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In this electric follow-up to Newbery Medal-winner The Crossover, soccer, family, love, and friendship take the field 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.

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 . . .

Nobody can stop Nick . . . at least not on the field. Off it is a different matter. But helping him along as he deals with bullies and problems at home are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read. This 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

Author: Kwame Alexander
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: 04/05/2016
Pages: 320
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.96lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.70w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9780544570986
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 3.9
Point Value: 3
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 181133 / Booked

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 01/15/2016
Booklist 02/01/2016 pg. 41
School Library Journal 03/01/2016 pg. 143
Horn Book Magazine 03/01/2016 pg. 83
Publishers Weekly 03/07/2016
Voice of Youth Advocates 04/01/2016 - Recommended - Hard To Beat
BookPage 04/01/2016
Shelf Awareness 04/05/2016
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 05/01/2016

About the Author
Kwame Alexander is a poet, children's book author, playwright, producer, public speaker, performer, and winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal for his novel-in-verse, The Crossover. Alexander believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the Washington, D.C., area. Visit his website at

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