The Crossover

by

Kwame Alexander

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The Backboard

When Dad ends up in the hospital, Josh angrily tells Mom that he's upset "because our backboard is splintered." In doing so, he draws a direct connection between the backboard on a basketball hoop--which keeps…

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The Championship Ring

Dad's championship ring lives in a locked box in Mom and Dad's closet. Though none of the characters explicitly explains where exactly Dad's championship ring came from, Dad says simply that he got it because…

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Locks/Wings

At the beginning of the novel, Josh wears his hair in locks. He explains that he does this not just to differentiate himself from JB, but also because it makes him feel closer to…

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