Search Results: "Kwame Alexander"


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THE CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 2014

"Poet Alexander deftly reveals the power of the format to pack an emotional punch. (Verse fiction. 9-12)"
Basketball-playing twins find challenges to their relationship on and off the court as they cope with changes in their lives. Read full book review >

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BOOKED by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"A satisfying, winning read. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Nick Hall is a bright eighth-grader who would rather do anything other than pay attention in class. Read full book review >

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ACOUSTIC ROOSTER AND HIS BARNYARD BAND by Kwame Alexander
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"In all, a high-stepping riff on the pleasures of live music in general and the history of jazz in particular. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Winning actually isn't everything, as jazz-happy Rooster learns when he goes up against the legendary likes of Mules Davis and Ella Finchgerald at the barnyard talent show. Read full book review >

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THE PLAYBOOK by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This will appeal to fans of Alexander's previous middle-grade novels as well as young sports fans. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Building on the great success of his Newbery-winning The Crossover (2014), Alexander provides advice and life lessons to young readers, drawn mostly from the world of sports and organized by a schema of "rules." Read full book review >

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SURF'S UP by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A warmhearted tribute to reading. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A sunny day near the ocean means different kinds of excitement for frog friends Bro and Dude. Read full book review >

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SOLO  by Kwame Alexander
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A contemporary hero's journey, brilliantly told. (Verse fiction. 14-adult)"
The 17-year-old son of a troubled rock star is determined to find his own way in life and love. Read full book review >

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ANIMAL ARK by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Beautiful photos, with an impact heightened (sometimes to somewhat dizzying altitudes) by the accompanying words. (author's, photographer's notes) (Informational picture book/poetry. 6-12)"
The Newbery medalist matches bursts of poetic commentary to dozens of dramatic close-ups, mostly of creatures classified as endangered or threatened. Read full book review >

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OUT OF WONDER by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"A magnificent exploration of the poetic imagination. (Picture book/poetry. 8-14)"
Powerhouse poet Alexander, along with friends Colderley and Wentworth, offers a culturally rich collection of poetic tributes that extends the legacies of poets from around the globe. Read full book review >

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SUMMER READING WITH KWAME ALEXANDER
by Julie Danielson

It doesn’t take much to get award-winning, bestselling poet and author Kwame Alexander excited, especially if you’re talking about books and children and teens. If you’ve ever seen him speak, you know this Newbery winner is high-energy and has great passion for his work.

He’s especially excited these days about summer. Probably for the same reasons a lot of us ...


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A THING OF WONDER
by Julie Danielson

Here is something poet and Newbery author Kwame Alexander writes in the preface of his brand-new book, Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets, coming to shelves in March. I think I literally applauded when I read this, since sadly, poetry is sometimes the neglected child in language arts educational programs across the country:

“I remember reading and reading lots of ...

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AVENGING ANGEL by Kwame Anthony Appiah
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 22, 1991

"First of a promised series."
Somebody's poisoning members of the Apostles, a Cambridge secret society—titled undergraduate David Glen Tannock by penicillin; eminent physiologist Charles Phipps; and has-been topologist Godfrey Stanley by some especially foul neurotoxins—and sending them death- notes with little classical tags. Read full book review >