Booked

Booked

eBook - 2016
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Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/ on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can't nobody stop you/ can't nobody cop you... In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER, soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read. This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match!
Publisher: [S.I.] : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
ISBN: 9780544787711
0544787714
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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The thrill of a soccer
tournament, the pressure
of family expectations, the
social minefield of crushes
and bullies, and the beauty of
words are all explored in this
exciting, extraordinary novel
in verse.

Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.

Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.

The thrill of a soccer
tournament, the pressure of family expectations, the social minefield of crushes
and bullies, and the beauty of words are all explored in this exciting, extraordinary novel
in verse.

Alexander follows up his 2015 Newbery Medal win with another sports-themed novel written in verse. Combining sports with a realistic portrayal of middle school life and problems, Alexander has delivered another winner. Plus there's a rapper turned Librarian which is reason enough to read the book... Read More »


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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Apr 15, 2017

Nick is the son of a linguistics professor and horse trainer. Nick is pulled in many different directions by his family, school, friends, and eventually his health. He wants to focus only on soccer and an upcoming tournament where he will play against his best friend. Told in verse, this is another amazing book by Kwame Alexander.

AL_ALYX Sep 11, 2016

The poetry flows so seamlessly. I loved the friendship between Nick and Coby, the soccer references, and the constant footnotes of big words.

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WesleyZeng
Aug 30, 2016

great book

AL_MARY Aug 24, 2016

Not quite as satisfying as Alexander's Newbery-winning The Crossover, but a wonderful read nonetheless. The characters are real and appealing and their experiences will resonate with upper elementary and middle school readers. Don't be put off by the poetry format - it works so well!

AL_ALYSONC Aug 11, 2016

"I laughed, I cried..." No really I did! Amazing book - but what was in Mac's box???

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ransari
Jul 16, 2016

I quite like "booked" by Kwame Alexander. I play soccer as a goalie, so reading this was enjoyable. The words flow smoothly and the poetry is fabulous. A really funny, zesty book the got me perked when I read it.

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maggiegouker
Jul 11, 2016

Really great book. Highly recommend it!

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marthabwaters
Apr 20, 2016

I have to give Kwame Alexander credit, because I'm on record as not loving either sports books or novels in verse -- and yet first The Crossover and now Booked have been SO. GOOD. I'm not sure this one is quiiiiiiiite as good as its Newbery-winning predecessor, but it's close -- the strength of this (as was the case with The Crossover and its basketball-obsessed protagonist) is the balance Alexander strikes between Nick's passion for soccer and his life at home with his parents. Most of all I loved that, despite this seeming to be a book about soccer, it was, at its heart, a celebration of books and reading. Wonderful.

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