Twelve year old Nick lives for soccer.
Along with his best friend Coby, there's few moves he doesn't know on the pitch.
Off the pitch, now that's a different story. His father's a wordsmith and makes Nick learn new, uncommon words on a regular basis. His mum's a horse fanatic that's tempted by a job in another state.
As troubles at home mount, Nick finds the pressure of success and humiliation by bullies a little too much. Guided by a rapper turned librarian named Mac, Nick tries his best to figure life out before he gets swallowed up by it.
Written in verse, Booked is a follow up to Alexander's award winning novel The Crossover, also written in verse.
I really loved this story and can't wait to get it into the hands of the students at the school I work at. Nick's story could be any of the students' that I speak to on a daily basis and I know they'll connect with it on a deep level.
I recommend Booked to ages 10 and up!