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
This is a review of the ARC.
The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought.
The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander's masterful The Crossover: it was all sound and feeling, energy and zip, breathlessly exciting poetry. I pulled the book to my chest. "I want to savor this," I thought.
Then I got to the first comic, which, in the ARC, is ...more
I probably owe Kwame Alexander $10. Or an autographed Harlem Globetrotters basketball. Because he makes me look like the best librarian ever when he writes books like this that I can casually hand off to kids who have no idea what's about to hit them. Like Crossover, Rebound is disguised as an easily read novel in verse about basketball. DO NOT LET THAT FACADE FOOL YOU. It's a roller coaster ride, slamming the reader through twists and turns of family and friendship and childhood and music and g ...more
4.5 stars. Probably Alexander’s best yet- both more consistent (hard to do in a verse novel) and higher peaks. The main thing holding me back from a full 5 stars are some of characters who seem more types than people. Chuck and his Mom are well-wrought but Percy is a bit the Magic Grandparent and CJ and Roxie both seem more like a boy’s idea of The Perfect Girl.
I'm not going to say anything about this book until you've had a chance to read it.
But, I can tell you this. . .I am so happy. . .like so many of you. . .to get in on the "ground floor" with Kwame Alexander. Reading those first books of a shining star of literature for young people.
REBOUND is special. And it hits every post a prequel should hit.
Oh. I've said too much.
First of all, the good:
- Another book that looks and sounds like The Crossover is alright with me.
- Roxie should have her own story!
- I enjoyed seeing Chuck and CJ's relationship blossom.
- The addition of some graphic story panels is awesome and really fitting of Chuck's voice.
- Chuck's grandfather drops more wisdom than I could keep track of. I earmarked his conversation with Chuck after Chuck's run-in with the police. The conversation about surrounding yourself with good teammates. So good!
You know, Chuck,
You’re not always gonna swish.
You gonna miss some.
Heck, you gonna miss a lot.
That’s the way the real world works.
But you gotta grab the ball and
keep shooting. You understand?
I tell you what, though,
you’ll make a lot more
than you miss if
you’re not always going for
the backboard, son.
You got me.
You got your grandmother.
You got Roxie.
You got your mother.
You got all of us,
Kwame “Da Man” Alexander has done it again with his ...more
If your a kid who has hard times but keeps pushing them self,this is a book for you,I noticed in the book that it wasn't only about basketball and that's what I like about Kwame Alexander,he jumps right into problems and then his book he put the character with major problems but at the same time he plays basketball as his escape from all of the thing in his life but what he did in this book is he tried to make the character run away from basketball because that was his problem.So he tried to do ...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