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SHORTLISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL and the CLIPPA

`Hoop kings SOAR
in kicks with wings.
Game so sweet
it's like bee stings.'

It's 1988. Charlie Bell is still mourning his father, and struggling to figure out how he feels for his best (girl) friend, CJ. When he gets into trouble one too many times, he's packed off to stay with his grandparents for the summer. There his cousin Roxie introduces him to a whole new world: basketball. A legend on the courts is born. But can Charlie resist when trouble comes knocking once again?

From the New York Times-bestselling author Kwame Alexander, Rebound is a stunning coming-of-age novel in verse about basketball, family and staying true to yourself.
A prequel to The Crossover, winner of the Newbery Medal, and follow-up to Booked, highly commended for the CLiPPA prize and nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

With comic-book illustrations from award-winning graphic novel artist Dawud Anyabwile.

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9th September '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Rebound 9781783447206
5 stars
WOW! I had no idea what to expect when I opened the cover of Rebound. It took about 10 pages for me to get used to the format -- this book is written in verse, in technical terms "a metrical line in a poetic composition", in other words, it's written as a poem, but not a rhyming poem. In addition, it weaves in a sort of comic strip/graphic novel element as the main character, Charlie Bell, imagines himself as a star basketball player. And it is an absolute pleasure to read.

It's the story of how Charlie gets into trouble and goes to live with his grandparents after the death of his father. Reeling from the loss of his beloved dad, he learns how to be a good friend, a good son to his grieving mother and a good person. He doesn't always see eye-to-eye with his stern grandfather or his talented cousin, but he cherishes his time with his family and his best (girl) friend CJ. He learns to see that sometimes friends can be wrong, can do the wrong thing and that surrounding yourself with good people and good influences isn't just a good idea, it's your own responsibility. 

Rebound is a coming-of-age novel that is so well written, so keenly observed, so complex and yet simple at the same time, it is an absolutely absorbing and beautiful book to read. I won this book for my 10-year-old niece, but her 17 year-old brother snagged it away and she finally has it on her nightstand. It's a testament to how appealing this book is across a wide range of readers. 
13th May '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Rebound 9781783447206
5 stars
This book is a series of poems that make up a story about Charlie Bell. It is a story about a young man trying to negotiate life after grief. It took a little while to get used to the format of the book and the poems but after I did, I really enjoyed reading the rest of the story. The characters within the book are depicted well and are interesting to read. 
28th May '18
I read it myself aged 10 aged 10
Rebound 9781783447206
5 stars
I enjoyed reading this book as it is very interesting. My favourite character in this book is Charlie. Charlie also has a friend whose name is CJ. It is my best book ever.
27th March '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Rebound 9781783447206
5 stars
I loved this book and gobbled it up in one sitting as the free verse style just suited the physical movement experienced in the basketball.  Charlie is a character to love and you will really care about how his summer works out.  5 stars!
29th May '18
Rory read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Rebound 9781783447206
5 stars
This book is a dream. I had not read any of Kwame Alexander’s books. Although this is a prequel to The Crossover it was still fine to read as a stand-alone book, although now I must read the others. This is the first “verse book” I have ever read and it was fantastic. The story great, the way it rhymes and rolls off your tongue even better. This book was made for reading out loud. 
29th May '18
FelixLowe read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Rebound 9781783447206
5 stars
This book is brilliant. When I saw it was written in verse, I wondered whether I would like it, but the verse made it quick and easy to read.
Charlie's dad has died so Charlie feels sad and angry and starts getting in trouble. His mum sends him to spend the summer with his grandparents (which he is not very happy about! ) There he meets his cousin Roxy and basketball. I loved the cartoons and the exciting basketball bits. 

I still can't believe I read a whole book that was a poem and loved it! 
29th May '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Rebound 9781783447206
5 stars
This book is a masterpiece and so un-put-downable that I read it in one sitting.

