Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New Times Times Bestselling author of 25 books, including ‘Rebound’, the follow-up to his Newbury Medal winning middle-grade novel, ‘The Crossover’. Kwame is the recipient of several awards, including Highly Commended for the CLiPPA Award and nominated for the Carnegie Medal, and he believes that poetry can change the world. He uses poetry to inspire and empower young people around the world with his writing workshops, often reaching more than five hundred students every month.
Kwame has led cultural exchange delegations to Brazil, Italy and Singapore, and to Ghana, where he is training teachers and building a library and health clinic as part of LEAP for Ghana – an international literacy program he co-founded. He is also the host and producer of ‘Bookish’, a literary talk show, and the founding editor of ‘Versify’, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.
It’s 1988. Charlie Bell is still mourning his father, and struggling to figure out he feels for his best (girl) friend, CJ. When he gets into trouble one too many times, he’s packed off like the Fresh Prince to stay with his grandparents for the summer. There his cousin, Roxie, introduces him to a whole new world; basketball. A legend on the courts is born. But can Charlie resist when trouble comes knocking once again?
‘Kwame Alexander… has the status of a rock star.’ – Times Literary Supplement
‘Alexander employs sparse verse, hip-hop influences and the rhythms of a poetry jam, creating an appealing package for reluctant readers, and sports fans especially.’
‘A mix of free-verse and hip-hop poetry that will have broad appeal… This will inspire budding players and poets alike.’