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!Read Epub ⚠ Booked ⛅ National Book Award Long List New York Times Bestseller Like lightning you strike fast and free legs zoom down field eyes fixed on the checkered ball on the goal ten yards to go can t nobody stop youcan t nobody cop you In this follow up to the Newbery winning novel THE CROSSOVER, soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve year old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read This electric and heartfelt novel in verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match Just like The Crossover does with basketball, soccer circumvents what Booked is really about family relationships, this time the main character Nick is dealing with his parent s impending divorce and a strained relationship with his parents, particularly his father While it doesn t have the same bounce and groove of The Crossover, Booked is a fantastic stand alone follow up to Alexander s Newbery winning novel in verse I especially loved the character of Mr MacDonald, AKA The Mac, the rapp Just like The Crossover does with basketball, soccer circumvents what Booked is really about family relationships, this time the main character Nick is dealing with his parent s impending divorce and a strained relationship with his parents, particularly his father While it doesn t have the same bounce and groove of The Crossover, Booked is a fantastic stand alone follow up to Alexander s Newbery winning novel in verse I especially loved the character of Mr MacDonald, AKA The Mac, the rapping librarian.What I love most about Alexander s work is that he has made it cool for kids to be lovers of words and language Booked only further strengthens that conviction While I try to tell this to my students, Alexander s books are actually showing it to them.Other things I loved about Booked How the title has multiple, layered meanings throughout the story The subtle and not so subtle homages to the poetry of Langston Hughes While it is mentioned in passing and with lowercase letters, Alexander gives a shoutout to the Nerdy Book Club Nerds and Words is a great name for a book club I kind of want to steal it Booked hits store shelves on April 5, 2016 Kwame Alexander, on the heels of his award winning Crossover, has wowed his readers again with Booked, an equally poetic tale about sports as the backdrop for teenaged angst In Booked, Alexander presents the reader with Nick Hall, a gifted student and soccer player who is coping with his parents recent divorce Through his poetry in motion Alexander brings us a quality middle grade kids book that will leave students stupefied and asking their teachers forbooks Nicholas Hall is a thirtee Kwame Alexander, on the heels of his award winning Crossover, has wowed his readers again with Booked, an equally poetic tale about sports as the backdrop for teenaged angst In Booked, Alexander presents the reader with Nick Hall, a gifted student and soccer player who is coping with his parents recent divorce Through his poetry in motion Alexander brings us a quality middle grade kids book that will leave students stupefied and asking their teachers forbooks Nicholas Hall is a thirteen year old phenom on the soccer field and in the classroom Alongside his best friend Coby, he has to navigate eighth grade issues from bullying to asking out a cute girl to the spring formal dance Meanwhile, his parents have both devoted too much time to their chosen professions and decided to get a divorce Nick allows his home life to get in the way of his performance in the classroom and the soccer field Alexander relays these complex issues in the form of onomatopoeic poetry that allows adolescents to grasp them on their level The exchanges between the teens and the parents come in the form of rap and asides rather than traditional dialogue, making the prose fun for students Unlike Crossover, where basketball took the largest portion of the book, in Booked soccer is only one of many facets of Nick s busy life Alexander has him speak in a whirlwind combination of poetry, rap, and text messages in order to relay how life is for a 21st century teenager Additionally, there arerole models outside of the family which were absent in Crossover I especially enjoyed reading about Mr MacDonald the rapper turned school librarian who guides Nick and friends through the angst that comprises most of middle school culture I have found a winning author for middle grade students in Kwame Alexander He has found an award winning formula in mixing sports, poetry, and teenaged problems, and delivers his message to kids in a manner that is pure fun Teachers if they have not already done so, should be bringing Alexander s books to their classrooms, because these books make reading fun for kids A true gem of a children s author, I rate Kwame Alexander s Booked 4.5 sparkling stars Kwame Alexander writes poetry, as in BOOKED and children s fiction He won a Newbery Medal in 2015 for his book The Crossover Reading BOOKED it s easy to see why You d likely think this is written by a teenager The emotions, concerns, viewpoints all seem to point to that conclusion.Poems about parents and what a pain they can be, homework ugh , awful teachers, not so awful teachers, girls, other boys, soccer, lots of soccer, and divorce and a mom moving to another place far away Two Kwame Alexander writes poetry, as in BOOKED and children s fiction He won a Newbery Medal in 2015 for his book The Crossover Reading BOOKED it s easy to see why You d likely think this is written by a teenager The emotions, concerns, viewpoints all seem to point to that conclusion.Poems about parents and what a pain they can be, homework ugh , awful teachers, not so awful teachers, girls, other boys, soccer, lots of soccer, and divorce and a mom moving to another place far away Two of my favourites ThoughtIt does not takea math geniusto understand thatwhen you subtracta motherfrom the equationwhat remainsis negative.Out of the Dustis a storyabout a lankypiano playing girlnamed Billie Jowhose motheris gone,whose father s heartand soulare disappearinginto the dustthat blanketstheir Oklahoma town,and even thoughthe first 59 pagesrain downhard on you,when you getto page 60the monsoon comesand the book is unputdownable.Highly recommended I really loved Alexander s award winning novel The Crossover, a story about twins that excel at basketball but have to navigate high school and homelife Like The Crossover, Booked is written in verse and is about a young teen named Nick that is a star on the soccer pitch He s got a crush on a girl named April but doesn t have the confidence to approach her At home, his dad s an overbearing wordsmith that makes him learn new words from the dictionary every night Nick finds solace in the ex ra I really loved Alexander s award winning novel The Crossover, a story about twins that excel at basketball but have to navigate high school and homelife Like The Crossover, Booked is written in verse and is about a young teen named Nick that is a star on the soccer pitch He s got a crush on a girl named April but doesn t have the confidence to approach her At home, his dad s an overbearing wordsmith that makes him learn new words from the dictionary every night Nick finds solace in the ex rapper turned librarian YES named Mac who inspires, challenges and supports him through his troubles A fast, fun story with hear that both boys and girls should read, can t wait to book talk the heck outta this thing at the high school library where I work Lucas Maxwellfrom The Best Books We Read In January 2017 Again, Kwame Alexander delivers a stunning middle grade book in verse following his Newbery winner, The Crossover In Booked, twelve year old Nick navigates girls, soccer, and a family falling apart He finds peace in poetry, words, and the advice from a rapping school librarian who steals the show with his rhymes and his I Like Big Books t shirts No word is wasted in this gorgeous book of verse it s a must read for every middle grader and beyond Karina Glaserfrom The Best Books We Read In May 2016