Rebound (The Crossover 0.5)

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.    ..

Rebound (The Crossover 0.5) Reviews

Rebound (The Crossover 0.5)

I didn’t think this was possible, but I love this even more than The Crossover. This prequel is expertly written as it makes you forget what you know is coming, but is also so very satisfying as it puts some bows on some answers.

The writing is phenomenal, but the characters are even better. I love every, single one..yes, Charlie/Chuck, mom, CJ are all amazing, but the grandparents stole the show for me. Granddad is sassy and sweet and tender and tough.

You’ll love it.

Rebound (The Crossover 0.5)

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

Rebound (The Crossover 0.5)
Lauren Waters

If you are looking for a book that takes you on a journey about learning to accept and love your family, friends and the game of basketball, this verse is for you.

Rebound (The Crossover 0.5)

There are verse novels, and then there are verse novels written by Kwame Alexander. I was at a speaking event of Alexander's when I found out his next book was a prequel to The Crossover, and I may or may not have squealed like a fangirl. Rebound has the same rhythm, the same flow, the same punch in the gut--and even though it takes place three decades ago, Chuck's story will be just as relatable and accessible to my students.

I felt quite emotional reading this one--probably because 1) Like Chuc

Rebound (The Crossover 0.5)
Mary Ann

I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending.

And his grandpa. Love him fiercely.

And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!)

And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!)

But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart.

For all of us when we feel storm-beaten and shattered, how we can hold onto hope. Thank you.

Rebound (The Crossover 0.5)
Christina Hanson

You know, Chuck,

he says.

You’re not always gonna swish.


You gonna miss some.

Heck, you gonna miss a lot.

That’s the way the real world works.

But you gotta grab the ball and

keep shooting. You understand?


I tell you what, though,

you’ll make a lot more

than you miss if

you’re not always going for

the flash

and flair.

Try using

the backboard, son.

You got me.

You got your grandmother.

You got Roxie.

You got your mother.

You got all of us,

remember that!

Kwame “Da Man” Alexander has done it again with his

Rebound (The Crossover 0.5)
Jenn Marshall

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.

Rebound (The Crossover 0.5)

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.