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Apr 5, 2016


From Scribd: About the Book

Kwame Alexander returns with another novel in verse. In Booked, a follow-up to his Newbery Award winning novel The Crossover, 12-year-old Nick is obsessed with soccer.

As the novel progresses, the poetry shines and tells the story of Nick’s issues at home, his problems with a bully, and his desire to impress a girl. Readers learn about his best friend and teammate Coby, and the inspiring librarian known as The Mac.

This novel captures childhood emotion in a deep, intense way and Alexander’s characters leap off the page in rhythmic, lyrical poetry.

Apr 5, 2016

Über den Autor

Kwame Alexander is a poet, an educator, and the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-nine books, including Rebound, the follow-up to his Newbery Medal–winning novel, The Crossover. Kwame writes for children of all ages. His other picture books include Undefeated, Animal Ark, and Out of Wonder. A regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of several awards, including the Coretta Scott King Author Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, three NAACP Image Award nominations, and the 2018 inaugural Conroy Legacy Award. He believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his writing workshop, the Write Thing. Kwame is also the host and producer of the literary variety/talk show Bookish. You can visit him at

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Booked - Kwame Alexander


Copyright © 2016 by Kwame Alexander

Educator resources additional content © Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Text on page 284 used by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

All rights reserved. For information about permission to reproduce selections from this book, write to or to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 3 Park Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, New York 10016.

Cover photo © 2016 by Steve Gardner

Cover design by Lisa Vega

The Library of Congress has cataloged the hardcover edition as follows:

Names: Alexander, Kwame, author.

Title: Booked / by Kwame Alexander.

Description: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [©2016] |

Summary: Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.

Identifiers: LCCN 2015033312

Subjects: | CYAC: Novels in verse. | Soccer—Fiction. | Books—Fiction. | Reading—Fiction. | Self-esteem—Fiction.

BISAC: JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse. | JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Soccer. | JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Issues). | JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American.

Classification: LCC PZ7.5.A44 Bo 2016 | DDC [Fic]—dc23

LC record available at

ISBN 978-0-544-57098-6 hardcover

ISBN 978-1-328-59630-7 paperback

eISBN 978-0-544-78771-1


For Lynne, Stacey, Mary Ann, John, and Deborah,

some of the coolest librarians and teachers on the planet;

and to the best English teacher I never had:

Joanna Fox, the real dragonfly lady.


on the pitch, lightning faSt,

dribble, fake, then make a dash

player tries tO steal the ball

lift and step and make him fall

zip and zoom to find the spot

defense readies for the shot

Chip, then kick it in the air

take off like a Belgian hare

shoot it left, but watch it Curve

all he can do is observe

watch the ball bEnd in midflight

play this game faR into night.

Wake Up Call

After playing FIFA

online with Coby

till one thirty a.m.

last night,

you wake

this morning

to the sound

of Mom arguing

on the phone

with Dad.


Did you make up your bed?

Yeah. Can you put bananas in my pancakes, please?

Did you finish your homework?

Yeah. Can we play a quick game of Ping-Pong, Mom?

And what about the reading. I didn’t see you doing that yesterday.

Mom, Dad’s not even here.

Just because your father’s away doesn’t mean you can avoid your chores.

I barely have time for my real chores.

Perhaps you should spend less time playing Xbox at all hours of the night.


Oh, you think I didn’t know?

I’m sick of reading his stupid words, Mom. I’m going to high school next year and I shouldn’t have to keep doing this.

Why couldn’t your dad

be a musician

like Jimmy Leon’s dad

or own an oil company

like Coby’s?

Better yet, why couldn’t

he be a cool detective


a sleek silver

convertible sports car

like Will Smith

in Bad Boys?

Instead, your dad’s

a linguistics professor

with chronic verbomania*

as evidenced

by the fact

that he actually wrote

a dictionary

called Weird and Wonderful Words


get this,


In the elementary school spelling bee

when you intentionally

misspelled heifer,

he almost had a cow.

