by Kwame Alexander
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
Newbery Award Winner
This fast-moving story, written in poem, you will dive you into a family of basketball. Twins, coached since they were three by their basketball winning father, “Da Man”, sizzle on the court. Josh and Jordan know every move, every line-up; they know how to play off other’s strengths, and into other’s blindspots; they rule the court. Coming into the final season games, headed for championship, Josh’s world starts to change. Jordan finds a girl friend and Josh becomes the outsider. Angry, he makes a dumb move, and is removed from all games, but must attend the games from the sidelines. During this growing up time, he asks that he not be called by his childhood name, Filthy McNasty. His father’s world is changing too, and we learn why the title fits the story.