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!
Josh and Jordan
12 year-old twins
Their basketball skills
Would make a church-goer sin
Sound of leather on pine
It's their favourite song
Till Jordan meets a girl
Then it's gone baby gone
Their father's a star
Played professional ball
Their mother's a principal
Watchin' kids in the hall
Nothing but net
Their game can't be beat
Till pop's heart shows signs
Of leavin' the kitchen for the heat
The big game is looming
Second half's a life-changer
You're crazy if you miss
The Crossover by K. Alexander
Let's face it, you always knew roller derby was cool. The speed, the action, the spills, the glorious, glorious puns. What's not to love? Roller Girl makes it even cooler with this sweet graphic novel from Victoria Jamieson.
Twelve year old Astrid's mom has a way of exposing her to art and culture - dragging her to museums, poetry readings and operas. One night, however, she surprises everyone when she takes Astrid and her best friend Nicole to watch roller derby.
Astrid is hooked. Nicole, not so much. When Astrid finds out that there's a roller derby camp being held nearby during the summer, she's even more excited. Astrid assumes Nicole will want to go too, but it turns out she has other plans. Plans that involve ballet camp and boys, not roller skates, helmets and war cries.
Astrid goes on alone, meeting new friends and practicing her heart out for the biggest night of her life - a real roller derby match in front of 500 people.
What I loved about this story was that not only does it involve realistic characteristics of a twelve year old - Astrid can be selfish, pig headed and also makes rash decisions, but that you actually learn about roller derby at the same time. I had no idea so much went into the routines, the hits and even the falls. It's up there with professional wrestling in its showmanship and spectacle.
It's fun read that anyone will enjoy, highly recommend it. Anyone in Years 7 and up will love this book!
I loved Fantasy Sports, I'd never heard of it before in my life and decided to buy it for the library based solely on the cover.
I'm glad I did. It's like Big Trouble in Little China if Kurt Russell had to play a game of basketball to defeat Lo Pan.
Wiz and Mug are an unlikely pair. Wiz is a small, snarky, intelligent wizard with a lot to prove. She's working for Mug, a Zangief-esque brute who thinks with his fists before his head.
As treasure hunters, they're always looking for a good haul. One fateful afternoon they stumble across a tomb containing an ancient puzzle, breaking through it, they enter an ancient arena ruled by a demon with the greatest basketball skills anyone has ever seen.
If Mug and Wiz are going to leave the arena with their skin still attached to their bones, they're gonna have to beat the demon in the greatest basketball rivalry since the 1984 Lakers & Celtics.
This book's the most fun you'll have in the library all day long, I can't wait to get it into the hands of the students.
I'd recommend it for Years 8 and up.