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Author: Kwame Alexander

Publisher: Andersen Press


Twelve-year-old Nick is a football-mad boy who absolutely hates books. Football, family, love, and friendship take centre stage as Nick tries to figure out how to navigate his parents’ break-up, stand up to bullies, and impress the girl of his dreams. These challenges – which seem even harder than scoring a tie-breaking, game-winning goal – change his life, as well as his best friend’s. This energetic novel-in-verse by the poet Kwame Alexander captures all the thrills and setbacks, the action and emotion of a World Cup match.


6 thoughts on “Booked

  1. Jago Solloway DPL says:

    An amazing,amazing book i am just lost for words… beautifully written although the cliff hanger was slightly aggravating. All i want to do is read more of the book 9/10


  2. Ayan Nandi, Dulwich Prep London. says:

    I have never read Kwame Alexander before but Booked was a brilliant book. It is about how a boy called Nick overcomes his parents divorce and tries to concentrate on his football while pleasing his word obsessed dad. My favourite character was Cody as he sticks to being Nick’s friend and cheers him up. This is a really good book for reluctant or sports readers. The style is interesting and humour comes in as well. 8/10


  3. Shaylan Roy says:

    I loved Booked and thought I wouldn’t like the poem style but it was actually quite a good idea. The only negative was the sudden ending. With not that many words to a page, I would have expected there to be a lot more pages snd an overall bigger book. Still, I would rate it 8/10


  4. Mia Wickremasinghe and Gabriela Francis The Charter School says:

    We really enjoyed this book. We loved how it was in verses and was an easy and quick read It was nothing like we had read before. It was about a boy called Nick who loves soccer and playing it. He has a crazy dad who makes him read his dictionaries, he is trying to impress a girl called April and has a librarian who has a secret box. When something happens on the pitch Nicks world starts to fall apart …
    Read this book to find out what happens. We give it 8/10.


  5. Khiani Ofuyaekpone-Shombe Dulwich Prep London says:

    I really enjoyed this story because it was about the sport I love. Also I disliked the cliffhanger at the end because there is no second book and it just made me want to read more of books by the author. The book had such a grip on me because it was written in second person so it just made me feel like I was the main character and everything was happening to me. Booked would definitely go down as one of my all time favourite books and I have already recommended it to some of my football friends. I would rate it a 9.9/10 because of the cliffhanger at the end.


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