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Booked

Booked

Published: 5 May 2016

Paperback / softback, 320 pages

Recommended for age 9+ and 11+

By Kwame Alexander

Published by Andersen Press Ltd

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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... Twelve-year-old Nick is a football-mad boy who absolutely hates books. In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel The Crossover, football, family, love, and friendship take centre stage as Nick tries to figure out how to navigate his parents' break-up, stand up to bullies, and impress the girl of his dreams.

These challenges - which seem even harder than scoring a tie-breaking, game-winning goal - change his life, as well as his best friend's. This energetic novel-in-verse by the poet Kwame Alexander captures all the thrills and setbacks, the action and emotion of a World Cup match.
This title features in our The Reading Journey selection.

Tagged football and sports

In this interview, Kwame Alexander talks about his versen novel, Booked... with occasional guitar accompaniment.

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