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Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can’t nobody stop you/
can’t nobody cop you…
In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER, soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.
This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match!
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on April 5, 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0544570987
ISBN-13: 9780544570986
3 Book Reviews
  • fblreggie13
    fblreggie13Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 11:11 am33 stars
    i decided to read this book because i wanted to find out what gos on in this book about the boys life what is he gonna do with his life with soccer and how eveyone cheers him on about his goal he made.
    • drawinglife101
      drawinglife101Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 2:25 pm44 stars
      I'm loving this book it pretends you are the character.
      • kaaaaaaii
        kaaaaaaiiThursday, December 1, 2016 at 9:59 am55 stars
        I decided to read this book because I like playing soccer and actually play it 2 seasons during the school year. This book is mainly about a boy named " nick hall ". This boy who is very good at soccer, He is actually a STAR at soccer. He is cruising in school and he is all ready to ask out the girl of his dreams.

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