Starring: A Reluctant Reader

Summary:

Nick Hall is an 8th grader at Langston Hughes Middle School. School is great. Nick is playing soccer, making people laugh in English class, and then there's April Farrow He's in love. Even when his dad forces Nick to read his book - a dictionary of little-used words! - Nick is satisfied that things are going his way. Then, just like that, it all goes south.

First, there's school. His best friend Coby Lee joins the rival soccer team, and he is the new bullying target for twins Dean and Don Eggleston. Add to that, one of the twins is trying to make a move on April. Then, there's life at home. Nick's mom accepts a new job to train horses in Kentucky, then she tells him that they are getting a divorce. Last, but not least, Nick is diagnosed with a perforated appendix and loses his chance to shine at a big soccer tournament.

Enter Mr. McDonald, the school librarian.He's not like anyone Nick's ever met, and the two connect over one of Nick's least favorite things: books.


Teen Student Volunteer (15):
I like how Booked presents unexpected challenges that carry the story onward. Every page you turn gives the reader a lot of insight and it is almost like watching a movie in your head. I would read this again.

I didn't like the poetry form. Even with that, the author puts a lot of detail and description into the book. If you are someone who doesn't want to read full page paragraph books, this is perfect.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

If you love Kwame Alexander's work, you won't be disappointed with Booked! If you've never read his work - or aren't sure about novels in verse - this is the one to try! Great characters and descriptive writing will have you wondering what took you so long to find the genre.

Content Awareness Factors:

This book deals with bullying, divorce, and a bit of racism. 


Type of Book:
This is a novel in verse that depicts the life of a middle school boy trying to figure out who he is.
Educational Themes:

This is a coming-of-age story that has many real slices of life: relationships, expectations, self esteem, change. It also illustrates the power of learning. You might ask your reader what types of things Nick learned - and HOW he acquired that knowledge. Did they see anything they would want to adopt for themselves?

Reading Level:
3.9
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
11 and Up
Age of child:
Teen student volunteer. Reviewer age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. It is an enjoyable read, but the themes and lessons are also found in other stories.

Title Booked
About

Crossover Book 2

Author Kwame Alexander
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers © 2016
ISBN 9780544570986
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Family, Sports, Realism | Realistic Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Stories In Verse
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