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Kwame Alexander's The Crossover is brought to life as a graphic novel with illustrations by Dawud Anyabwile.  "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," raps twelve-year-old Josh Bell. Thanks to their dad, he and his twin brother, Jordan, are kings on the court. But Josh has more than ba Kwame Alexander's The Crossover is brought to life as a graphic novel with illustrations by Dawud Anyabwile.  "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," raps twelve-year-old Josh Bell. Thanks to their dad, he and his twin brother, Jordan, are kings on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood—he's got mad beats, too, which help him find his rhythm when it’s all on the line. See the Bell family in a whole new light through Dawud Anyabwile's illustrations as the brothers' winning season unfolds, and the world as they know it begins to change.


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Kwame Alexander's The Crossover is brought to life as a graphic novel with illustrations by Dawud Anyabwile.  "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," raps twelve-year-old Josh Bell. Thanks to their dad, he and his twin brother, Jordan, are kings on the court. But Josh has more than ba Kwame Alexander's The Crossover is brought to life as a graphic novel with illustrations by Dawud Anyabwile.  "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," raps twelve-year-old Josh Bell. Thanks to their dad, he and his twin brother, Jordan, are kings on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood—he's got mad beats, too, which help him find his rhythm when it’s all on the line. See the Bell family in a whole new light through Dawud Anyabwile's illustrations as the brothers' winning season unfolds, and the world as they know it begins to change.

30 review for The Crossover

  1. 5 out of 5

    Clare Lund

    Incredible graphic novel adaptation of a student favorite! I know this will be another book I just can't keep on the library shelves. Ages 10 and up.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bernadette Kearns

    I have a feeling that this graphic novel version will be a big hit with my 6th grade students. The illustrations add another dimension to the story, but I have to admit that I actually missed the clean look of the verse and white space.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I was very, very curious (and, honestly, excited) to see how a novel-in-verse would be adapted into graphic form. So, while I was reading this, I also read the original so I could check the text for changes. As far as I can tell, the only change is that a reference to a girl's butt being big became a reference to her mouth being big. I don't quite understand why that change was made, but okay. Other than that, all of the poems were rendered faithfully in the spaces between drawings. This wasn't I was very, very curious (and, honestly, excited) to see how a novel-in-verse would be adapted into graphic form. So, while I was reading this, I also read the original so I could check the text for changes. As far as I can tell, the only change is that a reference to a girl's butt being big became a reference to her mouth being big. I don't quite understand why that change was made, but okay. Other than that, all of the poems were rendered faithfully in the spaces between drawings. This wasn't a traditionally paneled graphic novel, but it was still clearly a graphic novel and not an illustrated edition. I really loved the energy of the artwork; the use of color (orange, shades of black, and blank paper) was wonderful. My big negative was how much I missed the creative use of formatting and blank space in the original book. I don't think it would have been possible to recreate all the formatting, and the artwork kind of takes over the work that the formatting did, but it's not the same and it upset me a little. Format is really important to poetry, and I just missed it is all. Still, gorgeous.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    Thank you to the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Group and NetGalley for sharing an advance copy of The Crossover (Graphic Novel) by Kwame Alexander in exchange for an honest review of the book. This graphic novel is based on Kwame Alexander’s 2015 Newbery Medal winner. The text in this version remains in free verse and the orange and black images make the story pop. Reluctant readers will love reading this book and it might even entice them to pick up some of his other fantastic free verse Thank you to the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Group and NetGalley for sharing an advance copy of The Crossover (Graphic Novel) by Kwame Alexander in exchange for an honest review of the book. This graphic novel is based on Kwame Alexander’s 2015 Newbery Medal winner. The text in this version remains in free verse and the orange and black images make the story pop. Reluctant readers will love reading this book and it might even entice them to pick up some of his other fantastic free verse titles. I just received two copies of the book for my middle school library and am going to rush them to the shelf. Kwame Alexander is very popular in my building and I’m sure this will fly off the shelf and rarely make it back. The story revolves around Josh and Jordan Bell and their life through basketball, girls, hip-hop, and family. The free verse form is easy to read and uses just enough pop culture references to make it fun for middle schoolers. My students love his other novels and I’m sure this graphic novel will be a big hit too. #TheCrossoverGraphicNovel #NetGalley

