Teen Book Club meeting on The Crossover

The Southborough Library is promoting another virtual program for teens next week. This one will appeal to readers and maybe some fans of basketball and/or hip-hop.

The Teen Book Club invites teens to discuss a book and participate in fun activities. The selection is The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. The book is from Trottier Middle School’s summer reading list and “one of our favorite books”.

The novel is a story told entirely in poetic verse. The NY Times Book Review describes the Newbury Award winning bestseller as:

A beautifully measured novel of life and line.

Booklist describes the author’s unusual style:

“An accomplished author and poet, Alexander eloquently mashes up concrete poetry, hip-hop, a love of jazz, and a thriving family bond. The effect is poetry in motion.”

Book promos summarize the plot as follows:

Teen Book Club flyer“With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . . The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. ’Cuz tonight I’m delivering,” raps twelve-year-old Josh Bell. Thanks to their dad, he and his twin brother, Jordan, are kings on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood—he’s got mad beats, too, which help him find his rhythm when it’s all on the line.

As their winning season unfolds, things begin to change. When Jordan meets a girl, the twins’ bond unravels. Told in dynamic verse, this fast and furious middle grade novel that started it all absolutely bounces with rhythm and bursts with heart.

The “Teen Book Club” will meet via zoom with Library staff members Leah and Amy on Monday, July 20th at 3:00 pm. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite basketball jersey or team colors for the zoom call.

To participate, pre-register through the Southborough Recreation website.

You may be able to borrow an e-book or audiobook through the Library’s Overdrive/Libby app here. You can also see what’s available through the Library catalog here.

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