Nick Hall, hero in his own packed lunch box, too cool for school, so cool at foot-bool, has problems. There are problems at home, problems with detonating twins, problems with teachers, problems with words- in finding the right ones for April, and following up all the words that his father has collated in his prize winning dictionary.

Kwame Alexander’s Booked has met much praise for its style, content and delivery. The verse and message are tight, intelligent and riveting; like Nick, when he starts reading, I could not put the book down, and the story has really resonated.

I recommend Booked unequivocally for readers, would-be ‘non readers’,, for those needing a safe haven, for those needing a story upon which to hitch a ride. Superb!

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Kwame Alexander

(Andersen Press)

For boys, for girls, for the lonely, for the overpressure, for the reluctant or ‘too busy to read’ reader; ‘Booked’, a super book in verse and more, comes highly recommended. Although Nick Hall is an able student and keen sportsperson, it seems he is troubled. Not only is he being bullied but his parents’ divorce stings. It seems that nothing will be the same. Thereafter, why should Nick behave in the way his parents expect? After all hasn’t he been let down by them? Then again, his mother’s moved away for work, while his father seems out of touch. Why does he put such emphasis on words? After all, what good will words be to Nick approaching April, the girl of his dreams.
Alongside a heartfelt story, Kwame Alexander offers verse-prose that twists, turns, rollicks and rolls. It means we understand Nick’s feelings and frustrations and fears. Then again, what if the one thing upon which Nick feels good about seems to let him down? It seems as though a different team placing might conspire to separate him from his best friend. Is it possible that something could go right for Nick?

Goodreads Choice Award Poetry

Kirkus Starred Review title


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