  5. 5 out of 5

    KSS

    The ending wrecckkeddd me! I didn't think it was gonna be like that! How could you do that to us, Mr. Alexander??? Also, I tried to read this book in it's original verse form. But I just couldn't get through it. But this version was easier for me to get through. This is a great book for pre-teens who are struggling with the changes in their lives and their friends lives as new things/people take priority over past people and hobbies.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Renata

    I loved the original Crossover but this graphic novel adaptation is also wonderful! The art is so bold and I LOVE the way the lettering plays with size/shape/placement of words to really capture the rhythm of the poems/raps.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Diana Parker

    This is an awesome book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alex Baugh

    I was apprehensive about this graphic novel because I love the novel in verse version of it, but the graphics give it a whole new feel and really captures the characters and the poetry just jumps out at you. This is a book not to be missed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Same text and awesome illustrations that make it better than the original.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    This graphic novel version of The Crossover was so mesmerizing that I read it cover to cover as if I didn’t already know the story. The color and graphics add SO much to the story. So very well done.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Fischer

    The graphic novel version of The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is a title that I have been excited about since I first heard about it! I can say that the graphic novel does not disappoint. The illustrations help the reader gain additional insight into the character of Josh Bell. The contrast between orange, black, and white really makes the images stand out. Some of the pages contain more text than others, but overall there is a great balance between text and illustrations. The text of The graphic novel version of The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is a title that I have been excited about since I first heard about it! I can say that the graphic novel does not disappoint. The illustrations help the reader gain additional insight into the character of Josh Bell. The contrast between orange, black, and white really makes the images stand out. Some of the pages contain more text than others, but overall there is a great balance between text and illustrations. The text of the graphic novel remains true to the original novel in verse. I appreciate the way that higher level vocabulary is included in the text. The words are often defined and then used again in multiple sentences so that readers can gain a better understanding of the term. Conversely, there is also a good amount of "trash talking" between the narrator and his brother as they play basketball, make bets, and simply live life. I think that the balance will keep readers entertained while still providing opportunities to learn new words. I believe that fans of the novel will also enjoy the graphic novel. At the same time, the graphic novel may encourage new readers to pick up the novel. I work as a middle school librarian and acquired a copy of The Crossover novel at the end of last school year, but have not been able to successfully encourage kids to pick it up yet. I will definitely be acquiring this graphic novel because I KNOW that it will circulate well (all my graphic novels do) and I hope that it will encourage students to pick up some of Kwame Alexander's novels. I received a sample copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. #TheCrossoverGraphicNovel #NetGalley

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I cry everytime I read this book. Now in graphic novel format, I still cry.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Thank you Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Group and NetGalley for the ARC of The Crossover (Graphic Novel). All opinions are my own. I'm a high school English teacher and a BIG fan of Kwame Alexander. His books, especially Rebound and The Crossover, are my go-to recommendations for my "non-readers". The kids pick up The Crossover expecting your run of the mill sports-themed YA novel and instead get a heartfelt and, at times, difficult book on loss. Needless to say, when I saw tha Thank you Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Group and NetGalley for the ARC of The Crossover (Graphic Novel). All opinions are my own. I'm a high school English teacher and a BIG fan of Kwame Alexander. His books, especially Rebound and The Crossover, are my go-to recommendations for my "non-readers". The kids pick up The Crossover expecting your run of the mill sports-themed YA novel and instead get a heartfelt and, at times, difficult book on loss. Needless to say, when I saw that The Crossover was becoming a graphic novel, I jumped at the opportunity to read it. I loved that Rebound had some panels of graphic novel in it, especially in the parts with basketball. (My one nitpicky thing with Alexander is that I don't love his way of writing basketball scenes, but that just might be because I'm a twenty-something female who doesn't like the sport.) SPOILERS BELOW (view spoiler)[ Pros: Alexander's writing is beautiful enough already, but the pictures in the graphic novel version truly wrap the reader into the world of Josh and Jordan Bell. As I mentioned before, I don't love the basketball scenes in The Crossover - to me, they fall flat. The illustrations in this graphic novel version make me more interested in those basketball moments. Beyond this, in the original text, I accidentally zoomed past Charlie's death - whoops. I think the illustration of the newspaper article on Charlie's death was more impactful since it actually looks like a newspaper and I took a moment to pause and read it. Cons: If you're expecting a traditional graphic novel in the form of graphic novel contemporaries like Spiegelman and Bechdel, you'll be disappointed in The Crossover graphic novel. There aren't panels, narration boxes, or speech bubbles. The graphic novel is essentially the same as the original The Crossover, just with drawings around it. If you wanted to be really critical minded, I suppose this is more of an illustrated memoir than a graphic novel. TL;DR: Truly beautiful and moving graphic novel about basketball, family, and loss. Still, I probably wouldn't recommend buying the graphic novel if I owned the original text - there's not much of a difference. (Despite getting a digital ARC, I'll for sure be buying this for my classroom library.) (hide spoiler)]

