Booked

Booked

Booked
Kwame Alexander

Andersen Press Ltd

ISBN 9781783444656

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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Booked

Kwame Alexander

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Told in poetic form, Booked is about Nick, a keen footballer, who has to deal with bullying, family issues and impressing the girl of his dreams. Supported by his best friend and team rival, Coby and the rapping school librarian, Nick works through his problems. Incredibly readable, Booked is written in achievable poems, offering a very satisfying, well paced story for the most reluctant reader. The author manages to pack in information about words, even using footnotes - I have a touch of 'verbomania' myself! - whilst conveying all the action of a football match on the next page. Perfect for anyone who is looking for something a bit different with strong characters, Booked is an appealing read for reluctant and enthusiastic readers alike. 320 pages / Ages 10+ / Reviewed by Sue Wilsher, teacher.

Reviewed by: Sue Wilsher