Kwame Alexander

2015 Newbery Award-winner presents his novel, The Crossover. 

“A beautifully measured novel of life and lines.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A slam dunk.”—School Library Journal, starred review


Friday, June 26, 2015 - 5:30pm

"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, twelve-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome together on the basketball court and completely in synch off the court as well. They idolize their father, a former professional basketball player, and respect their mother, the principal at their school. Things are great until one of the boys develops a new interest: girls. As the brother’s relationship unravels, each learns new things about himself as an individual, and also comes to see the complications of their parent’s marriage. A heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for their whole family. 

Kwame Alexander is a poet, playwright, producer, and award-winning children's book author. He regularly speaks, and conducts writing workshops and performances at schools, libraries, and conferences around the country. His Book-in-a-Day writing and publishing program for upper elementary, middle, and high school students has created more than 3000 student authors in sixty schools across the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. Alexander currently serves as a judge for the National Scholastic Writing Awards and the Virginia  Poetry Out Loud competition. He lives with his family in Herndon, Virginia.  For more information, visit and you can follow him on Twitter @kwamealexander.

Event address: 
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
The Crossover (The Crossover Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544107717
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Published: Clarion Books - March 18th, 2014