  14. 4 out of 5

    Online Eccentric Librarian

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ I had not read The Crossover but was very curious about this highly praised book. Although the graphic novel format can be hit or miss with novel interpretations, I was confident that due to the vaunted nature of the source material, the production would be high quality and illustratorn/adapter carefully chosen. Clearly, that is the case here with bold black and orange illustrations flowing around the book's trademark verse. If the text is a bit blocky More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ I had not read The Crossover but was very curious about this highly praised book. Although the graphic novel format can be hit or miss with novel interpretations, I was confident that due to the vaunted nature of the source material, the production would be high quality and illustratorn/adapter carefully chosen. Clearly, that is the case here with bold black and orange illustrations flowing around the book's trademark verse. If the text is a bit blocky and close together, making it hard to read, it does nicely add a further graphical element of its own to accompany the illustration work. The verses are the star here and the illustration work plays around them. Words are carefully chosen and then placed in each verse to create emphasis and effect. Unusual kerning, leading, and size of each letter makes the words seem more like a rap song lyrics than as poetry. The illustrations take a strong back seat to the words and at no time do they ever overshadow or attempt to be the star attraction of each page. They are clean with an emphasis on characterization and punching emotion. Each page focuses on the verse and then there are sparse little vignettes next to words, each image clearly focused on person, item, or emotion with very little in the way of background details. The illustration work is two color - black and orange. The basketball shade of orange is an accent color that is most often used as a blanket background or frame. This keeps the emphasis on the drawings and how they evoke the emotion of the verse. Alexander clearly did something remarkable here - giving us a heartfelt story of a family, their love of the game of basketball, their foibles and weaknesses, and all told in a rap-poetry set of verses. The words feel authentic and it is not hard to imagine this inner monologue of two young 13-year old boys. In all, very well done. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kate Waggoner

    Thank you to the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Group and NetGalley for sharing an advance copy of The Crossover (Graphic Novel) by Kwame Alexander, to be released 9/24/19. All opinions are my own. Josh and Jordan are twelve-year-old twins who excel at basketball. Their father is Chuck Bell who played basketball professionally in Italy, and their mother not only runs the house but is also their school vice principal. This book revolves around the Bell family and their connections to each o Thank you to the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Group and NetGalley for sharing an advance copy of The Crossover (Graphic Novel) by Kwame Alexander, to be released 9/24/19. All opinions are my own. Josh and Jordan are twelve-year-old twins who excel at basketball. Their father is Chuck Bell who played basketball professionally in Italy, and their mother not only runs the house but is also their school vice principal. This book revolves around the Bell family and their connections to each other. Josh’s mom is worried about his father’s health, and Josh is worried about his brother’s new relationship. Will Josh’s dad visit a doctor? Will a girl come between Josh and Jordan? Will the boys be able to achieve their basketball dreams? Ultimately, what will become of the Bell family? Read The Crossover to find out. The graphic novel version of The Crossover is told in the same lyrical style as Alexander’s original book. The short lyrical style reads like a rap song and draws the reader in. The illustrations have a consistent color palette: black, white, gray, and orange. The color palette enhances the overall aesthetic of the novel and one of the primary topics of the book: basketball. As a teacher, I like that Alexander uses vocabulary words throughout the book. He provides the pronunciation and the part of speech and then a definition that connects the word back to the story. For example, hypertension which is what Josh’s grandfather died from and what his mother is afraid his father will also die of. I really appreciated the section titled “Second Person.” This passage is about Filthy missing having his brother by his side, but it is also written in second person adding to the overall effect of the piece. I enjoyed the wit and humor of the book as well as the overall messages about hard work and family. My students love graphic novels and many also enjoy basketball. I’m sure this will be a hit in my classroom.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sally Kruger

