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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 Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life. He is the cofounder of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program. Visit him at KwameAlexander.com. Mary Rand Hess is a poet, screenwriter, editor, and author of several books, including Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wide World in Poetry and Pictures (National Geographic, 2017), which she coauthored with Deanna Nikaido and Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander.

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'Despite the easy flow of verse, there is a density to this story with its multiple elements. Lively, moving, and heartfelt.' and ndash;Kirkus, starred review * Kirkus, starred review *
'and hellip;this novel packs a punch into its shocking and extremely powerful ending straight from today's headlines.' and ndash;Booklist * Booklist *
'This important and recommended contemporary YA will inspire young people to find their own voices and take a swing at life. A must-have.' and ndash;School Library Journal, starred review * School Library Journal *

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