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Rebound By Kwame Alexander
(April 2nd 2018 ~ HMH Books for Young Readers)
Review by Laura
This is a prequel to Crossover and the story of how young Charlie Bell became Chuck “Da Man” Bell, basketball legend.
Another Kwame Alexander book? Be still my heart! My students (boys and girls b/c there are no boy books and no girl books, right? right.) LOVE Booked and Crossover — we can’t keep them on the shelf! I know they’re going to love this one, too, even though sports are not the only focus. My students will be surprised to find out that Jordan and Josh Bell’s father was an arcade game-playing, comic book-reading nerd when he was 12 years old and certainly not a baller. This (thick) novel in verse shows how the summer after his father died changed the direction of his life forever. The game of basketball is of course a metaphor — he rebounds in a different direction, toward a different future. I love his cousin Roxie and her prowess on the basketball court. I love his grandfather, sentimental, but gruff. One new thing is the addition of some comic art (all basketball related) — the art isn’t finalized in this ARC, but the sketches that are here are pretty spectacular. I can’t wait to see the finished product! Alexander is an auto-buy for me and he should be for you, too.
And another review by Caitlin!
Anytime Kwame Alexander has a new book out (Today! Today! Run & get it!), it’s in my hands. I was so excited to review an early copy via @kidlitexchange & even in its unfinished form REBOUND does not disappoint!
REBOUND is both a prequel & sequel to Alexander’s Newberry award winning verse novel, THE CROSSOVER. Before our favorite basketball players, Josh & Jordan Bell were all over the court, their Dad was learning all the moves. REBOUND puts Chuck Bell at center court as readers catch a glimpse of his childhood & how he became the jazz music lover, basketball star, & “Da Man” his sons admire.
What a fabulous & fun verse novel, Alexander has added to his repertoire. If you haven’t read THE CROSSOVER, don’t fear because REBOUND could definitely be a stand alone novel; however, for fans of his Newberry award winner, this read is a must.
I absolutely loved how we get more of a story I had fallen in love with, yet, REBOUND is entirely its own as we get the opportunity to see Chuck at the same age as his boys. There are fun nods throughout the story that previous readers will appreciate, but like the rest of his writing, REBOUND comes alive with Alexander’s magnificent verse.
This is a book meant to be read aloud or devoured in one sitting, as from the very first page readers are swept into a story that comes alive—both from the power of Alexander’s verse & the depth of his characters. Readers & fans alike are in for a little surprise when they turn a few pages to find some illustrated poems in the form of comic pages.
A delightful read for anyone of any age as the power of family shines through. A must have for classroom & home libraries.
Recommended for sports fans (ballers!), verse novel readers, & really anyone who is in need of a feel-good story.
📚Family, coming-of-age, 🏀 fans
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