Monday, May 20, 2019

The Crossover by Alexander Kwame

The Crossover
Kwame Alexander

About this Book

The Bell twins are stars on the basketball court and comrades in life. While there are some differences—Josh shaves his head and Jordan loves his locks—both twins adhere to the Bell basketball rules: In this game of life, your family is the court, and the ball is your heart. 

With a former professional basketball player dad and an assistant principal mom, there is an 
intensely strong home front supporting sports and education in equal measures. 
When life intervenes in the form of a hot new girl, the balance shifts and growing apart proves painful. 

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Author Kwame Alexander reads an excerpt from The Crossover.

Author Kwame Alexander Discusses his book Crossover with time For Kids.

Kwame Alexander Quotes

Below are a few quotes found in The Crossover

“Basketball Rule #1

In this game of life
your family is the court
and the ball is your heart.
No matter how good you are,
no matter how down you get,
always leave
your heart
on the court.”

Basketball Rule #2 (random text from Dad)

Hustle dig
Grind push
Run fast
Change pivot
Chase pull
Aim shoot
Work smart
Live smarter
Play hard
Practice harder”

“Basketball Rule #3

Never let anyone
lower your goals.
Others' expectations
of you are determined
by their limitations
of life.
The sky is your limit, sons.
Always shoot for the sun
and you will shine.”

“Basketball Rule #4

If you miss
enough of life's
free throws
you will pay
in the end.” 

“Basketball Rule #5

you stop
your game
you've already

“Basketball Rule #6

A great team
has a good scorer
with a teammate
who's on point
and ready
to assist.”

“Basketball Rule #7

is the art
of anticipating,
of always being prepared
to grab it.
But you can't
drop the ball.”

“Basketball Rule #8

you have to
lean back
a little
fade away
to get
the best

“Basketball Rule #9

When the game is on
the line,
don't fear.
Grab the ball.
Take it
to the hoop.”

“Basketball Rule #10

A loss is inevitable,
like snow in winter.
True champions
to dance
the storm.” 

Vocabulary Activity

Writing about a new vocabulary word can help you understand the word.
1. Choose at least 10 words you do not know as you read this book.
2. Write the sentence from the novel that contains the vocabulary word and page number.
3. What is the definition of the word?
4. Can you use it in your own sentence?
5. Explain how the word connects to the story.
Make a MCBA vocabulary book of other words in this book and all the
other MCBA books you read.