"Warm Up" - "First Quarter"
• The Crossover is a young adult novel that is composed entirely in verse (poetry).
• The poems that make up the narrative are all related from the first-person point of view of 12-year-old protagonist Josh Bell.
• This verse novel has six main parts, each titled for a division within a basketball game: “Warm-Up,” “First Quarter,” “Second Quarter,” “Third Quarter,” “Fourth Quarter,” and “Overtime.”
• Within these six sections, each poem is titled in reference to its subject matter.
• In the first poem from “Warm-Up,” titled “Dribbling,” the narrator describes his moves on the basketball court.
• The author employs a variety of different stylistic devices in the poems of the verse novel, including alterations in the text of words (with some in all caps and some in all lower-case; staggered words that carry across the page; plays on rhyme and meter; assonance; alliteration; and consonance.
This section contains 2,816 words
(approx. 10 pages at 300 words per page)