Kwame Alexander


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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 you/can’t nobody cop you…

Twelve-year-old Nick is a football-mad boy who absolutely hates books. In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel The Crossover, football, family, love, and friendship take centre stage as Nick tries to figure out how to navigate his parents’ break-up, stand up to bullies, and impress the girl of his dreams. These challenges — which seem even harder than scoring a tie-breaking, game-winning goal — change his life, as well as his best friend’s. This energetic novel-in-verse by the poet Kwame Alexander captures all the thrills and setbacks, the action and emotion of a World Cup match.
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80 printed pages
Original publication



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    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted5 months ago
    After she finishes worrying, you ask her
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted5 months ago
    Should we get some more wings, Dad?

    Should we knit some floor swings?

    It’s gotta make sense, Dad.

    Should we quit before Spring?

    Well done, Dad.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted5 months ago
    “Bullies don’t like to fight, son. They like to win. Being afraid is normal. The only fight you really have to win is the one against the fear.”
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