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.
This novel in verse is rich in character and relationships . . . Poet Alexander deftly reveals the power of the format to pack an emotional punch * Kirkus, starred review * Alexander has crafted a story that vibrates with energy and heat and begs to be read aloud. A slam dunk. * School Library Journal, starred review * The poems dodge and weave with the speed of a point guard driving for the basket . . . swings from moments of swagger-worthy triumph to profound pain. * Publishers Weekly, starred review * Full of heartbreak and exhilaration * Metro, The Best Books for Young Minds * Mesmerising... a beautifully constructed and powerfully emotional novel. * Irish Times *