Author: Kwame Alexander
Genre: Children’s Book, Poetry
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, Anderson Press
Awards: John Newberry Medal 2015, Coretta Scott King Honor Award 2015
Themes: Sports, family, relationships, growing up
Summary: Twin brothers have always been together. Following in the footstep of their father, they are star basketball players. They go into middle school and their close knit relationship starts to change. They face many challenges that they have to overcome.
Response: What elements of the author’s style and language drew you into the book? Explain and give examples.
I love the poetic form of poetry in this story. The beginning is my favorite part as it captures your attention and then suddenly I was three-fourths of the way through the book. The font, the stress marks, the form, along with the imagery really draws in the reader. The poems are a collection of many short stories that come together as a full multi-faceted book. A reader could open up the book and read one or two at random or read the book as its entirety.