Monday, July 20, 2015

true champions leave their heart on the court

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is an amazing, relatable, poetic novel written in verse. 

I want to introduce everyone to the joys of reading... but it is awesome when you can find a poet who especially wants to introduce boys to the joys of reading.

KWAME ALEXANDER: You want to reach all kids. You want to reach librarians and teachers. But you often hear that boys don’t read or boys are reluctant readers.

The Crossover is the story of twins, Josh and JB. Josh narrates his family's story; and he does it in free verse, list poems, vocabulary poems, haiku, rap... the variety of poetry is beautiful.

It's a book about brothers and family and race and sports and tenderness. 

Most importantly, this book is a model of what poetry can do. It will leave it's reader with the idea that poetry is absolutely cool.

Basketball Rule #1

In this game of life
your family is the court
and the ball is your heart.
No matter how good you are,
no matter how down you get,
always leave
your heart
on the court.

Basketball Rule #10

A loss is inevitable,
like snow in winter.
True champions
to dance
the storm.

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