Rebound by Kwame Alexander: Book Review

November 24th, 2019 by

rebound-kwame-alexanderI am decidedly not a sports fan. The only sport I really like watching is Quidditch. But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a good sports book — especially one that’s as much about the characters and their lives as about their athletics on the court. Rebound by Kwame Alexander falls into that group.

If you’ve read Kwame Alexander’s other books The Crossover or Booked, then you kind of know what to expect: The story is told in verse, from the perspective of the main character. And like those other books, Rebound goes back and forth between play-by-play sports sequences and moving family moments.

Rebound tells the story of Charlie, who is sent off to live with his grandparents the summer after his father dies. At first, Charlie would rather stay in his room reading comics. But before long, he’s forced to spend his days at the local Boys and Girls Club with his cousin, Roxie, working on his basketball skills.

Over the course of the summer, it’s not just Charlie’s game that improves — he finds himself learning a lot from his grandfather and maybe just maybe finally starting to deal with his heartbreak over losing his dad. But can he go the whole summer without getting into trouble? Let’s just say that despite his best intentions, Charlie finds it hard to stay out of hot water…

Unlike Kwame Alexander’s other books, Rebound also incorporates something new: comic panels that show some of Charlie’s fantasies of basketball glory. Pretty fitting for a character who loves comic books. I only wish there were even more comic parts to the book!

I’d recommend this book first and foremost to fans of The Crossover — not just because of the similar feel, but also because Charlie is actually the father of the main characters from The Crossover. So in a way, this is kind of a prequel to their story — or in comic book terms, it’s an origin story for Charlie Bell.

I’d also suggest this book if you’re a fan of other stories that tie together personal challenges and sports, like the Track series by Jason Reynolds or Heat by Mike Lupica.

What’s YOUR favorite sport? Leave a comment below! And if you’re like me and a Quidditch fan, you can also tell me your favorite magical team! (Mine’s the Holyhead Harpies, the only all-witch team in Britain!)

— Karen

Even though Karen doesn’t watch a lot of sports, she obviously still enjoys books involving sports. But she’d love to see a book that intersperses Quidditch matches and personal stories. Or wait, is that just Harry Potter?

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

December 27th, 2017 by

The Crossover_Kwame AlexanderSubmitted by Kasey, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

I think the book was ok at fist and at the end then it was so good.The special part is that it is like a poem and it tied me in.It about basketball.

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

December 26th, 2017 by

The Crossover_Kwame AlexanderSubmitted by Mallory, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

I think that Croossover is a very good book. Because i like basketball. And it has same words that the Dad says is funny.

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

November 20th, 2017 by

The Crossover_Kwame AlexanderSubmitted by Wyatt, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is amazing. It’s written in stanzas just to let you know. It’s about a kid who craves basketball and is going through a really hard time. Read to find out

Booked by Kwame Alexander

October 16th, 2017 by

Booked_Kwame-AlexanderSubmitted by Wyatt, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is about a kid who loves soccer. And he has a crush on a girl named April

Booked by Kwame Alexander

October 14th, 2017 by

Booked_Kwame-AlexanderSubmitted by Wyatt, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is amazing it’s about a kid who loves soccer and his mom and dad get divorced you should definitely read it.

Booked by Kwame Alexander

March 31st, 2017 by

Booked_Kwame-AlexanderSubmitted by Pat, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This is about a boy named Nick. Nick loves soccer,he also loves this girl named April Farrow.when he played soccer he sprained his ankle and had to go to the hospital.👏👏👏👏👏👏👏One of the best books I have read

Booked by Kwame Alexander

March 7th, 2017 by

Booked_Kwame-AlexanderSubmitted by Ava, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★½☆

It’s a easy book to read and it’s good but there was something about it that I didn’t like. It was no where near as good as The Crossover.

Booked by Kwame Alexander

January 12th, 2017 by

Booked_Kwame-AlexanderSubmitted by Hunter, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

Booked is a great book the main character is Nick, Nick has a good life in till his mom is leaving to work somewhere else without him then he starts falling asleep in class. He plays soccer and he is very good and his friend but there on different teams Nike sprained his ankle. So there is some good information about the book I suggest kids to read this book if you haven’t. And I loved it.

Booked by Kwame Alexander

January 10th, 2017 by

Booked_Kwame-AlexanderSubmitted by Bryson, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is good because everything is going good for Nick until his parents have a disagreement and now Luke is sad because it’s just him and his dad live together and it’s not the same without mom.Then at one of his soccer games he sprains his ankle and at the doctors he find out that he is not sick he has appendicitis and will not be able to participate in the Dallas cup.

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