Rebound

Rebound Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court their father was learning his own moves In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover Chuck Bell takes center stage as reade

  • Title: Rebound
  • Author: Kwame Alexander
  • ISBN: 9780544868137
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshipping, basketball star his sons look up to.

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    1. Thanks to HMH Kids for the advance copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. I adore THE CROSSOVER, as do my students, and this prequel is just as wonderful. While it technically could be read as a stand alone, this story is so much more meaningful when read with the context of Chuck Bell as the basketball star father from THE CROSSOVER. I highly recommend this stellar novel in verse for purchase in all middle grade libraries - I will be purchasing for both my elementary and middle [...]

    2. This is a review of the ARC.The first poem in Rebound is a lovely series off fleeting, non-rhyming couplets that capture a time, a place, a memory. I pulled the book to my chest. "This is it," I thought.The second poem in Rebound captured the manic, frenetic energy of Alexander's masterful The Crossover: it was all sound and feeling, energy and zip, breathlessly exciting poetry. I pulled the book to my chest. "I want to savor this," I thought.Then I got to the first comic, which, in the ARC, is [...]

    3. I loved reading Rebound. Especially the ending. And his grandpa. Love him fiercely.And the comics (poetry slam in comics!!!!!)And the corny jokes -- burst out laughing in several places (too much sax & violins!)But really, the power of metaphor to open your heart. For all of us when we feel storm-beaten and shattered, how we can hold onto hope. Thank you.

    4. 5/5 for REBOUND by @kwamealexander, published by @hmhkids. Thanks to @kidlitexchange for this ARC; all opinions are my own._*_*_*_*_*This is a prequel to Crossover and the story of how young Charlie Bell became Chuck "Da Man" Bell, basketball legend._*_*_*_*_*Another @kwamealexander book? Be still my heart! My students (boys and girls b/c there are no boy books and no girl books, right? right.) LOVE Booked and Crossover -- we can't keep them on the shelf! I know they're going to love this one, t [...]

    5. This prequel to The Crossover is the story of Josh and JB's father, Chuck Bell. It is the summer of 1988 and twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is not coping well with the death of his father. His mother is at her wit's end, and sends him to spend the summer with his grandparents in Washington, DC. They are still grieving the loss of his father (their son) as well, but showing it in different ways. When Chuck first get there all he wants to do is stay in his room and read comic books like he had been do [...]

    6. Audibly sighed after finishing the last page of this book. Another phenomenal read from Alexander. It makes me even more excited for his upcoming imprint.Narrative poetry and I’m so looking forward to seeing the completed artwork. I think my reluctant readers who are still stuck on Diary of a Wimpy kid might be willing to pick this one up.Loved how the book deals with death, grief, and other hard life situations. Alexander puts words to the feelings that get shoved so deep down, feelings that [...]

    7. Kwame Alexander slam dunks it again with this prequel to The Crossover. Rebound stands on its own with a heart-tugging, powerful story, yet it blends seamlessly with its partner novel. The importance of family, finding one's own path, and struggling with choices guide the Chuck Bell's character arc. Readers will leave pumped up and satisfied.

    8. This prequel to Kwame Alexander’s novel in verse, The Crossover, is a beautifully told story about growing up, family, and overcoming the hardest moments of loss and grief. I loved getting to know Chuck and his circle of support and the root of where the Bell brothers came from. I received an ARC from HMHKids.

    9. Rebound is the prequel to The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander, and tells of childhood days of Charlie "Chuck" Bell (Josh and Jordan's father). At the age of 12, Charlie had already experienced loss and love, carrying much baggage to his grandparent's house in the summer of 1988. "It was the summer when Now and Laters cost a nickel, and The Fantastic Four a buck. When I met Harriet Tubman and the Harlem Globetrotters"Charlie retells his story for his sons (and the reader) of those not-so-glorious d [...]

    10. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance copy for review purposes. All opinions are my own. Before Josh and Jordan Bell and The Crossover, there was Da Man -- Chuck Bell. Alexander tells the story of the father of the twin boys featured in his widely popular (and phenomenal) YA novel written in verse. I wasn't sure what to expect. I thought this would tell the story of Chuck Bell and his professional basketball career in Europe, but instead Alexander's story focused on Chuck B [...]

    11. Thanks to HMH for my advance copy.Like a great basketball game, this book gets your heart rate up in the beginning and ends with four or five amazing plays that keep you talking. It takes control and tells a moving story, intertwining the lives of three generations. Life has dealt a blow to twelve year old Chuck Bell and we find ourselves rooting for him as he weaves in and out of his raw emotions and attempts to deal with the trauma he strives to overcome. The value of family is presented in a [...]

    12. Thicker than the others, Alexander has incorporated a few graphic sequences into the verse and introduces us to the previous generation. Charlie lost his father and isn't coping well, so mom sends him to his grandparents for the summer. During this time, he gains some confidence and a voice to share what he's thinking and feeling before it's fast-forwarded to his own children. Verse is where Alexander is at home and incorporating sports is natural as well. Sentimental and lovely without anything [...]

    13. Read for work, so no real review on here (since I already wrote up an entire editorial report for it). While I liked it and it was great to see Chuck’s life when he was about Jordan and Josh’s age, especially considering the end of The Crossover, I’m not a huge fan of prequels and so liked this one a little less than the others. That said, the poetry is still great, the new cast of characters is fun, and the emotion and family and love is all still there.

    14. This book is my new favorite by Kwame Alexander. It can totally stand alone but I love how it gives the backstory of the Bell family. Getting to know Charlie Bell helps to see why Jordan and Josh are who they are in The Crossover. Seeing family figure things out and come together makes me smile and cry and get angry. This book will not stay on my shelf in my classroom!

    15. ARC provided by publisher at ALA.This prequel to The Crossover deals with the difficulties Charles Bell, the father of twins Jordan and Josh, has in dealing with the death of his own father when he is 12 years old in 1988. The inclusion of some graphic novel panels in the book will make this even more appealing to young readers.

    16. Rebound is a SLAM DUNK!!!!! I loved getting to learn Chuck Bell's story, and I hope to see a story about Roxie soon too. Everything about Rebound is exceptional. The art work, the fluidity of the verse, everything. I feel like I know the characters, and like they're part of my family.Loved it.

    17. This is excellent. I love how the author wove this prequel into Crossover (the original story), and yet it works as a standalone book as well. Teachers, your middle grade students will love it!

    18. I did not love this one as much as The Crossover, but there is a lot to like in this prequel. I expect it will be very popular with my students.

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