'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 dynamic illustrations as the brothers' winning season unfolds, and the world as they know it begins to change.
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times bestselling author of 28+ books, including The Undefeated, Booked and Rebound, the follow-up to his Newbery medal-winning middle grade novel, The Crossover. He's also the Founding Editor of Versify, an imprint that publishes fiction and poetry for children and young adults.
"This graphic-novel adaptation . . . offers powerful visuals to an already-cherished narrative. A slam-dunk thrill"
"With an impressive attention to detail, the powerful, dynamic illustrations fizz with energy... If any book is likely to turn sports fans into book fans or convince readers that poetry is cool, this is it."
"Alexander is a master of devastating and uplifting storytelling. Anyabwile's illustrations enhance a superb story - adding expressions and movement to an already great novel."
LoveReading4Kids - Tricia Adams
"A fresh look at the Newbery Medal-winning book . . . stunningly illustrated by Anyabwile. With lively poems that use basketball as a metaphor for life, this mix of free verse, hip-hop, and powerful artwork will resonate with fans of the original book and inspire a new audience of nascent players, artists, and poets"
School Library Journal - starred review
"This adaptation evokes the imagery of the basketball, ensuring that readers feel Josh Bell's experiences come to life. An energetic and lively re-envisioning"