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National Book Award Long List
New York Times Bestseller 

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…
In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER,  soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.  
This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match!

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages

    Booked Reviews

  • Brina
    Nov 28, 2016

    Kwame Alexander, on the heels of his award winning Crossover, has wowed his readers again with Booked, an equally poetic tale about sports as the backdrop for teenaged angst. In Booked, Alexander pres...

  • Cheri
    Nov 09, 2016

    Kwame Alexander writes poetry, as in “BOOKED” and children’s fiction. He won a Newbery Medal in 2015 for his book “The Crossover.” Reading “BOOKED” it’s easy to see why. You’d likely...

  • Book Riot Community
    Jun 03, 2016

    I really loved Alexander’s award-winning novel The Crossover, a story about twins that excel at basketball but have to navigate high school and homelife. Like The Crossover, Booked is written in ver...

  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    Dec 09, 2015

    What a fun ride! I liked that this book was totally middle grade but still tackled real issues like divorce, bullying etc in a funny yet insightful way :)...

  • Kristen
    Jan 13, 2016

    Warning: This review is really just going to be me gushing profusely at the awesomeness that is this book.LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.I loved Crossover, and have since pushed it into the ...

  • Joe
    Apr 25, 2016

    I'm really torn about this one. It starts off so strong. So very, very strong. The poetry is amazing. Alexander seamlessly blends style and meter and rhythm and the result is infectious. I was 100% in...

  • Laura
    Jan 15, 2016

    Once again, I am reminded of the dazzling power of a verse novel. What Kwame Alexander accomplishes and creates in so few words is astonishing. Every word and character moves with energy and color in ...

  • Beth
    Sep 30, 2015

    Just like The Crossover does with basketball, soccer circumvents what Booked is really about: family relationships, this time the main character Nick is dealing with his parent's impending divorce and...

  • Colby Sharp
    Apr 13, 2016

    I loved Kwame's Newbery Medal winning book The Crossover, and I liked this one even more. ...

  • Nicole Otting
    Jan 24, 2016

    Amazing and unputdownable! Kwame writes another book that will be so relatable to kids everywhere! Nick loves soccer, doesn't enjoy to read...yet, has the best librarian in the world aka The Mac, has ...

About Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including 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 Passaic Poetry Prize. Kwame writes for children