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A powerful novel in verse about twin brothers who are rivals both on and off the basketball court. Winner of the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Honor Award.

‘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’

12-year-old Josh and his twin Jordan have basketball in their blood. They’re kings of the court, star players for their school team. Their father used to be a champion player and they each want nothing more than to follow in his footsteps.
Both on and off the court, there is conflict and hardship which will test Josh’s bond with his brother. In this heartfelt novel in verse, the boys find that life doesn’t come with a play-book and it's not all about winning.


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

Alexander fully captures Josh's athletic finesse and coming-of-age angst in a mix of free verse and hip-hop poetry that will have broad appeal . . . This will inspire budding players and poets alike.

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

Bold! Explosive! I love The Crossover. Everyone will.

Nikki Giovanni

The hip-hop beat of the writing draws the reader in... Highly recommended - and not just for the sporty.

Books for Keeps

Energetic and emotionally charged

Marilyn Brocklehurst, The Bookseller, Bookseller's Choice

Absorbing and rewarding, The Crossover’s language is so precise and beautiful, so strong and powerful, so exact and tender, it is beyond question that it will inspire many other stories.

Armadillo Magazine

Brilliantly funny and heart-breaking at the same time

The School Librarian

A crackling narrative... I devoured it


A fast-paced, rhythmic verse novel that packs an emotional punch

So Many Books, So Little Time

I loved this book. It is fresh and new and offers something genuinely different


An achingly intense and dynamic text... Linguistic dynamite

Did You Ever Stop To Think (LH Johnson)

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    January 4, 2016


    240 pages

    RRP $19.99

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