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Get This: A Poem Inspired by BOOKED

I am NOT…I repeat, NOT a poet. And I know it! But something about reading Booked by Kwame Alexander inspired me to write one.

Here’s a brief description of Booked from Amazon:

Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can’t nobody stop you/
can’t nobody cop you…

In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER,  soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.  

This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match!

It’s been years since I even tried to write a poem, but here goes. Even if you haven’t read the book (but please do), I hope this inspires you to live your best, most full life.

Without further ado, GET THIS…


BOOKED is a book about a boy

He’s funny and wise and timid and coy 

Scoring goals and a girl are the aims of his life

He falls for a girl his mom calls “your wife”

So many games he likes to play

From soccer to futsol to dreaming all day

Everything’s fine ’til his parents part 

It rocks his world and breaks his heart

His father’s words, they clutter his mind 

He closes all books, wants to leave them behind

Stifled by fear, he can’t find his voice

To read or not to read, he must make a choice

One book then two, the words start to make sense

He defends what he loves and soars over the fence (SCORE!)

He goes with the flow ’cause that’s what he must do

And so begins his next chapter…so how about you? 

To learn more about Booked, visit Kwame Alexander’s website here

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Elisa Zied is a nationally recognized and award-winning health and nutrition expert, author, speaker, and spokesperson. A trusted source of food, nutrition, and health information, Elisa has garnered millions of media impressions, lending her expertise and real-world perspective to dozens of TV shows, web sites, news organizations and magazines. She’s the author of four nutrition books. An avid walker, she loves motivating others to #moveitorloseit. A book lover, she recently earned a certificate in children’s literature from Stony Brook Southampton and is currently working on several young adult novels. You can find her previous Food, Fitness & Fiction posts here and connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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