Book Review: Rebound by Kwame Alexander

Hi Everyone!  It’s Becky, again.  I just read the latest from Kwame Alexander in the Crossover Series and here are my thoughts about it.

35999004Title: Rebound
Author: Kwame Alexander

Summary: In 1988, Charlie Bell is just trying to survive.  It has been just a few months since his beloved father died and he hasn’t been able to deal with his emotions.  But when his mother sends him to spend the summer with his grandparents in Washington D.C. Charlie will learn more about family and mourning then he ever thought was possible.

Review: This book proves why Kwame Alexander is considered a great children’s book author. “Rebound” is the prequel to his Newbery Award winning “The Crossover” and it both builds on that story and creates it’s own identity.  Alexander uses beautifully crafted poems to weave together a wonderful narrative for this book-in-verse that is both heartbreaking and inspiring.  His words are sparse yet the characters feel incredibly real and their pain is almost visceral. As you read through the 416 pages you get to know Charlie and his family and with just a few words on each page Alexander makes you care about them and their struggle with grief. The story is compelling and this is book about love, lost, and trying to discover yourself that tween, teens, and adult will be able to relate making it a must read for fans of the genre.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5

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