If You Loved "The Crossover"...

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If You Loved "The Crossover"...

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Kwame Alexander's The Crossover is a book about basketball, middle school, and twin brothers dealing with life. Written in poetry but structured as a novel, The Crossover won the Newberry Medal in 2015. This year it is the DC Public Library's selection for DC Family Reads

Did you read The Crossover and totally love it? Are you interested in other books like it? Check out these suggestions and read 20 minutes a day to earn badges for Winter Challenge!

Note: All titles are linked to their physical copies, and many are available as library e-books or e-audiobooks with OverDrive and its app Libby. 

The Best Man by Richard Peck
Archer is a sixth-grader with a lot on his mind. The male role models in his life help answer his questions about life, puberty...and weddings.

Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes
What if you don't like sports but your father wants you to be a star athlete? Garvey is a middle school student who loves science, reading, and food. He feels pretty miserable until he joins the chorus.

Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Ghost dreams of going to the Junior Olympics, but will his troubled family life get in the way? A National Book Award Finalist.

Home Court by Amar'e Stoudemire
Amar'e is a busy 11-year-old focused on school. But what happens a group of older boys starts to hog the basketball court and bully the other kids? Amar'e won't let it go too far!

Hoop Kings: Poems by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
This collection of twelve poems celebrates well-known basketball stars like Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. Check out Smith, Jr.'s Hoop Queens if you're a fan of the WNBA.

Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes
Tomboy Joylin is a basketball star. But what happens when she gets a huge crush on Santiago? A novel written in poems.

The Real Lucky Charm by Charisse K. Richardson
Mia thinks luck makes people succeed, both in school and in basketball. She and her twin brother Marcus play together on a co-ed team. When her favorite charm goes missing, Mia has some lessons to learn.

Sasquatch in the Paint by Kareem-Abdul Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
Twelve-year-old Theo Rollins's growth spurt catches the attention of the basketball coach, but Theo is already busy with the science team. He wants to win both, but who has time?

Slam Dunk! by Sharon Robinson
At Langston Hughes Middle School it's girls vs. boys on the basketball court, in the Student council election, for a video dance tournament, and more.

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana
It's the end of summer and Amani is looking forward to her eleventh birthday celebration -- but she lives in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina is on its way.