Charlie is grieving. His dad has died and he is sad, angry and is starting to get in trouble. When his mother sends him off to spend the summer with his grandparents, Charlie starts to heal. He helps his grandparents, spends time with his cousin and discovers the joy of basketball. Things are going great until an old friend comes to town...

Rebound, written in verse, is exciting and fast paced. The verse and the basketball cartoons make it very readable, especially for struggling or reluctant readers. It is not a lightweight read. It deals with grief (experienced by all three generations of the family), relationships, and the problem of whether to stick with your friends even when they are doing wrong. This is not heavy and overwhelming, however, as these issues are sensitively woven through the text. 

An original, high energy novel with a heart. I will be recommending it to anyone who will listen! 
29th May '18
I read it to trissebby aged 10 aged 10
Rebound 9781783447206
5 stars
This is a first 'verse book' ive read. I loved it. The story was good, sometimes it was sad. I really liked the character Charlie. I like to play basketball so this book was perfect. I will be going to the library and getting The Crossover as this story goes with it. 
31st May '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Rebound 9781783447206
4 stars
I loved this book! At first, the structure confused me, as it was not written like most books, most of the book was rhymed like a poem or had dialogue. Oher parts were like a comic book. Charlie Bell is a character I soon fell in love with, and his pain after losing his father is so moving throughout the book. Charlie falls in love with the sport of basketball, and in this sport, he begins to feel happier, with hope in his future. I was with him all the way and wanted him to be happy and complete. The ending was quite sudden, and what happened to Charlie was never quite explained, leaving me to only assume the worst but the book was so uplifting that I know it has a happy ending in any case. 
8th June '18
Boy read it themselves aged 14 aged 14
Rebound 9781783447206
4 stars
Rebound is a good story, it's not written like a normal story because it is made up from a series of poems.  This did make it hard for me to get into but when I started reading it like a normal book not like poetry I got into it. 

This book is about a boy called Chuck who is going through a lot dealing with the death of his Dad but with loads of support he learns to smile again. 
22nd May '19
St Greg's gurus read it themselves aged 11 to 16
Rebound 9781783447206
4 stars
I gave this book 4 stars for the good storyline.  Once you get going, you can't put the book down.

I think that Kwame Alexander has done a great job and this book is highly recommended.  The only downfall is the fact that it takes up a lot of pages with only one paragraph on each.  I don't really mind it but it is wasting paper.  The book would have the same feel with proper chapters covering full pages.

One other thing that came up was the comic pages.  I felt that they did not go with the story that well by popping up randomly.  Instead I would rather have pictures on some pages to summarise the events on the page.  Other than that I think it was a good read for your free time. 
3rd June '19
I read it myself (an adult) & to BishopsReaders aged 11 to 18
Rebound 9781783447206
4 stars
Charlie Bell, an only child who witnessed his father dying of a heart attack.  He used to play basket ball with his father but now doesn't have the heart to play.  Instead he starts going down the wrong path.  Stealing from an old lady and skipping school, his mother doesn't know what to do with him so sends him off to his grandparents for a few weeks.  And of course it gets worse and he wrongly gets arrested - being in the wrong place with the wrong people at the wrong time. This book is written in rhyme.  Short, sharp bursts of information that you can easily follow.  Some of the text is very small but it does also include cartoon strips through out.  Perfect for reluctant readers.  I don't usually like this type of book but I was drawn into this one.
29th May '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Rebound 9781783447206
4 stars
I liked this book as it was very different with poetic versus. It was an interesting book with a good storyline.
17th July '18
Poohbear read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Rebound 9781783447206
3 stars
I found the story interesting because it had some weird moments. The characters didn't have any star qualities but were easy to like. I'm not really sure which type of story it falls into. There are some pictures in it and it looks a massive book but not all the pages are full of writing. There are some sad moments but there are happy ones too.
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About Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a poet, speaker, educator, and New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children. His other works include the novels He Said, She Said and Booked, as well as his nonfiction debut, The Playboo...

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About Dawud Anyabwile

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Kwame Alexander is a poet, children's book author, 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...

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