Kwame Alexander

We kick off National Poetry Month with an event hosted by our own Jeff Kinney: Kwame Alexander! Kwame took the literary world by surprise with his Newbery award-winning,THE CROSSOVER; a sports novel written in verse. Seeing this unlikely blend of sports and poetry turning scores of readers into poetry lovers, he prevailed through over 20 rejections by top publishers before scoring his New York Times bestselling middle-grade debut.

Tickets are only available online. Tickets for the signing line go on sale March 12th at 5pm, and include one (1) copy of Rebound and admission for two. Ticket price is $19.80 and includes tax plus fees.

From the New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander comes Rebound, a dynamic novel in verse and companion to his Newbery Award-winner, The Crossover, illustrated with striking graphic novel panels.
Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshiping, basketball star his sons look up to.

A novel in verse with all the impact and rhythm readers have come to expect from Kwame Alexander, Rebound will go back in time to visit the childhood of Chuck "Da Man" Bell during one pivotal summer when young Charlie is sent to stay with his grandparents where he discovers basketball and learns more about his family's past.
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 24 books, including THE CROSSOVER, a middle grade novel which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. Some of his other works include THE PLAYBOOK: 52 RULES TO HELP YOU AIM, SHOOT, AND SCORE IN THIS GAME OF LIFE; the picture books, ANIMAL ARK and OUT OF WONDER, and the young adult novel, SOLO.The recipient of the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award, Kwame is the host of the literary variety/talk show, Bookish, which airs Wednesdays on Facebook Watch. Visit Kwame at, on Twitter at @kwamealexander, and on Instagram at @kwamealexander.


Monday, April 2, 2018 - 7:00pm
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Rebound (The Crossover Series) By Kwame Alexander Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544868137
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Clarion Books - April 2nd, 2018

Booked (The Crossover Series) By Kwame Alexander Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544570986
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Clarion Books - April 5th, 2016

The Crossover: A Newbery Award Winner (The Crossover Series) By Kwame Alexander, Dawud Anyabwile (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Dawud Anyabwile (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544107717
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Clarion Books - March 18th, 2014