"AlexanderÕs lyrical free verse and Corey AllenÕs musical narration are as magical a combination as this storyÕs pairing of basketball and poetry. Allen blends rhyming, hip-hop, and jazzy words into a melodic flow. His tones switch like a fast-changing crossover dribble as he narrates from the viewpoint of 13-year-old Jordan Bell, aka ÒFilthy McNasty.Ó Filthy crows with cockiness, taunting his twin brother in a pick-up game, then is immediately meek at his motherÕs stern reminder to clean his filthy room. In one moment Filthy is on the court trash-talking his father, formerly a famous basketball player. Seconds later, heÕs plunged into a life-or-death situation. Allen maintains the tension throughout the sibling rivalry, athletic competition, and sudden tragedy. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"