by Kwame Alexander
Grades 4 & up

Eighth grader Nick Hall lives and breathes soccer. Unfortunately his father feels the same way about words and even wrote his own dictionary, which he is forcing Nick to read. When Nick’s mother takes a job out of state, the rest of Nick’s world starts to fall apart as well — at home, at school, even on the soccer field. As Nick struggles to keep his head above water, he finds help in unexpected places. Told in a variety of poetry styles, Kwame Alexander’s glorious wordsmithing draws the reader right to the heart of Nick’s story. This book will leave you with a list of words to sneak into conversations as well as more books you need to read. Highly recommended to grades 4 & up.

ARC provided by publisher

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