    Author Kwame Alexander has teamed up with Dawud Anyabwile to create the graphic novel version of his well-known THE CROSSOVER. The original text is combined with action-packed graphics that enhance the story for Alexander's fans. Twins Josh and JR Bell are seventh graders who have inherited their Euroleague champion father's basketball skills. Josh is all about the game especially his ability to thrill the audience with his fabulous dunking skill. Although his brother JR is a skilled Author Kwame Alexander has teamed up with Dawud Anyabwile to create the graphic novel version of his well-known THE CROSSOVER. The original text is combined with action-packed graphics that enhance the story for Alexander's fans. Twins Josh and JR Bell are seventh graders who have inherited their Euroleague champion father's basketball skills. Josh is all about the game especially his ability to thrill the audience with his fabulous dunking skill. Although his brother JR is a skilled player as well, his attention has been focused elsewhere lately. JR has discovered girls. Namely, one girl in particular, and their budding romance is an irritation for Josh. Alexis has distracted JR from his brother, prepping for the game, and even his school work. Josh's anger is building toward his brother and may threaten the team's performance. Another distraction for both the brothers is their father's health. The former basketball star suffers from hypertension and recently the chest pains that usually accompany heart disease. Fearful of hospitals and doctors since his own father's death, ignoring his symptoms may be leading to serious consequences. Fans of Kwame Alexander will love this graphic novel version of THE CROSSOVER. It also helps make reading Alexander's work more accessible for less experienced readers. Pick up a copy today!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dre

    I am a big fan of Kwame Alexander and fell in love with The Crossover when I read it earlier this year. So when I found out there was to be a graphic novel adaptation, I knew I had to check it out. I believe that this graphic novel will be one that both teens and adults both will enjoy, as Kwame Alexander's story shares valuable life lessons while the beautiful illustrations from Dawud Anyabwile complement the story so well. I can see Josh (aka Filthy McNasty) being a hit in the classroom and in I am a big fan of Kwame Alexander and fell in love with The Crossover when I read it earlier this year. So when I found out there was to be a graphic novel adaptation, I knew I had to check it out. I believe that this graphic novel will be one that both teens and adults both will enjoy, as Kwame Alexander's story shares valuable life lessons while the beautiful illustrations from Dawud Anyabwile complement the story so well. I can see Josh (aka Filthy McNasty) being a hit in the classroom and in the homes of many. I will be purchasing copies for my son, my nephews, and other children in my life once The Crossover is published! I can't wait to read the finished copy. Major thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Group and Netgalley for an advanced copy sampler in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    While I've read other books by Kwame Alexander, I have not read The Crossover in its original form, so I got to come at this title as a new reader and be pleasantly surprised. The art was phenomenal. The color choices, the detail - I was taken in right away and I can see this imagery appealing to many middle school and YA readers. Unlike a traditional comic book or graphic novel, you don't get speech bubbles and full scenes. The emphasis instead is placed on individual characters and While I've read other books by Kwame Alexander, I have not read The Crossover in its original form, so I got to come at this title as a new reader and be pleasantly surprised. The art was phenomenal. The color choices, the detail - I was taken in right away and I can see this imagery appealing to many middle school and YA readers. Unlike a traditional comic book or graphic novel, you don't get speech bubbles and full scenes. The emphasis instead is placed on individual characters and their movement on the page, as well as the text of the poetry itself. I read this title in sampler form (about 25% of the final page count), so I'm looking forward to reading the rest! I received a free digital copy of this title through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jolene

