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2015 Newbery Medal Winner
2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner
New York Times Bestseller



"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," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander.


Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published on March 18, 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0544107713
ISBN-13: 9780544107717
74 Book Reviews
  • gandradee
    gandradee5 months55 stars
    This book was amazing! I don't normally read poetry, and it was the first book in that style I had read in years, but it was worth it! Josh "Filthy McNasty" and Jordan "JB" Bell dedicated most of their lives to basketball, taking after their father Chuck "Da Man" Bell who was a former pro player. They have done so as a team until the twins meet Alexis (more commonly known as "Miss Sweet Tea" here) and JB falls in love. In a fit on the court after JB calls him filthy as an insult, he hits him in the face with a ball, and they don't speak for a while. His mom decides to suspend him from the team after the incident. To add on to that problem, their parents tell them the reason Chuck retired was because of heart problems, and refused to see a doctor. His symptoms had started appearing again and he had to go to the hospital on multiple occasions. With an ailing father, a stressed mother, and a furious brother, Josh doesn't know what to do. Will the two brothers get over the hardships and fix their bond? Find out in The Crossover!
    • mermaidkylee
      mermaidkylee6 months55 stars
      it is very dirsticpitive
      • lovetoread26
        lovetoread26about 1 year55 stars
        I wasn’t sure at first if I would like this book! It was written in a style I don’t normally read, and I don’t really like basketball. But this book wasn’t at all what I expected! Josh Bell plays basketball. So does his twin brother JB. Their dad is the famous basketball star Chuck Bell. Josh and JB were very close until JB meets Alexis, or “Miss Sweet Tea”, and dedicates all his time to her. Josh gets mad at JB, and he throws a basketball at his face. JB won’t speak to Josh, and then their dad goes to the hospital. Josh and JB make it through the sadness and worry and become close again. Don’t judge a book by its cover! (Or it’s length!)
        • sarale1920
          sarale1920over 1 year
          Have you dribbled a ball? Have you stepped between the lines on the court? Have you gotten that feeling when you run so fast you can feel the wind against your face, legs, and your whole body? In my book The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, one of the main characters Josh faces some consequences after what he did. The setting is mainly at the basketball court and just play basketball or at his house. Josh and his twin brother don’t really get along unless they play basketball. During this one basketball game, Josh had the ball and was going to pass to Jordan, but Josh's nickname is Filthy McNasty. So just before Josh was going to pass to Jordan, Jordan said can you just give me the ball Filthy McNasty? When Josh was so mad he threw the ball at Jordan as hard as he could and after that Jordan got a bloody nose. That night his mom suspended Josh from the team. Josh’s, again and again, is when people always call him Filthy McNasty and he will tell them to stop but he knows that will never happen. If you like basketball I think you would really like this book. It’s not too easy or too hard. It’s a little like a poem. It’s interesting if you like basketball. So if you like a just-right read, poems, and basketball this book is for you definitely.
          • glowinq_stxrs
            glowinq_stxrsover 1 year55 stars
            This book is very interesting because this book is different than any type of book.
            • a-panda
              a-pandaalmost 2 years44 stars
              I love this book. It is a novel in verse(that means poems!). I read it for school and I want to read more of this author's books.
              • sofi_juarez
                sofi_juarezover 2 years55 stars
                I read this book for a book club and I was hooked to it. Even if the book 's ending wasn't really great, it was still really good.
                • PanchoBeast2013over 2 years
                  This was a really good book i recommend it for people who like basketball
                  • tcwgaming
                    tcwgamingalmost 3 years55 stars
                    This amazing book is a mix of poetry and rap. It is about Josh Bell and his brother Jordan Bell (JB). This book is about their strive to become better basketball players like their dad, who was an NBA player. Now for those who watch NBA, Jordan Bell is now one of the best players in the league. In this book Josh is trying to improve his shot and crossover. Every time during a game when he misses a shot, his dad makes him go to the rec. and work on free throws.
                    • sarale1920
                      sarale1920over 1 year
                      I agree with you! This review is very well written. I read the book and everything you said is right!
                    • Mr. Shafferalmost 3 years
                      This is a moving book of poetry that basketball fans with love. The movement of the poems captures the action on and off the court in this emotional story.