Winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal
"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood.
Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family. --from the publisher
240 pages 978-0544107717 Ages 12-17
Keywords: family, brothers, basketball, growing up, fathers, story in verse, African American, African American author, Diversity: Self Image, diversity, diverse books, 12 year old, 13 year old, 14 year old
Twin brothers Josh and Jordan have been pretty much inseparable up to this year. Both have some "mad" shots on the basketball court and both have the father who got so close to being a professional basketball player and a mother who is an assistant principal at the high school. They have pretty much seen life through the same lens and they have expected to live that way for always.
But this year Jordan has noticed someone else, a lovely girl he calls Miss Sweet Tea. Josh starts to feel the distance that begins to grow between them as his brother's attention has turned away.
The fire both boys have for playing basketball, the demands and challenges of coming of age in high school, the friction with their father all begin to pull and push and create angst.
Written in verse this basketball story is full of heart and family and the struggle to figure out what it means to grow up and be a man and stand alone even when you are a twin brother.
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com