little motivation.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cry everytime I read this book. Now in graphic novel format, I still cry.
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC!

I adored Kwame Alexander's The Crossover a few years back. As a person who has very little interest in sports, I loved the way Alexander wove sports and family together through his beautiful poems. I loved the Bell family, I loved Josh's narration, and there was also something about the twists and turns in Alexander's prose that just had me completely head-over-heels.

This graphic novel version of The Crossover may even be better than the original. Havi
This was fantastic! You could really feel the energy and the emotions in this graphic novel which is an adaptation of the original novel with the same name. I think kids will love this book.

This is not your typical graphic novel with text boxes, this graphic novel’s illustrations and text fill up the entire page. Whether the page includes one illustration or four, it is the exact amount that is needed to get the point across. With varying sizes of text, you will find yourself catching the rhythm
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Group and NetGalley for sharing an advance copy of The Crossover (Graphic Novel) by Kwame Alexander in exchange for an honest review of the book.

This graphic novel is based on Kwame Alexander’s 2015 Newbery Medal winner. The text in this version remains in free verse and the orange and black images make the story pop. Reluctant readers will love reading this book and it might even entice them to pick up some of his other fantastic free verse
Sara Riggle
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Now I know what all the fuss was about when several of my students kept checking it out at our school library. This is my first time reading a graphic novel, and I picked a good one. I love how the illustrator made the words (written in verse) as part of the illustrations. The Crossover is an excellent read for middle school readers, especially those who love basketball. I feel this novel is very relatable to boys that have a sibling close in age, as the main character has a twin brother. It is ...more
Please see my 5 star review of the original novel in verse here Although I enjoyed this version of Alexander's story it just didn't read as a graphic novel at all to me. This takes nothing from Anyabwile's illustrations and limited colour palette which are excellent but I think that the structure of the poems themselves meant that there was little space room for creative play with regards to pace frame and spread. I realise that for many readers the illustrative element of the novel could be the ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, this started out a bit difficult for me with the transition from poetry to prose and the basketball focus. But about halfway, when it made the transition to more story and character development, it turned around. I won't say a lot because ... spoilers. But it's not a big surprise for the most part. I'm not sure that I will go out and read the book version or even continue if they release graphic novels for the other parts of the series. But it was a better read than I had originally thought.
The ending wrecckkeddd me!

I didn't think it was gonna be like that! How could you do that to us, Mr. Alexander???

Also, I tried to read this book in it's original verse form. But I just couldn't get through it. But this version was easier for me to get through. This is a great book for pre-teens who are struggling with the changes in their lives and their friends lives as new things/people take priority over past people and hobbies.
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of my favorite graphic novels I've read so far. You could almost feel how the brothers felt towards each other and towards their dad. The book has a good concept, interesting characters, and also makes you feel connected to the characters. The book is a graphic novel, but still feels like a book that keeps you interested. It's a very good story, and I also loved the prequel of this book. This book series is a sad and fun read, and I'd recommend it to almost all readers.
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kwame Alexander's writing is breathtaking. This is such a beautiful story about family and being a basketball player that was exciting, heart-warming and heart-wrenching all at the same time. I loved the family dynamics and how sibling relationship was portrayed. Dawud Anyabwile's illustrations are also beautiful and perfectly fits to the story. I recommend.
I loved the original Crossover but this graphic novel adaptation is also wonderful! The art is so bold and I LOVE the way the lettering plays with size/shape/placement of words to really capture the rhythm of the poems/raps.
Kayla Smith
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: t2
This book is about twins that love to play basketball like their dad who was really good at basketball and was called "Da Man." The twins Jordan and Josh are in middle school and they play basketball every change they get in till Jordan gets a girlfriend and basketball isn't that important anymore. Jordan and Jose's dad is sick and refuses to go see a doctor and because of that thing don't turn out good. This book is full of family, friends, siblings, relationships and basketball. I really liked ...more
Alex  Baugh
I was apprehensive about this graphic novel because I love the novel in verse version of it, but the graphics give it a whole new feel and really captures the characters and the poetry just jumps out at you. This is a book not to be missed.
Same text and awesome illustrations that make it better than the original.
Diana Parker
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an awesome book!
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent story made even better.
Esther Keller
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tween-comics, sports
Look out for my review on Good Comics for Kids. ...more
Hannah Rawnsley
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn’t put it down!
Stephanie Chavira
This was a read-a-loud with my two sons 11 and 7 years old. FANTASTIC! They loved the poetic/rap writing style. This was a graphic novel, the pictures were fun, and relevant. My boys loved seeing Lebron James and MJ. My sons could relate to the relationship between the brothers, and their passion for sports.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel version of The Crossover was so mesmerizing that I read it cover to cover as if I didn’t already know the story. The color and graphics add SO much to the story. So very well done.
Michele Knott
I definitely like the novel in verse version better, but I think it’s fun to have this format to offer readers as well.
Sophie Crane
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, giveaway, sports
A Very Good YA book written in the style of a poem.
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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 Passaic Poetry Prize. Kwame writes for children ...more

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