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By Kwame Alexander

Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can't not anyone cease you/
can't not anyone cop you...

In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER, football, kin, love, and friendship, take heart degree as twelve-year-old Nick learns the ability of phrases as he wrestles with difficulties at domestic, stands as much as a bully, and attempts to provoke the woman of his desires. supporting him alongside are his ally and infrequently teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who provides Nick inspiring books to learn.

This electrical and heartfelt novel-in-verse by means of poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks because it captures all of the thrills and setbacks, motion and emotion of a global Cup fit!

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3I 10 The Countess Cathleen in Paradise All the heavy days are over; Leave the body's coloured pride Underneath the grass and clover, With the feet laid side by side. Bathed in flaming founts of duty She'll not ask a haughty dress; Carry all that mournful beauty To the scented oaken press. THE ROSE Did the kiss of Mother Mary Put that music in her face? Yet she goes with footstep wary, Full of earth's old timid grace. 43 10 'Mong the feet of angels seven What a dancer, glimmering! All the heavens bow down to Heaven, Flame to flame and wing to wing.

I see my life go drifting like a river From change to change; I have been many things A green drop in the surge, a gleam of light Upon a sword, a fir-tree on a hill, An old slave grinding at a heavy quern, A king sitting upon a chair of gold And all these things were wonderful and great; But now I have grown nothing, knowing all. Ah! Druid, Druid, how great webs of sorrow Lay hidden in the small slate-coloured thing! ' Then Emer cast the web upon the floor, And raising arms all raddled with the dye, Parted her lips with a loud sudden cry.

And ah, you proud maiden, you are not so fair when his oar Is heard on the water, as they were, the proud and apart, Who paced in the eve by the nets on the pebbly shore, When I was a boy with never a crack in my heart. I4 10 The Ballad of Father O'Hart Good Father John O'Hart In penal days rode out To a shoneen who had free lands And his own snipe and trout. In trust took he John's lands; Sleiveens were all his race; And he gave them as dowers to his daughters, And they married beyond their place.

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