Inseparable twin brothers Josh and JB love basketball, but changes in their lives begin to pull them apart.
Below are some reading passages that we have hand picked to supplement this book. Be sure to read the passage summaries and our suggestions for instructional use.
In Walter Dean Myers’ short story “Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push,” a boy must change his approach to basketball when he loses the ability to walk.
In Teri Ellen Cross Davis’ poem “East 149th Street (Symphony for a Black Girl),” the speaker describes how she feels after having her hair braided by her mother.
In Gary Soto’s short story “Seventh Grade,” a boy tries to impress a girl on his first day of seventh grade.
In Piri Thomas’ short story “Amigo Brothers,” two best friends compete against each other in a boxing match.
In this contemporary poem, a child has a realization about her own mortality.
Kat Chow’s “In My Mom’s Shoes,” reflects on Chow losing her mother and the experience of walking in an old pair of her shoes.