Middle-schooler twins Josh and Jordan Bell are smart, basketball team stars from a tight-knit family. Josh tells their story in free verse and hip-hop poetry, relating the angst of falling for a girl and the illness that seems to be overtaking his dad, once an international basketball champion. Along the way energizing descriptive action on the court provides the backbeat to a tale of two brothers as they grow into young adults.
"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.
Number of Pages: 237
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: School + Education, Family / Siblings, Family / Parents
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Age Range: 9-12 years
Author: Kwame Alexander
Street Date: March 18, 2014
Item Number (DPCI): 247-08-4540