BOOKS of the MONTH – January

BOOKS of the MONTH – January/February

We are starting the new year at Walsh with two Books of the Month.

After reading one, remember to come down to the Library and fill out a short review with Mrs. Surro – and get yourself a special bookmark!


“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,” announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he’s got mad beats, too, that tell his family’s story in verse, in this fast and furious middle school novel of family and brotherhood.”

In Kwame Alexander’s book, The Crossover,  brothers Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story’s heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.



“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…”

If you liked Kwame Alexander’s,  The CROSSOVER, we think that you’ll also enjoy BOOKED. Using verse again, the same author tells another great story about soccer, family, love, and friendship which take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.  

This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match!”

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