Swing and Solo: two novels-in-verse for teens that grapple with music (jazz and rock and roll), baseball, young love, and what’s really important in life. Solo by Kwame Alexander. Kwame Dawes "An examination of grief and politics in a deftly written novel set in 1980s Jamaica...Astonishing prose.—Kirkus Reviews"With...dreamlike sequences, this is best suited for readers who enjoy character studies as well as lovers of Jamaican fiction. RRP: $19.99; $14.99; Save $5.00; In Stock At Publisher; New York Times bestseller! ― Kwame Alexander, Solo. Remember to clear the cache and close the browser window. by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess ‧ RELEASE DATE: Aug. 1, 2017 The 17-year-old son of a troubled rock star is determined to find his own way in life and love. On the verge of adulthood, Blade Morrison wants to leave his father’s bad-boy reputation for drug-and-alcohol–induced antics and his sister’s edgy lifestyle behind. * Nicola Yoon, New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything * 'A contemporary hero's journey, brilliantly told.' Narrator: Kwame Alexander with Randy Preston. Kwame: Running Versify and trying to change the world for the best yet, one word at a time. Like “Orphans The word seems sad when you say it. Blade is a musician dealing with … We here at KidLit TV are excited about Kwame Alexander’s latest book SOLO (Blink, 2017). Reading Level: Ages 12 … Kirkus Reviews said Solo is, “A contemporary hero’s journey, brilliantly told.” Through the story of a young Black man searching for answers about his life, Solo empowers, engages, and encourages teenagers to move from heartache to healing, burden to blessings, depression to deliverance, and trials to … Solo is Kwame Alexander at his finest.” ~Nicola Moon, New York Times bestselling author of … Solo. -- PW (Publishers Weekly) "the authentic character development and tone will strike a chord with young adults." by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess ‧ RELEASE DATE: Aug. 1, 2017. Written entirely in verse, Kwame Alexander’s Solo is a bildungsroman narrated from the first-person perspective of a 17-year-old musician named Blade, who searches for his biological mother in Africa after learning that he was adopted. About Kwame Alexander. While Blade's sister, Storm, is able to remain hopeful in the face of all this adversity, Blade has a more difficult time. Author: Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess. Kwame Alexander has had great success with his poetry books for children, but his latest book is for teens. " As with other of Alexander’s award winning books, SOLO is written in verse.Set in the world of music, its main character Blade Morrison grows up in the shadow of his famous rock star father. SOLO . Book Review: Solo by Kwame Alexander. Solo Overview. 448 pages. Search Limit In Solo, Blade Morrison, a seventeen-year-old, struggles with his life as the son of Rutherford Morrison, a rock star and drug addict. Mary Rand Hess is a poet, screenwriter, mixed-media artist, and New York Times bestselling author of notable and award-winning books such as Solo and Swing (Blink YA), coauthored with Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander, Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures (National Geographic Children’s Books), also coauthored with Kwame Alexander … 5.0 out of 5 stars Solo is beautifully penned by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2017 The ink that graces the white space of this novel in verse is chosen, appointed, and then set free to flow melodically with purpose. A few months ago, I was fortunate to get my hands on an ARC of Solo, the new book by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess, and … All the new cars and money in the world can’t make up for the scathing tabloid covers or the fact that … Solo by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess is a New York Times bestseller!Kirkus Reviews said Solo is, “A contemporary hero’s journey, brilliantly told.” Through the story of a young Black man searching for answers about his life, Solo. Solo by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess is a New York Times bestseller! Biography Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 32 books, including THE UNDEFEATED, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, HOW TO READ A BOOK, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, SWING, REBOUND, which was shortlisted for prestigious Carnegie Medal, and, his NEWBERY medal-winning middle grade novel, THE … Unabridged: 4 hr 2 min Format: Digital Audiobook Publisher: Zondervan. Kwame Alexander (born August 21, 1968) is an American writer of poetry and children's fiction.His verse novel The Crossover won the 2015 Newbery Medal recognizing the year's "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." It was also selected as an Honor book for the Coretta Scott King Award.He also won a 2020 Newbery Honor for his illustrated … Mikrotik Cap ac RBcAPGi-5acD2nD-US Dual-Band Wireless Access Point 2.4 / 5GHz 802.11ac with Two Gigabit Ethernet Ports $ 79.99 Solo by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess is a New York Times bestseller! When he suddenly learns that he is adopted, and that Chapel, his girlfriend, has … Solo tells the story of seventeen-year-old Blade Morrison, who knows the life of a rock star isn’t really about the glitz and glamour. Parents need to know that Solo, by Newbery Medal winner Kwame Alexander (The Crossover) with poet and author Mary Rand Hess, is a novel in free verse about 17-year-old Blade, a Los Angeles musician, songwriter, and neglected son who begins to see the cost of fame.The story involves Blade's rock star dad's addiction, the death of a parent by allergic reaction, the death … - School Library Journal From award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander, with Mary Rand Hess, comes Solo, a YA novel written in poetic verse. "—Booklist"Dawes examines the complicated terrain of grief with uncanny insight and spare, lucid prose. Told entirely in verse, Solo is a story full of love, loss, addiction and music. 