|Booked (Crossover (Graphic Novels))|
Author: Alexander, Kwame
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. In graphic novel format.
Kirkus Reviews (11/01/21)
School Library Journal (+) (00/11/21)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 05/01/2023 After finding success with collaboration on the graphic novel adaptation of the popular, multiple awarding-winning novel-in-verse Crossover (2014), once again Alexander and Anyabwile have teamed up for this adaptation of Booked (2016), another multiple award-winning novel-in-verse. Anyabwile’s stunningly detailed and expressive artwork does an excellent job of enhancing an engaging story about an eighth-grade rising soccer star named Nick, who struggles with a series of complex challenges. As if his parents' impending separation, his dad’s exceedingly high expectations, and continuously having to deal with a pair of bullies aren’t bad enough, Nick faces an unexpected and sudden health scare that threatens to get in the way of his soccer aspirations, and the tween begins to feel like it's all far too much to handle. In representing how Nick deals with his struggles, Booked does an excellent job at conveying an important mental health message. Overall, this graphic novel, with excellent artwork, free verse text, an engaging story, and a thoughtful, important message, will appeal to many young readers. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.