by Kwame Alexander
This powerful novel is written in free verse poetry told from the point of view of twelve year old Josh Bell. Josh and his twin brother JB are the stars of their middle school basketball team, thanks in part to the coaching by their former professional basketball playing father. Josh is happy with they way things are, and resents JB for starting to date a girl. When JB cuts off Josh’s dreadlocks, it only makes things worse. Josh is already in a tailspin when a new situation develops with their father. Told in an authentic voice, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. Highly recommended for grades 5-9.
2015 Newbery Award Medal Winner.