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'Hoop kings SOAR in kicks with wings. Game so sweet it's like bee stings.' It's 1988. Charlie Bell is still mourning his father, and struggling to figure out how he feels for his best (girl) friend, CJ. When he gets into trouble one too many times, he's packed off 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? From the New York Times-bestselling author Kwame Alexander, Rebound is a stunning coming-of-age novel in verse about basketball, family and staying true to yourself. A prequel to The Crossover, winner of the Newbery Medal, and follow-up to Booked, highly commended for the CLiPPA prize and nominated for the Carnegie Medal. With comic-book illustrations from award-winning graphic novel artist Dawud Anyabwile.
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Kwame Alexander (Author) Kwame Alexander is a poet, children's book author, playwright, producer, public speaker, performer, and winner of the Newbery Medal for his novel-in-verse, The Crossover. He conducts creative writing workshops in middle and high schools, often reaching more than five hundred students monthly. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the Washington, D.C., area. Visit his website at www.kwamealexander.com. Dawud Anyabwile (Illustrator) Dawud Anyabwile is an Emmy award-winning artist, illustrator and co-creator of the comic book series, Brotherman- Dictator of Discipline. He has worked for Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon as a character designer and storyboard artist, and as an illustrator for several publishers. When Dawud is not working on his illustrations, he is busy volunteering and teaching art classes.

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"Alexander effortlessly marries rap rhythms with plaintive, passionate and deceptively simple verse" -- Imogen Russell Williams * Guardian * "Designed to appeal to reluctant readers, little prevents the rest of us being caught up by the comic-mad Charlie Bell" -- Kitty Empire * Observer * "Rebound is funny, moving and full of great ideas on how to live your life - and almost impossible not to read in one sitting." -- Emily Drabble * BookTrust * "Once again, Alexander has given readers an African-American protagonist to cheer. He is surrounded by a strong supporting cast, especially two brilliant female characters. The novel in verse is enhanced by Anyabwile's art, which reinforces Charlie's love for comics. An eminently satisfying story of family, recovery, and growing into manhood." -- starred review * Kirkus * "The plot, as rich and satisfying as it is, is outdazzled by the brilliance of wordplay and syntax. Librarians who delighted at The Crossover's popularity will be thrilled with this pitch-perfect follow-up. Alexander is unstoppable, and his fans will be too. Have extra copies at the ready." -- starred review * Booklist * "Alexander's verse maintains energy and momentum. A strong and satisfying book about grief, love and the power of family" * New York Times * "A paean of praise to the redeeming power of family and friendship... both moving and exhilarating, even for those who have no love of basketball" * Books for Keeps *

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