Oh, man, Solo was such an amazing book. Genuinely inspiring, and I loved its messages. I actually decided to try something new just for it: writing my review in verse. There was just something about the way Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess wrote the words and gave them that rhythm that got my mind moving in just the right way that I couldn’t stop my thoughts from flowing. I love books like that. I love it when reading something makes me want to write and become a better writer.

I had the privilege of meeting Kwame Alexander last year. He came to talk at my school about writing poetry, writing about sports, winning the Newbery, and growing into yourself. He’s one of the most dynamic speakers I’ve encountered through work, regardless of profession, and all of the kids were enthralled during his presentation. If you’ve got any students who love sports or who shy away from poetry, his books are a great place to start.

And it’s entirely possible that this is the first time I’ve ever given a book this particular rating…

But yeah, it really does earn it.

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