Thorndike Press


  • Kwame Alexander
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432876767
  • ISBN-13: 9781432876760
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: .90 lbs ( .41 kgs)
  • 396 Pages | Paperback
  • Published/Released January 2020



A New York Times Bestseller
A ILA-CBC Children's Choice List
A Book Links’ Lasting Connections Selection
A Kirkus Best Book
A Nerdy Book Club Nerdies Poetry/Novels in Verse
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book
A Washington Post Best Book
A BookPage Best Book

In this follow-up to Newbery-winner The Crossover, soccer, family, love, and friendship take center stage. 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!

Age Range: 10-12 | Grade Level: 5-7 | Lexile Measure: NA