by Kwame Alexander

"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 (He Said, She Said 2013).

   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.

Winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal
A 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book 

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  • About The Author Kwame Alexander is a poet, children's book author, playwright, producer, public speaker and performer. He conducts creative writing workshops in middle and high schools, often reaching more than 500 students monthly. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the Washington, D.C. area. ISBN-13: 9780544107717 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication date: 3/18/2014 Pages: 240 Age range: 9 - 12 Years - Sports & Recreation | Basketball - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings - Family | Parents - Health & Daily Living | Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries - Fathers and sons -Brothers - Basketball -Basketball stories - Twins -African Americans - Novels in verse - Topical | Family - Seasonal | Winter - Sex & Gender | Boy's Interest - Adolescence/Coming of Age - Inspiration Awards: Texas Lone Star Reading List | Commended | Young Adult | 2015 - 2015 ; Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children | Honor Book | Children's Fiction | 2015 - 20