    Dawud Anyabwile's illustrations are beautiful, so I hate to say it, but I think I missed out by reading the graphic novel rather than the original verse structure. I didn't have a sense of the individual poems--of where they started and ended and how they look on the page--so I think some of the meaning was lost. In any case, this is a compelling story about being a teammate and a brother. It's a go-to recommendation for students who don't consider themselves readers, especially if they play sports. They Dawud Anyabwile's illustrations are beautiful, so I hate to say it, but I think I missed out by reading the graphic novel rather than the original verse structure. I didn't have a sense of the individual poems--of where they started and ended and how they look on the page--so I think some of the meaning was lost. In any case, this is a compelling story about being a teammate and a brother. It's a go-to recommendation for students who don't consider themselves readers, especially if they play sports. They always want to go on to the sequel. What more can you ask for from a YA read?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Twelve-year-old twin brothers, Josh and Jordan are both basketball stars on their school team. Their father used to be a basketball star before his knee injury. Their mother is their school’s principal and the boss at home. Suddenly, she wants all of them to live a healthy lifestyle and for their dad to go to the doctor. Will she succeed? Will a girl come between the brothers? Award-winning illustrator, Anyabwile brings to life the story of Crossover with detailed, engaging, fitting illustration Twelve-year-old twin brothers, Josh and Jordan are both basketball stars on their school team. Their father used to be a basketball star before his knee injury. Their mother is their school’s principal and the boss at home. Suddenly, she wants all of them to live a healthy lifestyle and for their dad to go to the doctor. Will she succeed? Will a girl come between the brothers? Award-winning illustrator, Anyabwile brings to life the story of Crossover with detailed, engaging, fitting illustrations that will bring this book to a wider audience. The characters are likable and easy to relate to. Together, the two stay true to the cherished narrative. This is a sure win for fans of graphic novels and spots.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This is the first graphic adaptation of a novel-in-verse that I have read. I thought this style worked surprisingly well, but did feel that some of the poetry was lost in the formatting. I liked the illustration style and enjoyed seeing how the characters were depicted on the page. Aside from the original black and white, orange was the only color used for the illustrations. I hate the color orange, but it worked in this graphic novel since orange and black are the colors of a basketball. Overal This is the first graphic adaptation of a novel-in-verse that I have read. I thought this style worked surprisingly well, but did feel that some of the poetry was lost in the formatting. I liked the illustration style and enjoyed seeing how the characters were depicted on the page. Aside from the original black and white, orange was the only color used for the illustrations. I hate the color orange, but it worked in this graphic novel since orange and black are the colors of a basketball. Overall, I am giving this book 3.5 stars. I enjoyed this graphic adaptation, but did not feel as emotionally connected with the story as I did when reading the original version.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Fultz

    Graphic novel version of the Newbery-winning MG novel in verse. I'm not a huge fan of the book in the first place, and this one has the same issues. The voices and the ages, now the illustrations, don't match up. These boys already sounded like teenagers, not tweens, in Crossover, and now they LOOK like teenagers in the GN. Yes, I know there's a range of shapes and sizes of middle schoolers, but I keep getting jolted out of the excellent writing and story when their age is mentioned. Regardless, Graphic novel version of the Newbery-winning MG novel in verse. I'm not a huge fan of the book in the first place, and this one has the same issues. The voices and the ages, now the illustrations, don't match up. These boys already sounded like teenagers, not tweens, in Crossover, and now they LOOK like teenagers in the GN. Yes, I know there's a range of shapes and sizes of middle schoolers, but I keep getting jolted out of the excellent writing and story when their age is mentioned. Regardless, a MUST HAVE for all intermediate, middle school, junior high and high school library and classroom collections.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is an illustrated version of Alexander's original work, The Crossover. While I liked it a lot, and I think the drawings will appeal to young adults and adolescents, I prefer the original. I feel that the way the text is shown in the original conveys meaning that is now reliant on the pictures alone (not necessarily a bad thing, just not my preference). I really liked the inventive poetic structures the original book included. The intent of the story remains and is beautiful. Whic This is an illustrated version of Alexander's original work, The Crossover. While I liked it a lot, and I think the drawings will appeal to young adults and adolescents, I prefer the original. I feel that the way the text is shown in the original conveys meaning that is now reliant on the pictures alone (not necessarily a bad thing, just not my preference). I really liked the inventive poetic structures the original book included. The intent of the story remains and is beautiful. Whichever book is chosen to be read will not disappoint.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Marshall

