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Author Kwame Alexander on the Inspiration Behind "The Crossover"

Author Kwame Alexander’s book, The Crossover, is in many ways an ode to his father—the young college basketball star, the PhD academic from Columbia, and the man who would offer advice to his son like “You can’t know what you don’t know” or “Don’t hang out with people who have less to lose than you do.” The story is framed through basketball, but is really a story about family, brotherhood, friendship, and the journey from boyhood to manhood.

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Children's and YA author Kwame Alexander holding his book The Crossover with Coretta Scott King Award

Poetry, Fiction

Kwame Alexander

Meet Kwame Alexander, a poet, educator, and New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal. In this video interview, find out why Alexander believes that poetry can change the world!