Written by Kwame Alexander
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.
Primary Source Pairing:
For Josh and Jordan Bell, basketball is life. The term crossover, also the title of the book, is a basketball maneuver where the player dribbles the ball and switches the ball rapidly from one hand to the other to change direction of play. The primary source pairing is a drawing made by Layet Johnson. His image artfully shows this basketball move and will connect with students’ prior knowledge and create a framework for students still learning about basketball.
Questions for Discussion:
- Describe what you see.
- What do you notice first?
- What people and objects are shown?
- How are they arranged?
- What words do you see?
- What other details can you see?
- What can you learn from examining this image?
Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Crossover Drawing: created by Layet Johnson