You’re the only kid

on your block

at school


who lives in a prison

of words.

He calls it the pursuit of excellence.

You call it Shawshank.

And even though your mother

forbids you to say it,

the truth is





she hollers,

SMASHING the ball

to the edge

of the right corner

of the table

with so much force,

it sends you diving

into the laundry stack,

trying and failing

to lob it back.

Loser does the dishes tonight.

You can’t say that now, Mom. It’s game point.

She drops a shot

right over the net

that you can’t get to.

You’re a one-trick pony, young boy.

Stick to soccer, she jokes, then

headlocks you,

hits you on the backside

with her paddle,

and soaks your forehead

in kisses

after beating you

for the fourth game

in a row.


used to race horses,

but now she only trains them.

Correction: she used to

train them,

which was pretty awesome,

especially when you

got to cowboy

around the neighborhood

or watch

the Preakness

from luxury box seats

with unlimited Coke and shrimp.

But she doesn’t do it anymore

since there are no horses

in the city.

Last year,

she did get asked

to train

a horse named

Bite My Dust,

but when she revealed

that we’d have to move

to some small town

with no university

(or travel soccer team),

Dad said No

with a capital N.

Blackjack on the Way to School

With two sevens showing, you

say, Hit me! Coby curses

when you get a third. BLACKJACK!

Ms. Hardwick’s Honors English class

is one boring

required read

after another.

So you’ve become a pro

at daydreaming

while pretend-listening.

The Beautiful Game

You’re pumped.

The match is tied

at the end

of extra time.

Players gather

at center circle

for the coin toss.

You call tails

and win.

Real Madrid scores

the first goal.

Ours bounces

off the left post.

They make

the next two

in a row.

We make three.

They miss

their final two.

It’s 3–3.

Your turn

to rev the engine,

turn on the jets.

Score, and you win.


lock arms

for the final kick.

The crowd roars,

screams your name:


Like a greyhound

coursing game,

you take off

from twelve yards out,


for the kill.

But right before

the winning kick

of your Barcelona debut,

Ms. Hardwick


across the field

in her heels and

purple polyester dress





The thing about daydreaming

in class

is you forget

what was happening

just before ninety thousand fans

started CHEERING you

to victory.

So everything blurs

when your best friend whispers

from behind,

She’s talking to you, bro,

and your teacher SLAMS

you with a question

that makes no sense:

The expression to nip something in the bud

is an example of what, Nicholas?

Uh, to nip it in the butt

is an example of

how to get slapped by a girl, you reply,

as confused

as a chameleon

in a bag

of gummy worms,

which sends

almost everyone

in class

into fits

of contagious snickering.

Everyone except

Ms. Hardwick.


Nicholas, I’ve warned you

about not paying attention

in my class.

This is your final warning.

Next time, it’s down to the office.

Now, can anyone answer

the question correctly?

I can, I can, Ms. Hardwick, says Winnifred,

the teacher’s pet (and a pain in the class).

What is the correct phrase, Winnifred?

Nip it in the bud, not butt, Ms. Hardwick, she answers, then adds,

Sorta like when you prune a flower

in the budding stage, to keep it from growing.

Then she rolls her eyes. In your direction.

Precisely. It is a metaphor

for dealing with a problem

when it is still small

and before it grows

into something LARGER, Ms. Hardwick says,

looking dead at you.

Ironically, Nicholas, by not paying attention,

you have stumbled upon another literary device

called a malapropism.* Do you know what it means?

