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From the award-winning author Kwame Alexander comes Rebound, the prequel to the New York Times-bestselling follow-up to The Crossover. Follow Charlie as his life changes over one incredible summer where he discovers basketball, first love and his family's past.

About the Author

Kwame Alexander (Author)
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times bestselling author of 28+ books, including The Undefeated, Booked and Rebound, the follow-up to his Newbery medal-winning middle grade novel, The Crossover. He's also the Founding Editor of Versify, an imprint that publishes fiction and poetry for children and young adults.

Dawud Anyabwile (Illustrator)
Dawud Anyabwile is an Emmy award-winning artist, illustrator and co-creator of the comic book series, Brotherman- Dictator of Discipline. He has worked for Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon as a character designer and storyboard artist, and as an illustrator for several publishers. When Dawud is not working on his illustrations, he is busy volunteering and teaching art classes.


"Alexander effortlessly marries rap rhythms with plaintive, passionate and deceptively simple verse" -- Imogen Russell Williams * Guardian *
"Designed to appeal to reluctant readers, little prevents the rest of us being caught up by the comic-mad Charlie Bell" -- Kitty Empire * Observer *
"Alexander manages to distill huge emotions into punchy poems that leap off the page. Interspersed throughout with vibrant comic strips drawn by Dawud Anyabwile, this is an energetic and dynamic story that is full of heart." * Scotsman *
"The poetry grabs you and just won't let you go, everyone must read this book." -- Emily Drabble * Books For Keeps - Books of the Year 2018 *
"Interspersed with amazing 'comic-strip' illustrations... The rhythm and pace of this verse novel pulls readers aged 11+ into Charlie's world." * Best New Children's Books Guide, produced by the Publishers' Association and published in the Guardian 2018 *
"Rebound is funny, moving and full of great ideas on how to live your life - and almost impossible not to read in one sitting." -- Emily Drabble * BookTrust *
"Once again, Alexander has given readers an African-American protagonist to cheer. He is surrounded by a strong supporting cast, especially two brilliant female characters. The novel in verse is enhanced by Anyabwile's art, which reinforces Charlie's love for comics. An eminently satisfying story of family, recovery, and growing into manhood." -- starred review * Kirkus *
"The sad, funny poems, dialogues and beautiful snatches of comic-strip illustrations will make readers laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time." * Inis Reading Guide *
"The plot, as rich and satisfying as it is, is outdazzled by the brilliance of wordplay and syntax. Librarians who delighted at The Crossover's popularity will be thrilled with this pitch-perfect follow-up. Alexander is unstoppable, and his fans will be too. Have extra copies at the ready." -- starred review * Booklist *
"Alexander's verse maintains energy and momentum. A strong and satisfying book about grief, love and the power of family" * New York Times *

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