The Crossover

by

Kwame Alexander

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One of Josh and JB's teammates and friends. Like Josh and JB, he's very interested in talking about basketball, though he's not as inclined to practice as much; Josh implies that Vondie tries his best to win at wind sprints so that he doesn't have to practice. As Dad's health begins to decline, Vondie texts Josh to keep him updated on the team's status in the championship games and to ask after Dad.

Vondie Quotes in The Crossover

The The Crossover quotes below are all either spoken by Vondie or refer to Vondie. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Houghton Mifflin edition of The Crossover published in 2014.
First Quarter Quotes

and even though I don't plan it,
I let him win
and get ready to practice
harder.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), Vondie, Coach
Page Number: 57
Explanation and Analysis:
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Vondie Character Timeline in The Crossover

The timeline below shows where the character Vondie appears in The Crossover. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
First Quarter
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...to teachers as Coach calls the team in. He talks to them about love and Vondie bursts out laughing. Then, the game starts. (full context)
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Josh's Play-by-Play. As Vondie grabs the ball, the Reggie Lewis Wildcats—Josh's team—are ready to win. They've already won one... (full context)
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...and Josh feels like he's a chef in control of his kitchen. He passes to Vondie, who makes a basket. (full context)
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...by seven. Coach isn't worried; he starts blasting his favorite dance music. Josh, JB, and Vondie join in and dance the Cha-Cha Slide. JB gives Josh a look and Josh asks... (full context)
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...He doesn't hear his lock hit the ground, but he knows something is wrong when Vondie shouts, "OH, SNAP!" (full context)
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While Vondie and JB. Josh does his and JB's vocabulary homework while Vondie and JB debate whether... (full context)
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...wind sprints. During the wind sprints Coach announces that the winner doesn't have to practice. Vondie runs hard, but Josh is faster. He takes the lead but then lets Vondie win... (full context)
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...and he has to make two shots for them to win. He misses both, but Vondie grabs the ball on the second rebound. The ball goes back and forth and Josh... (full context)
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...he'll be at the gym over Thanksgiving break and why he cut his "cute" locks. Vondie giggles. As JB walks up, Miss Sweet Tea offers him some sweet iced tea. (full context)
Second Quarter
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...events that appear strange or funny because of coincidence. Josh says that it's ironic that Vondie's mom works for NASA, but Vondie hates astronomy. He says it's not ironic that his... (full context)
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...brand of shoes is the best. Today, however, Josh sits alone at the lunch table. Vondie is home sick, so Josh feels very alone when he watches JB saunter into the... (full context)
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...he and JB are both on the court the team is unstoppable. JB, Josh, and Vondie move the ball up the court. JB passes to Josh, who's in the corner. Two... (full context)
Third Quarter
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...isn't sure if JB read his letter, but he does notice that when he teases Vondie on the school bus, JB laughs a little. (full context)
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Even Vondie. Vondie has a girlfriend now too. She wants to be a doctor but for now,... (full context)
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Uh-oh. One afternoon, while Josh is on the phone with Vondie discussing the chances of Josh playing this season, Josh hears someone panting in his parents'... (full context)
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...that on her first day of school, she approached them, they talked about basketball, and Vondie said she was hot. JB says that he thought she was pulchritudinous. At that, JB... (full context)
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Josh's Play-by-Play. The Wildcats are down by three and not doing well. Vondie brings the ball up the court, but the defense presses close. Vondie passes to JB,... (full context)
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...will be better. She tells Josh to get a ride home with either Coach or Vondie, to say hi to Miss Sweet Tea (whom she calls by her real name, Alexis),... (full context)
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The Second Half. Vondie passes to JB, who expertly moves the ball up the court and makes a basket.... (full context)
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...at Josh's table with a McDonald's lunch. He gives a fry each to Josh and Vondie and then tells Josh that he and JB need to stop fighting. Coach explains that... (full context)
Fourth Quarter
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Text Messages from Vondie. After the game, Vondie sends several texts to Josh. He explains that the game went... (full context)
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...his head, telling him to play in the game. Josh gets into the car with Vondie and they drive to the championship game. (full context)