And of course you do, but before

you can tell her Winnifred raises

her hand and starts spelling it:

M-A-L-A-P-R-O-P-I-S-M, from


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  • (5/5)
    This book really shows the meaning of the word friendship and family
  • (3/5)
    This is the second book I have read by Alexander. I don't like the writing style, personally. To me it's choppy.
  • (5/5)
    You love

    this book
    not just because it's fun
    to read free verse

    Or to write
    in the second person

    Instead, you smile
    AT the witty banter
    AT the word play
    AT the nuance in brevity
    AT the cadence in verse

    You think this is just
    the sort of book
    that might get
    reluctant readers to,

    get this,want to read more!
  • (5/5)
    I just love books told in verse and this one certainly didn't disappoint. This book had everything a librarian loves - books, a library, a book club , a COOL librarian, a love of words..... But it also throws in just enough sports, teen romance, teen angst, and family dynamics to make it appeal to a young reader.
  • (5/5)
    This book is about a kid who likes soccer and it's made in poems.
  • (4/5)
    This is a middle grade novel (written in verse, but this is not obvious when listening), about a 12 year old soccer kid, his family, dealing with bullies and very young love. An award winning author
  • (4/5)
    Booked by Kwame Alexander is a great book for struggling readers. The book is written in verse and leaves white space on the page. The language is friendly. The plot is relatable. Nick struggles with his relationship with his parents. He also is a struggling reader, but he develops a relationship with the school librarian. Recommended for middle and high school.
  • (4/5)
    Less about the sport than Crossover was, but heavy on the real life emotions and experiences of junior high - perfect in other words. I really enjoyed this very much and was engaged with the characters and their lives. From the super cool, ex-rapper librarian (who reminded me of a good friend), to the parents coming to grips with the changes in their relationship and in their own dreams, even to the bullies who jumped off each page they appeared on... there was serious truth happening here.
  • (4/5)
    I was still in the afterglow of loving Brown Girl Dreaming and hoping lightning would strike twice in the form of two terrific middle-grade books written in free verse. While Booked isn’t lightning, it is good.Twelve-year-old Nick Hall’s life revolves around playing soccer; hanging with his best friend Coby; getting to know a girl named April; resisting his linguistics-professor dad’s urging that he read more; and reeling from his mom’s decision to go back to work training horses ... in far-away Kentucky.It does not takea math geniusto understand thatwhen you subtracta motherfrom the equationwhat remainsis negative.It’s fairly realistic in content and very playful in structure, both the free-verse aspect (which takes just two pages to become comfortable with) and that some of the narrative work is done via changes in fonts. It veers close to feeling “teach-y” with its footnotes that define fun, odd words (Nick’s resistance to his dad’s influence is futile!), and yet doesn't feel teach-y at all as it actually guides readers in learning how to read -- to navigate unattributed dialogue, to jump without transitions from scene to scene. The fast-paced vignettes and copious white-space on the page make it appealing to reluctant readers. And its mention of numerous other real middle-grade/YA books (many of them also free verse) is a terrific what-to-read-next list.(Review based on an advance reading copy provided by the publisher.)
  • (4/5)
    I love Alexander's voice and the way he plays with words and their physicality in his writing. This is a good read.
  • (4/5)
    Nick Hall feels like his life is falling a part a little. His parents suddenly announce they are separating and his mom moves to Kentucky for work. He's getting bullied at school. He does have a couple things going he seems to be making progress with his crush, his best friend Coby always has his back, and it's soccer season. Nick's dad loves words and has written a weird word dictionary, Nick has an impressive vocabulary to boot. Footnotes with definitions are peppered throughout the text. There is a little pandering to librarians with the cool rappin' school librarian in the story who helps connect Nick to book club and books. A quick, engaging read.
  • (3/5)
    Like "Crossover," the protagonist of "Booked" comes across vividly and likably as your typical middle school boy, with a sports passion, a crush on a girl, and an aversion to reading. But there is trouble on the home front with his parents and a health issue sidelines him from his favorite sport. Kwame Alexander makes poetry cool.
  • (4/5)
    tween fiction, novels in verse, soccer, family separation
  • (4/5)
    Bought and read this one after I read the Crossover book. Very similar format except this one is about soccer and the personal tragedy is not the father's death. If you liked Crossover, I think you'll like Booked equally well.