The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (2014)

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Dad, do you miss playing basketball? I ask.
Like jazz misses Dizzy, he says.

Huh?
Like hip-hop misses Tupac, Filthy, he says.

crossoverJosh and Jordan Bell are brothers, twins, basketball phenoms. Standing six feet tall in seventh grade, the boys are simpatico, inseparable. Until the new girl at school comes between them. Then their father gets sick. Feeling alone, Josh strikes out at his brother, causing a gulf to open between them.

Winner of the 2015 Newbery Award, the committee had this to say: This powerful novel in verse paints an authentic portrait of a closely-knit family on the brink of crisis. Swish! This book is nothing but net!

I agree. Though I personally thought Brown Girl Dreaming (named as a Newbery Honor book) deserved the prize. Both are excellent and will, hopefully, appeal to many children.

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