I was one of the incredibly lucky people to receive an advanced review copy of the new Kwame Alexander book Booked at NCTE. I loved The Crossover. My students love The Crossover. In fact, The Crossover was a Global Read Aloud finalist last year. So I knew that the very first book I had to read upon arriving home was Booked.
And I was not disappointed, it is hard to be when it is Kwame Alexander, but I did not love it as much as The Crossover. Perhaps it was the slightly repetitive nature of the story (family problems, sports references, a crush on a girl) or perhaps my heart doesn’t gravitate toward soccer references as much as it does basketball. Whatever the case, I liked it, just that, but my students love it. So if you are looking for a book to add that you know will be read by many. If you are looking for a book to give next year for students 4th grade and up, I would recommend this book. It will be read and loved by many students.