Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshipping, basketball star his sons look up to. ...
|Title||:||Rebound (The Crossover 0.5)|
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Rebound (The Crossover 0.5) Reviews
Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh and JB's dad when he was a middle-schooler. Reeling from the sudden loss of his father, Charlie Bell is struggling. His mom's unable to reach him and afraid that he's going to end up in trouble, so she sends him to spend the summer with his grandparents in Washington DC. There, Charlie gets to know his family and, against his better judgment, star ...more
A prequel to The Crossover - fans of the first book won't be disappointed!
4.5 stars. Probably Alexander’s best yet- both more consistent (hard to do in a verse novel) and higher peaks. The main thing holding me back from a full 5 stars are some of characters who seem more types than people. Chuck and his Mom are well-wrought but Percy is a bit the Magic Grandparent and CJ and Roxie both seem more like a boy’s idea of The Perfect Girl.
The way this story stands on its own while beautifully weaving into The Crossover is genius.
I love when the pre-sequel is as good, if not better than, the first book. I cried. Hard. And laughed. Hard. Kwame’s books are perfect.
Crossover was the first Kwame Alexander book I read. I liked it, but found myself getting confused from time to time because I'm not a sports person. But the style of writing and the fact that there is a good story had me hooked.
Rebound is a prequel to Crossover. I could not put it down. The story is still focusing on Basketball, but because it is the beginning I wasn't nearly as confused with the basketball terms and it was fun to see where it all started.
I probably owe Kwame Alexander $10. Or an autographed Harlem Globetrotters basketball. Because he makes me look like the best librarian ever when he writes books like this that I can casually hand off to kids who have no idea what's about to hit them. Like Crossover, Rebound is disguised as an easily read novel in verse about basketball. DO NOT LET THAT FACADE FOOL YOU. It's a roller coaster ride, slamming the reader through twists and turns of family and friendship and childhood and music and g ...more
Anticipating which books might fall into a child's heart is one of my favorite parts of teaching.
Sharing Charlie Bell's story today in class was like tossing the ball off the backboard on a fast break without looking and KNOWING a list of kids were ready to throw it down!
I highly recommend this amazing prequel!!!