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by Alexander, Kwame,

Format: Book on CD 2018
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Northland Public Library Teen Audiobooks TEEN FIC ALEXANDER (COMPACT DISC)
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Teen Audiobooks
Things usually do not go as planned for seventeen-year-old Noah. He and his best friend Walt (aka Swing) have been cut from the high-school baseball team for the third year in a row, and it looks like Noah's love interest since fifth grade, Sam, will never take it past the best friend zone. Noah would love to retire his bat and accept the status quo, but Walt has got big plans for them both, which include making the best baseball comeback ever, getting the girl, and finally finding cool. Noah is reluctant, but fate intervenes when he discovers a gold mine of love letters from the 1950s. The letters initiate Noah into the curious rhythms of love and jazz. Soon, Walt's hitting balls out of the park, and Noah's composing anonymous love letters to Sam. But just as things have started looking up, the letters set off a chain of events that changes everything Noah knows to be true about love, friendship, sacrifice, and fate.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Alexander (Rebound , 2018) and Hess (Animal Ark , 2017) struck gold with their collaboration on Solo (2017), and this spiritual successor follows the same free-verse format. While quieter overall than Solo, the quality of the poems and distinct characterization is still there. High-school junior Noah explains, My best friend / Walt Disney Jones / is obsessed with jazz, / baseball, / dead famous people, / and finding cool, / if it's the last thing we ever do. Walt (aka Swing) is Noah's biggest cheerleader when it comes to winning over his lifelong crush, Sam. Unfortunately, she has Noah firmly in the friend zone. On a serendipitous trip to the thrift store, Noah finds inspirational love letters written by an enigmatic author named Corinthian. With some meddling from Walt, Noah crafts artistic found poems from the love letters and leaves them for Sam to find. Ultimately a nuanced examination of changing friendship dynamics and first loves, this novel packs a punch into its shocking and extremely powerful ending torn straight from today's headlines. High-Demand Backstory: Alexander and Hess' first collaboration hit best-seller lists, and this second topical outing is sure to pull a crowd as well.--Caitlin Kling Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "High school junior Noah has an unrequited crush on his friend Samantha, and when he discovers a handful of love letters from the 1960s, he is inspired to create mixed-media poetry that expresses his feelings. Noah had never planned to share the work with Sam, but then his well-meaning best friend, Walt (aka Swing), sends one of the poems to her anonymously. Meanwhile, someone is peppering the town with American flags, causing tension in the community as residents speculate about the meaning of the gesture. Things come to a head when Sam's ex-boyfriend becomes a suspect in the flag mystery, and Sam is convinced that the accusation is racially motivated. Alexander and Hess (co-authors of Solo) embrace the malleability of free verse, heightening emotions with shifting styles and rhythms, and though Swing's voice steals the show, the bantering friendship he and Noah share also shines. Interspersed throughout, the discovered letters and Noah's art poetry highlight the power of physical artifacts to inspire action and provide a tie to flags' symbolic meaning: "The one thing it should mean for everyone is freedom. Mind, body, and soul. Red, white, and blue. America the beautiful. The greatest love story yet to be." Ages 13-up. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Teenagers -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
High schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Baseball players -- Juvenile fiction.
School sports -- Juvenile fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Juvenile fiction.
Attitude (Psychology) -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Baseball -- Fiction.
Best friends -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Letters -- Fiction.
Novels in verse.
Young adult fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher Chicago :2018
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Hess, Mary Rand, author.
Dreamscape Media, LLC.
Recorded Books, Inc.
Participants/Performers Narrated by the author.
Audience 12 years and up.
Language English
Notes Compact disc.
In container (17 cm.).
Title from container.
Description 4 audio discs (approximately 4 hr., 9 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781974917297
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