Author(s): Kwame Alexander

Verse Novels | Senior Fiction

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...

Twelve-year-old Nick is a football-mad boy who absolutely hates books. In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel The Crossover, football, family, love, and friendship take centre stage as Nick tries to figure out how to navigate his parents' break-up, stand up to bullies, and impress the girl of his dreams. These challenges - which seem even harder than scoring a tie-breaking, game-winning goal - change his life, as well as his best friend's. This energetic novel-in-verse by the poet Kwame Alexander captures all the thrills and setbacks, the action and emotion of a World Cup match.



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Nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Highly commended for the CLPE Poetry Award. Follow Nick's trials and triumphs on and off the pitch in Kwame Alexander's New York Times-bestselling follow-up to The Crossover.

"A satisfying, winning read" Kirkus, starred review "Eminently readable ... readers will surely love Alexander's joyous word play and celebration of reading" Booklist, starred review

"Alexander scores again. Emotionally resonant and with a pace like a player on a breakaway." Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Warm and believable ... Alexander understands reluctant readers deeply, and here hands them a protagonist who is a smart, reading-averse kid" Horn Book, starred review

"Football, family, love and friendship told in exhilarating verse." -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller

Kwame Alexander is a poet, children's book author, playwright, producer, public speaker, performer, and winner of the Newbery Medal for his novel-in-verse, The Crossover. He conducts creative writing workshops in middle and high schools, often reaching more than five hundred students monthly. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the Washington, D.C., area. Visit his website at

General Fields

  • : 9781783444656
  • : Andersen Press
  • : Andersen Press
  • : 0.256
  • : February 2016
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 19mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Kwame Alexander
  • : Paperback
  • : 716
  • : English
  • : [Fic]
  • : 320