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The Crossover (Graphic Novel)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  412 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Kwame Alexander's The Crossoveris 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 has
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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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
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.
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.
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
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
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer Fischer
The graphic novel version of The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is a title that I have been excited about since I first heard about it! I can say that the graphic novel does not disappoint. The illustrations help the reader gain additional insight into the character of Josh Bell. The contrast between orange, black, and white really makes the images stand out. Some of the pages contain more text than others, but overall there is a great balance between text and illustrations.

The text of the graphic
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.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Group and NetGalley for the ARC of The Crossover (Graphic Novel). All opinions are my own.

I'm a high school English teacher and a BIG fan of Kwame Alexander. His books, especially Rebound and The Crossover, are my go-to recommendations for my "non-readers". The kids pick up The Crossover expecting your run of the mill sports-themed YA novel and instead get a heartfelt and, at times, difficult book on loss.

Needless to say, when I saw that The
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I had not read The Crossover but was very curious about this highly praised book. Although the graphic novel format can be hit or miss with novel interpretations, I was confident that due to the vaunted nature of the source material, the production would be high quality and illustratorn/adapter carefully chosen. Clearly, that is the case here with bold black and orange illustrations flowing around the book's trademark
Kate Waggoner
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
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, to be released 9/24/19. All opinions are my own.

Josh and Jordan are twelve-year-old twins who excel at basketball. Their father is Chuck Bell who played basketball professionally in Italy, and their mother not only runs the house but is also their school vice principal. This book revolves around the Bell family and their connections to each
Sally Kruger
Author Kwame Alexander has teamed up with Dawud Anyabwile to create the graphic novel version of his well-known THE CROSSOVER. The original text is combined with action-packed graphics that enhance the story for Alexander's fans.

Twins Josh and JR Bell are seventh graders who have inherited their Euroleague champion father's basketball skills. Josh is all about the game especially his ability to thrill the audience with his fabulous dunking skill. Although his brother JR is a skilled player as
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Kwame Alexander and fell in love with The Crossover when I read it earlier this year. So when I found out there was to be a graphic novel adaptation, I knew I had to check it out. I believe that this graphic novel will be one that both teens and adults both will enjoy, as Kwame Alexander's story shares valuable life lessons while the beautiful illustrations from Dawud Anyabwile complement the story so well. I can see Josh (aka Filthy McNasty) being a hit in the classroom and in ...more
While I've read other books by Kwame Alexander, I have not read The Crossover in its original form, so I got to come at this title as a new reader and be pleasantly surprised.

The art was phenomenal. The color choices, the detail - I was taken in right away and I can see this imagery appealing to many middle school and YA readers. Unlike a traditional comic book or graphic novel, you don't get speech bubbles and full scenes. The emphasis instead is placed on individual characters and their
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twelve-year-old twin brothers, Josh and Jordan are both basketball stars on their school team. Their father used to be a basketball star before his knee injury. Their mother is their school’s principal and the boss at home. Suddenly, she wants all of them to live a healthy lifestyle and for their dad to go to the doctor. Will she succeed? Will a girl come between the brothers? Award-winning illustrator, Anyabwile brings to life the story of Crossover with detailed, engaging, fitting ...more
This is the first graphic adaptation of a novel-in-verse that I have read. I thought this style worked surprisingly well, but did feel that some of the poetry was lost in the formatting. I liked the illustration style and enjoyed seeing how the characters were depicted on the page. Aside from the original black and white, orange was the only color used for the illustrations. I hate the color orange, but it worked in this graphic novel since orange and black are the colors of a basketball. ...more
Elaine Fultz
Graphic novel version of the Newbery-winning MG novel in verse. I'm not a huge fan of the book in the first place, and this one has the same issues. The voices and the ages, now the illustrations, don't match up. These boys already sounded like teenagers, not tweens, in Crossover, and now they LOOK like teenagers in the GN. Yes, I know there's a range of shapes and sizes of middle schoolers, but I keep getting jolted out of the excellent writing and story when their age is mentioned. Regardless, ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an illustrated version of Alexander's original work, The Crossover. While I liked it a lot, and I think the drawings will appeal to young adults and adolescents, I prefer the original. I feel that the way the text is shown in the original conveys meaning that is now reliant on the pictures alone (not necessarily a bad thing, just not my preference). I really liked the inventive poetic structures the original book included.

The intent of the story remains and is beautiful. Whichever book
Jenn Marshall
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-comics
I can see this being a huge hit with my students. Kwame Alexander's books are loved because of the way he writes. The short lyrical lines really resonate with my kids. This book combines all of their favorite things; his writing style and pictures.

It isn't your typical graphic novel. There aren't pages of panels with dialogue. You have all of the lines from Crossover with pictures. It is the perfect blend of novel and comic. I can't wait for this to be available for purchase. I have already
Ms. Yingling
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The Crossover was great, and I really thought it would win the Newbery. I think the only award it might have gotten was a Cybil, if I recall correctly. I have several copies, it circulates really well, but it's already so short that I am a little confused as to why there is even a graphic novel version.

I didn't take the time to compare the text in the two versions. I will definitely buy a copy, and it will be constantly checked out, but I just don't care for pictures.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This graphic novel version of The Crossover was like reading a whole new book! It's been a while since I read the novel version, but the explosion of black and orange color and dynamic images were a beautiful surprise. Sometimes I think graphic versions of books are easier to read, but this felt labor intensive as there were many words on each page, divided into borderless horizontal sections that felt very different than graphic novel boxes. I think this will be very popular with many readers, ...more
Ode to Anyabwile who effortlessly and perfectly translates the book into visual art. The choices of the black, white, and orange is phenomenal to connect it to basketball but also illustratively sound. Likewise, the stylings of the font choice and word placement as well as the body language of the characters is what makes the book (even though Alexander's words are amazing), it elevates the story.

An excellent choice to make this into a graphic novel and the story is so easily translatable to
Beth Huddleston
Oh my goodness! The artwork just enhances Kwame Alexander's The Crossover so well. As you can see from the cover, the only color is orange like a basketball while everything else is black and white even though relationships and family nothing is simply black and white. So good!
Reading in the Middle Grades (Stacey DeCotis)
The graphic novel version of Kwame Alexander's book brings a different dimension to readers as you get to know Filthy and his twin JB. I loved the illustrations and can't wait to hold the hard copy in my hand when it comes out. A favorite of middle grade readers will not be left on the shelves for too long!

*This was a sample, I cannot wait to read this graphic novel in entirety. I will be pre-ordering several copies!
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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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