By Kwame Alexander

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 no one cease you/
can’t no one cop you…
during this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER,  soccer, relations, love, and friendship, take heart degree as twelve-year-old Nick learns the ability of phrases as he wrestles with difficulties at domestic, stands as much as a bully, and attempts to provoke the lady of his dreams. Helping him alongside are his ally and infrequently teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who supplies Nick inspiring books to read.  
This electrical and heartfelt novel-in-verse through poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks because it captures all of the thrills and setbacks, motion and emotion of an international Cup match!

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Chimichangas The silence at dinner is just interrupted through the chomping of chips and salsa at what was once our favourite kin eating place. How Did We Get right here? On moment concept, there's something you’d prefer to ask your mom and dad. in response to a brochure in Dr. Fraud’s place of work, adultery is the major reason of divorce between american citizens. valuable Miller could agree. His spouse acquired stuck kissing a guy who wasn’t relevant Miller. Splitsville. Your Uncle Jerry hand over his activity and your Aunt Janice figured out while her brand-new Lexus acquired repossessed. Separated. Coby’s parents by no means acquired divorced simply because they have been by no means married. yet you continue to don’t understand what occurred. So correct after the 1st chew of enchilada you are saying: Dad, did you cheat on mother or anything? Beads of sweat hold to his bald head. mother stops chewing and gulps. yet prior to both can solution, bet who walks up in a T-shirt that claims: i love monstrous BOOKS and that i can't Lie? Introductions ma and pa, this is often Mr. MacDonald, our librarian. Dad stands up, shakes his hand, and The Mac, in, get this, purple, white, and blue bowling footwear, kisses Mom’s hand. Dad kinda frowns. great to fulfill you , eventually. Sorry for the sweaty hands. occurs after bowling. mother slips her hand in her lap (where her serviette is). Your son talks approximately you forever. i am hoping great issues, mother says. really, he kinda wishes you to take it effortless on him. existence ain’t been no crystal stair for younger Nicholas the following, he provides. The silence is thick and large uncomfortable. I’m simply kidding, The Mac says, after which breaks out into a way-too-loud chortle. good, I may still come again to my girlfriend. simply desired to say hi. Nick, they’re much cooler than you stated, he pretend-whispers to you. good, it’s our excitement, Mr. MacDonald, mother says. Oh, another factor, Nick. Did you end that Pelé publication but? You lie and say yeah, ’cause the very last thing you wish is he and pop ganging up on you over a publication that’s by no means gonna get learn. He turns to go away, and your mouth hits the desk for those who see The Mac’s female friend in crimson heels waving from throughout the room is Ms. Hardwick. Yuck. Alarm Clock mother, I overslept, are you able to force me to college, please? It’s too past due to take the bus. certain. Cool? How’d you get to varsity? My mother. She’s again? She used to be. yet she’s long gone back. Why didn’t you name me? I overslept. Dude, you by no means oversleep. I simply desired to see my mother a bit longer. Yeah, no matter what. you must come over after university? Don’t you might have perform this night? We’re simply working this day. trainer says we’re prepared. able to get demolished like an outdated condo construction? We’ll see. you notice what April has on this present day? Whoa! Be daring, Nick! Yeah, I should still. Be daring or move domestic. I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna put on cool at the present time. Huh? not more corduroys and turtlenecks for Nick corridor. What are you speaking approximately, Nick? At lunch, I’m asking April to be my female friend. Yeah, correct! heavily, i'm. What are you gonna say? Uh, will you be my female friend? That’s corny. Be cool with it. How might you recognize?

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