Booked / by Kwame Alexander.

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    • Abstract:
      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.
    • Notes:
      School Library Journal, March 2016
      Booklist starred, February 2016
      Horn Book Starred, March 2016
      Kirkus Starred, January 2016
      New York Times, May 2016
      Bulletin (Center for Children's books), May 2016
      Voice of Youth Advocates (V.O.Y.A.), April 2016
      Publishers Weekly Annex, March 2016
      School Library Journal
      Booklist starred
      Horn Book Starred
      3.9 Follett Library Resources
      5-8 Follett Library Resources
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    • ABNT:
      ALEXANDER, K. Booked. [s. l.]: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016. ISBN 9780544570986. Disponível em: Acesso em: 25 maio. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Alexander K. Booked. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2016. Accessed May 25, 2020.
    • APA:
      Alexander, K. (2016). Booked. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Alexander, Kwame. 2016. Booked. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
    • Harvard:
      Alexander, K. (2016) Booked. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Available at: (Accessed: 25 May 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Alexander, K 2016, Booked, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, viewed 25 May 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Alexander, Kwame. Booked. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Alexander, Kwame. Booked. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Alexander K. Booked [Internet]. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2016 [cited 2020 May 25]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2016 February #1

*Starred Review* Nick doesn't think he is extraordinary, but it is true that he and his best friend, Coby, are stupendous soccer players. In addition, Nick's dad has written a dictionary, which means that Nick has a vocabulary that stupefies ordinary 12-year-olds. And there's the fact that the lovely April seems to like him. Abruptly, however, Nick's life crumbles when his mom announces she is leaving home to take a job in Kentucky, and a ruptured appendix lands Nick in the hospital, keeping him from playing in a prestigious soccer tournament. It sucks. Alexander treats readers to the same blend of poetry, humor, and insight that graced his ­Newbery-winning The Crossover (2014), enhanced with a thrilling literary zest. Mr. Mac, the school librarian, is a former rapper who, after undergoing brain surgery, joyfully embraced his true calling peddling books to middle-school students. Book after wonderful book is suggested to smart but reading-averse Nick. It's not a small thing to incorporate big issues like bullying and divorce into eminently readable free verse that connects boys, sports, and reading. While some may find Mr. Mac's passion a bit overwhelming (while others may find it simply delightful), middle-school readers and their advocates will surely love Alexander's joyous wordplay and celebration of reading.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Newbery winner and New York Times best-seller? Alexander's latest will surely have a lengthy waiting list. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall

Nick is a wordsmith, thanks to his linguistics-professor father, but he would rather be shining on the soccer field. He's blindsided when his parents separate; things worsen at school, too, as he and best friend Coby are targeted by the racist Eggleston twins. With accessible forms and engaging formatting, this novel in verse offers sports action combined with spot-on portrayals of middle-school life.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2016 #2

REAKIN'. WORLD. / who lives in a prison / of words. He calls it the pursuit of excellence. / You call it Shawshank." Nick would rather be shining on the soccer field with his best friend Coby Lee, trying to talk to April Farrow, or playing Ping-Pong with his cool mom. Nick is blindsided when his parents suddenly separate and Mom moves away, leaving him to live alone with his stern dad. Then things worsen at school, too, as he and Coby (whose dad is from Singapore and mom is from Ghana) are targeted by the racist Eggleston twins ("pit-bull mean / eighth grade tyrants / with beards"). Like Alexander's slam-dunk Newbery Medal winner, The Crossover (rev. 5/14), this novel in verse offers sports action combined with spot-on portrayals of middle-school life; warm, believable family and friend dynamics; and hip, down-to-earth adult secondary characters, such as The Mac, an eccentric rap-producer-turned-cool-librarian who supports Nick through his many trials. Alexander understands reluctant readers deeply, and here hands them a protagonist who is himself a smart, reading-averse kid who just wants to enjoy the words that interest him on his own terms. With accessible poetic forms and engaging formatting, Booked's pages will be turned swiftly and enthusiastically. katrina hedeen