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By Kwame Alexander

Nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Highly commended for the CLPE Poetry Award. Follow Nick's trials and triumphs on and off the pitch in Kwame Alexander's New York Times-bestselling follow-up to The Crossover

Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can’t nobody stop you/can’t nobody cop you… Twelve-year-old Nick is a football-mad boy who absolutely hates books. In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel The Crossover, football, family, love, and friendship take centre stage as Nick tries to figure out how to navigate his parents’ break-up, stand up to bullies, and impress the girl of his dreams. These challenges – which seem even harder than scoring a tie-breaking, game-winning goal – change his life, as well as his best friend’s. This energetic novel-in-verse by the poet Kwame Alexander captures all the thrills and setbacks, the action and emotion of a World Cup match.

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Publishing in time for Euro 2016
  • A lively novel in verse that will particularly appeal to sport-mad teenagers and reluctant readers

About the author

Kwame Alexander is a poet, children's book Author Biography, playwright, producer, public speaker, performer, and winner of the Newbery Medal for his novel-in-verse, The Crossover. He conducts creative writing workshops in middle and high schools, often reaching more than five hundred students monthly. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the Washington, D.C., area. Visit his website at www.kwamealexander.com.

ISBN: 9781783444656
Imprint: Andersen Press
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: May 5, 2016
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm, 320pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $19.99
New Zealand RRP: $21.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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