    I can see this being a huge hit with my students. Kwame Alexander's books are loved because of the way he writes. The short lyrical lines really resonate with my kids. This book combines all of their favorite things; his writing style and pictures. It isn't your typical graphic novel. There aren't pages of panels with dialogue. You have all of the lines from Crossover with pictures. It is the perfect blend of novel and comic. I can't wait for this to be available for purchase. I have already pre I can see this being a huge hit with my students. Kwame Alexander's books are loved because of the way he writes. The short lyrical lines really resonate with my kids. This book combines all of their favorite things; his writing style and pictures. It isn't your typical graphic novel. There aren't pages of panels with dialogue. You have all of the lines from Crossover with pictures. It is the perfect blend of novel and comic. I can't wait for this to be available for purchase. I have already preordered 2 from my local comic shop.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    This graphic novel version of The Crossover was like reading a whole new book! It's been a while since I read the novel version, but the explosion of black and orange color and dynamic images were a beautiful surprise. Sometimes I think graphic versions of books are easier to read, but this felt labor intensive as there were many words on each page, divided into borderless horizontal sections that felt very different than graphic novel boxes. I think this will be very popular with many readers, This graphic novel version of The Crossover was like reading a whole new book! It's been a while since I read the novel version, but the explosion of black and orange color and dynamic images were a beautiful surprise. Sometimes I think graphic versions of books are easier to read, but this felt labor intensive as there were many words on each page, divided into borderless horizontal sections that felt very different than graphic novel boxes. I think this will be very popular with many readers, even those who missed the novel the first time around.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus The Crossover was great, and I really thought it would win the Newbery. I think the only award it might have gotten was a Cybil, if I recall correctly. I have several copies, it circulates really well, but it's already so short that I am a little confused as to why there is even a graphic novel version. I didn't take the time to compare the text in the two versions. I will definitely buy a copy, and it will be constantly checked out, but I just don't care for E ARC from Edelweiss Plus The Crossover was great, and I really thought it would win the Newbery. I think the only award it might have gotten was a Cybil, if I recall correctly. I have several copies, it circulates really well, but it's already so short that I am a little confused as to why there is even a graphic novel version. I didn't take the time to compare the text in the two versions. I will definitely buy a copy, and it will be constantly checked out, but I just don't care for pictures. Just not my cup of tea. (And I usually love all sports books.)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Ode to Anyabwile who effortlessly and perfectly translates the book into visual art. The choices of the black, white, and orange is phenomenal to connect it to basketball but also illustratively sound. Likewise, the stylings of the font choice and word placement as well as the body language of the characters is what makes the book (even though Alexander's words are amazing), it elevates the story. An excellent choice to make this into a graphic novel and the story is so easily transla Ode to Anyabwile who effortlessly and perfectly translates the book into visual art. The choices of the black, white, and orange is phenomenal to connect it to basketball but also illustratively sound. Likewise, the stylings of the font choice and word placement as well as the body language of the characters is what makes the book (even though Alexander's words are amazing), it elevates the story. An excellent choice to make this into a graphic novel and the story is so easily translatable to issues teens experience with siblings, first loves, family, and motivation.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Beth Huddleston

    Oh my goodness! The artwork just enhances Kwame Alexander's The Crossover so well. As you can see from the cover, the only color is orange like a basketball while everything else is black and white even though relationships and family nothing is simply black and white. So good!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Reading in the Middle Grades (Stacey DeCotis)

    The graphic novel version of Kwame Alexander's book brings a different dimension to readers as you get to know Filthy and his twin JB. I loved the illustrations and can't wait to hold the hard copy in my hand when it comes out. A favorite of middle grade readers will not be left on the shelves for too long! *This was a sample, I cannot wait to read this graphic novel in entirety. I will be pre-ordering several copies!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Hay

    This book was good without the illustrations, but the art by Dawud Anyabwile ads even more depth to the story. Josh and his twin JB are middle school basketball phenoms. The two do everything together until JB gets a girlfriend and an argument between the boys causes a rift. Meanwhile, their dad is having minor medical issues that their mother wants him to get checked out. Good for ages 10 and up

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