This is a powerful story told through poetry.
It's also about basketball....which I normally would find very off-putting, but this was pretty awesome.
An amazon summary, ""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 grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander (He Said, She Said 2013).
This story was fantastic.
The stage seemed to be set by basketball, but really conquered a lot of hard issues that people grapple with as they grow up.
The twins do everything together; play basketball, walk to school, etc. Thick as thieves.
But then a twin gets a crush and everything starts becoming a little lopsided and out of sync; their mom worries about their dad's health and the book really portrays what feels like a real family.
The poetry lent itself to concise language, but read just like a regular novel would. It really helped to accelerate the pacing without losing anything important.
Great, quick read even though the book is a solid 237 pages.