Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including Booked and The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. Kwame writes for children of all ages. His other works include Surf's Up, a picture book, Crush: Love Poems for Teenagers, and He Said She Said, a YA novel.
Spring 2017 Kids' Indie Next List -- "Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers"
"The volume reads like a series of locker- room pep talks by a
coach with stories to tell and advice to give..."
--Horn Book "A stirring collection of 52 motivational poems-as-rules..."
--Publishers Weekly "The advice never feels heavy-handed, and the author's voice shines through... This will appeal to fans of Alexander's previous middle-grade novels as well as young sports fans."
--Kirkus "Alexander uses sports as a metaphor for life in this earnest gathering of personal reminiscences."