by Kwame Alexander


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New York Times bestseller ∙ ALA Notable Book
* "An eminently satisfying story of family, recovery, and growing into manhood."Kirkusstarred 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.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544868137
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/02/2018
Series: Kwame Alexander's Crossover Series
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 8,925
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times best-selling author of 21 books, including Booked and The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award Honor. He lives with his family in Virginia. Visit Kwame at, on Twitter at @kwamealexander, and on Instagram at @kwamealexander. 

Read an Excerpt

May 28, 1988

The game is on
at the park.
The stars are out.
It’s close to dark.
Hoop Kings
         in the SKY
         so high
         so fly
like they Got Wings
(it’s like the blacktop
is a boxSPRING)
Hey, Charlie, you see what he did with that THING!
my best friend, Skinny, yells
                         G andWHIRLINGthe ball
                  so sweet
it’s like a bee s t i n g
He just Swished
in your Face.
Stung you like
a can of mace
These boys so fly
they’re outta SPACE!

C’mon, Charlie, I got next. Let’s hoop, Skinny says,
jumping up from the sidewalk.
Nah, I gotta get home for dinner, I lie.

I used to play H.O.R.S.E.

against my father, and sometimes I
won, but when I tried playing on
a team, I’d get too nervous
to shoot, too scared of the
ball (like the time I
missed a pass and
got hit up-
side the

Sometimes, I wish

I was a superhero,
like Quicksilver
down the court
sleek as a sports car
faster than NASCAR,
leaving all my sadness
in the dust—far,
far away
from now.

Wish I could soar
throw down
a monster dunk
like I was Thor.

Wish I could elevate
my name
with game so good
it’s hall of fame!

Wish I could forget
all the pain.

Yeah, that’s what I wish . . .

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Rebound 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything you expect from a Kwame Alexander novel in verse. If you've liked any of the others, you'll like this one, too.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I loved the grandparents in this novel especially the grandfather. I felt that I could almost hear what he was going to say before he even said it. Charlie thought his life at home was rough but when he found himself spending his summer with his grandparents, he soon realized that living at home wasn’t so bad. Perspective, it was interesting to see how Charlie’s perspective changed throughout the novel. Great relationships in the novel and there’s not a lot of “preaching” in this novel to get the points across. His objective nature began to change by itself. A powerful, motivational novel that uses sports, poems and friendships to reach its audience.
SCHS_Reader More than 1 year ago
I've read this book called Rebound by kwame Alexander it's a book of poetry. The author wrote the poems in first person point of view. Most of the poems are about basketball, some are about when he was growing up. I could relate this book to basketball because I play basketball. In the book one of my favorite poem where the kid charlie and his friends wanted to go to to the quick mart and they didn't have any money so they went to an old lady and stole her bottle caps and cashed them in so they could go to the quick mart. I dident like this book but I would recommend this book to you if you like poems and basketball.
dog_boi More than 1 year ago
it was very gucci
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
For someone who doesn't really like poetry, I've been reading an awful lot of it this year. And this is definitely one I'm glad I picked up. I will definitely have to pick up the rest of the series! Josh and Jordana Bell have been balling, but before them, there was their father. This is their father's story, told in the same poetic fashion as their stories. This book is interesting to me because it's set in 1988. It was so cool to read some of the things that were happening in that time period. I also really loved seeing some of the things that I recognozed now that were popular even then, like Now & Laters and the Harlem Globetrotters. It's so cool to see what things have lasted the span of time. I also really liked the mix between comics and poetry. And the poetry that was put into the comics was SO. DOPE. While reading, I could hear myself making it into a song in my head. I put it against an old school sounding beat and it made it so much better. I liked the entire book, but I really wish there were more comic style pages. I really loved the storytelling. One of the main reasons I don't like novels in verse, is I feel like a lot of the story gets missed because the author is trying to keep the poem's form. This book isn't like that. It tells the entire story and even for those like me who haven't read Crossover and Booked, it was still easy to follow along and get the full impact of the story. This isn't my normal read, but I can see myself reading everything else that has Alexander's name on it. The mix of comics, basketball, and diverse reads definitely overrpowers my dislike for novels in verse lol
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 9 year old LOVED this book.