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National Book Award Long List
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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!

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages

    Booked Reviews

  • Brina
    Nov 29, 2016

    Kwame Alexander, on the heels of his award winning Crossover, has wowed his readers again with Booked, an equally poetic tale about sports as the backdrop for teenaged angst. In Booked, Alexander pres...

  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    Jan 04, 2016

    What a fun ride! I liked that this book was totally middle grade but still tackled real issues like divorce, bullying etc in a funny yet insightful way :)...

  • Kristen
    Mar 11, 2016

    Warning: This review is really just going to be me gushing profusely at the awesomeness that is this book.LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.I loved Crossover, and have since pushed it into the ...

  • Joe
    Apr 29, 2016

    I'm really torn about this one. It starts off so strong. So very, very strong. The poetry is amazing. Alexander seamlessly blends style and meter and rhythm and the result is infectious. I was 100% in...

  • Book Riot Community
    Jun 03, 2016

    Again, Kwame Alexander delivers a stunning middle grade book in verse following his Newbery winner, The Crossover. In Booked, twelve-year-old Nick navigates girls, soccer, and a family falling apart. ...

  • Beth
    Nov 30, 2015

    Just like The Crossover does with basketball, soccer circumvents what Booked is really about: family relationships, this time the main character Nick is dealing with his parent's impending divorce and...

  • Colby Sharp
    Apr 13, 2016

    I loved Kwame's Newbery Medal winning book The Crossover, and I liked this one even more. ...

  • Laura
    Feb 16, 2016

    Once again, I am reminded of the dazzling power of a verse novel. What Kwame Alexander accomplishes and creates in so few words is astonishing. Every word and character moves with energy and color in ...

  • Nicole Otting
    Feb 14, 2016

    Amazing and unputdownable! Kwame writes another book that will be so relatable to kids everywhere! Nick loves soccer, doesn't enjoy to read...yet, has the best librarian in the world aka The Mac, has ...

  • Bekah Andrews
    Mar 20, 2016

    This book was wonderful. It's not a sports book, like I originally dreaded, but a narrative told in verse in such a clever a beautiful way that I'm still thinking about it several hours after finishin...