Sharing Black Stories: Rebound by Kwame Alexander

Sharing Black Stories: Rebound by Kwame Alexander

As I shared in a previous post, Crossover is a very special book for me and one of my all-time favorites. So, when I heard there was a PREQUEL, I about fell out of my chair. Even better? It was part GRAPHIC NOVEL!

If you have read Crossover, you MUST read Rebound as it shares the story of Josh and Jordan’s dad, Chuck Bell. It will break your heart, but it is a beautiful story and I am so glad Kwame decided on a prequel to Crossover.

Here is a summary and then GET OUT THERE AND READ THIS BOOK.

New York Times bestseller ∙ ALA Notable Book

* “An eminently satisfying story of family, recovery, and growing into manhood.”—Kirkus, starred review

From the New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander comes Rebound, a dynamic novel in verse and companion to his Newbery Award-winner, The Crossover, illustrated with striking graphic novel panels.

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 worshiping, basketball star his sons look up to.   

A novel in verse with all the impact and rhythm readers have come to expect from Kwame Alexander, Rebound will go back in time to visit the childhood of Chuck “Da Man” Bell during one pivotal summer when young Charlie is sent to stay with his grandparents where he discovers basketball and learns more about his family’s past.  


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