The Crossover

Book review by Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Soaring, poignant, novel in verse hits all the right spots.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 15 reviews

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age 9+

Love love love

Many of the parent's reviews that state sexual content is overtly present in this book hasn't read many poetry books, especially the comment that stated the line, "getting under her skin" was a sexual innuendo. I implore you to explore the rest of Kwame Alexander's book before writing it off as crude, really get to know the author and his text before you write it off. I am a librarian who has studied and read this book multiple times. Kwame Alexander's work offers an honest, delightful, innovative and exciting story written from the perspective of young black boys, a perspective that should be present more heavily in the books we keep in our libraries. Kwame Alexander says this about his books, and this comment is why I will continue sharing his books with young readers. When Kwame was asked why he writes, he said, "to be authentic and tell my story. I was a black boy who laughed, had crushes, cried, played, felt, had troubling friendships, ate dinner with my family each evening. I want my writing to be a mirror for kids who look like me and a window for kids to look at different life and recognize it as very much like their own. I want every kid to know that they are worthy, valuable, and important." (http://neatoday.org/2016/06/01/kwame-alexander/)

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 16+

Why teach young children like this?

This book uses, sexual innuendos and slang to teach the concepts of jealously, forgiveness, tolerance, etc... Not sure why we can't find other ways to teach these lessons to our young children. If you desire to keep your young child sheltered from oversexualized media then this book is not for you. Examples: book touches on how father is excited by the mother and eludes they make loud noises in the bedroom; how under heavy breathing the boy explains to the girl he wants to peel her and get under her skin.... another excerpt on how he wants to drink her .

This title has:

Too much sex

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