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Dad demands (and thinks it’s best).

Mom competes (but yearns for more).

Coby dribbles (and is there for his friend).

April teases (but might be interested).

Mr. Mac throws (rhymes and stories).

Mrs. Hardwick bores (but means well).

Dean and Don push (and pummel).

Life happens (both good and bad).

And through it all, Nick grows (a little).

And that’s why Kwame Alexander kills it (with his newest novel).

I loved it (and you will too).

— Daniel Goldin

"Like a whirling soccer ball, twelve year old Nick's life is spiraling out of control. Tough spins in his life include how his dad wants him to love words and books the way he does, and how his mom and dad don't get along anymore. Nick's bright lights are a girl named April, his best friend Coby, and a book loving rapper school librarian. Told in verses, soccer and books weave through Nick's days. Readers will cheer as Nick gradually starts to go along with the twists in his changing life, and comes to see the value in books and words." --Barbara

— From Barbara's Staff Recommendations


National Book Award Long List
New York Times Bestseller

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.

Coverage from NPR

Product Details
ISBN: 9780544570986
ISBN-10: 0544570987
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: April 5th, 2016
Pages: 320
Language: English