1 likes. Solo. An alibi is _____. I enjoyed Solo. It was also selected as an Honor book for the Coretta Scott King Award.He also won a 2020 Newbery Honor for his illustrated … The following version of this book was used to create the guide: Alexander, Kwame. This Study Guide consists of approximately 39 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Solo. The 17-year-old son of a troubled rock star is determined to find his own way in life and love. Solo is Kwame Alexander at his finest.' Solo by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess is a New York Times bestseller! Blade never asked for a life of the rich and famous. Q. Blink, 2017. Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess write this young adult book in all verses. Solo by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess is the story of seventeen-year-old Blade, a musician, whose mother has died, and whose rock star father struggles with addiction. About Kwame ». Published: 08/01/2017 Genre: Young Adult Fiction - Novels In Verse. Like Kwame Alexander's previous books, each character in Solo have elements that you can relate to and see in the people you know. Book Author: Kwame Alexander. Kwame Alexander Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times bestselling author of 28 books, including Swing, Solo, and Rebound, the follow-up to his Newbery Medal-winning middle grade novel, The Crossover. “The authentic character development and tone will strike a chord with young adults.” —School Library Journal “A gorgeously lyrical and passionate meditation on family and identity. Blade never asked for a life of the rich and famous. Kirkus Reviews said Solo is, "A contemporary hero's journey, brilliantly told." Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times bestselling author of 28 books, including Swing, Solo, and Rebound, the follow-up to his Newbery Medal-winning middle grade novel, The Crossover. We learn about rural life and culture. An orphan is like a soul bulb waiting to be planted in just the right place. Solo by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess is a New York Times bestseller! Solo (Paperback) By Alexander, Kwame By Hess, Mary Rand. Blink, 2018. When you’re an orphan, you no longer belong, but a child is a child of everyone, they belong to a community, to a greater garden, she says.” In fact, he'd give anything not to be the son of Rutherford Morrison, a washed-up rock star and drug addict with delusions of a comeback. For those teachers and readers who fell in love with Crossover and Booked, the prospect of a new book by Kwame Alexander can make their hearts flutter at the mere thought. Other authors: Mary Rand Hess Series: Blink (1) Members: Reviews: Popularity: Average rating: Mentions: 405: 22: 45,218 (4.09) 10: New York Times bestseller! Solo by Kwame Alexander is one of my favorite reads by an African American author this year.I usually don’t like reading books if the main character is a boy because I normally read books about girls. empowers, engages, and encourages teenagers to move from heartache to healing, burden to blessings, depression to deliverance, and trials to … I have always found those more interesting. Through the story of a young Black man searching for answers about his life, Solo empowers, engages, and encourages teenagers to move from heartache to healing, burden to blessings, depression to deliverance, … * Kirkus Reviews, starred review * show more. Ages: 14 - 17 My game's so criminal, I'd need an alibi is a pun which plays on the words criminal and alibi. Released August 1, 2017. Kwame Alexander (born August 21, 1968) is an American writer of poetry and children's fiction.His verse novel The Crossover won the 2015 Newbery Medal recognizing the year's "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." The emotions expressed by Blade are true to the teen experience. * * * * * Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 28 books, including SWING, SOLO, and REBOUND, the follow-up to his, NEWBERY medal-winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER. Kirkus Reviews said Solo is, “A contemporary hero’s journey, brilliantly told.” Through the story of a young Black man searching for answers about his life, Solo empowers, engages, and encourages teenagers to move from heartache to healing, burden to blessings, depression to deliverance, and trials to … Swing by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess. Kwame Alexander is the New York Times Bestselling author of 32 books, including The Undefeated; How to Read a Book; Solo; Swing; Rebound, which was shortlisted for prestigious Carnegie Medal; and his Newbery medal-winning middle grade novel, The Crossover. Kirkus Reviews said Solo is, “A contemporary hero’s journey, brilliantly told.” Through the story of a young Black man searching for answers about his life, Solo empowers, engages, and encourages teenagers to move from heartache to healing, burden to blessings, depression to deliverance, and trials to … She is the person who teaches us the most about Ghana. From award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander, with Mary Rand Hess, comes Solo, a YA novel written in poetic verse. My favorite character is Joy. Rock legends, including Nigerian Fela Kuti, are woven throughout the story and help to push the narrative along.