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Booked

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Booked

By Kwame Alexander

Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780544570986, 320pp.

Publication Date: April 5, 2016

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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.


NPR
Sunday, Jul 10, 2016

Children's author Kwame Alexander discusses last week's killing of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille, in addition to the shootings of the Dallas police officers. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Sunday, Apr 3, 2016

Newbery Medal-winning author Kwame Alexander's new effort is a novel about a 12-year-old boy named Nick, written in verse. He says poetry is one key to keeping kids invested in what they're reading. More at NPR.org

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