The challenge here is to think of what to say that has not already been said about The Crossover, winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal. It is a delicious novel in verse that’s chock full of beautiful language, basketball scenes that spring to life, and rich family dynamics. It has captured the hearts of both reluctant and voracious middle grade readers. It allows teachers and librarians to hook kids just by reading the first few pages. (all of which has already been said, but is also worth repeating)
It has also given the kid lit world an amazing ambassador in author Kwame Alexander. If you haven’t already, you should really follow him on Twitter. And you should listen to him read from The Crossover here and watch his interview with Time for Kids Magazine. And then put the book in some kids’ hands and watch the magic.