• Crossing the Line

  • A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport that Changed Their Lives Forever
  • By: Kareem Rosser
  • Narrated by: Landon Woodson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (164 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Narrator Landon Woodson delivers the story perfectly, bringing out its range of emotions...Woodson offers the right inflections at the right times for the author's words - the emotional swings range from grief at the loss of a loved one to the pride Rosser feels in his accomplishments on the field." (AudioFile)

An inspiring memoir of defying the odds from Kareem Rosser, captain of the first all-Black squad to win the National Interscholastic Polo championship. "Crossing the Line will not just leave you with hope, but also ideas on how to make that hope transferable” (New York Times best-selling author Wes Moore).

Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Kareem thought he and his siblings would always be stuck in “The Bottom”, a community and neighborhood devastated by poverty and violence. Riding their bicycles through Philly’s Fairmount Park, Kareem’s brothers discover a barn full of horses. Noticing the brothers’ fascination with her misfit animals, Lezlie Hiner, founder of The Work to Ride stables, offers them their escape: an after school job in exchange for riding lessons.

What starts as an accidental discovery turns into a love for horseback riding that leads the Rossers to discovering their passion for polo. Pursuing the sport with determination and discipline, Kareem earns his place among the typically exclusive players in college, becoming part of the first all-Black national interscholastic polo championship team - all while struggling to keep his family together.

Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever is the story of bonds of brotherhood, family loyalty, the transformative connection between man and horse, and forging a better future that comes from overcoming impossible odds.  

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

"A marvelous addition to the literature of inspirational sports stories." (Booklist)

"This remarkable and inspiring story shines." (Publishers Weekly)

©2021 Kareem Rosser (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

ALA Alex Awards Winner (Adult for Young Adults), 2022

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Stunning and powerful

I have few books that have made me connect in wonder and pride as this book has done. Kareem is someone who has been a shining example of what can be achieved despite every obstacle.
I can honestly say I routed for him and his siblings the entire book, cried (tremendously) at their tragedies, even successes. This straightforward, no nonsense , true love affair with horses and connection was much more than I expected. I have since read chapters to friends and family as an example of what perseverance looks like. I highly recommend this book!!

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What an incredible story!

Wow, when is the movie coming out?!!!!! This is an incredible story like no other.

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Inspiring!!

As someone who works with horses in almost all capacities. As well as with youth from all walks of life! This was a great book! Life is not always easy and sometime just seemingly unfair. But there is more if we take our opportunities and run with them! (sounds easy but definitely not as easy as it sounds.) Thank you for sharing your story!

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AWESOME

Must listen, Powerful story, it shows success can be done be anyone willing to work hard

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Wow. Wow. Wow.

I don’t know what to say about this book. It is beautifully written and deeply moving. The author takes you on a journey that is heartbreaking and joyful and memorable. I absolutely loved this book.

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Superb biographical real life story .

Excellent inspirational, educational book of True to life struggles in West Philadelphia. A great Polo biography. This book has perfect narration!

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Saved by Horses

Bittersweet coming of age story and memoir of the struggle to overcome the obstacles of birth and lack of privilege. The language is simple yet elegant in uncovering the fear, despair, hope, joy and triumph felt by Rosser. There are times when the language is raw and cutting in response to events unfolding which the participants are powerless to prevent or alter.

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Start with the joy...

...of the photo cover. This book is raw and real, and just so good. So terrible and sweet. What a remarkable story of heartache and triumph. The author is a wonderful narrator, and I thank him for sharing this story. Would make a great movie! I highly recommend this book.

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Beautiful memoir about polo, horses, breaking out.

I bought this book because I like reading stories about horses. I did not anticipate the level to which I would be touched by Kareem's story. He comes from a place where most of us don't like to go or talk about. impoverished and in a crime ridden neighborhood he managed to stumble upon a polo riding program that helped him escape his destiny future for death or prison. but not only does he get out, he learns that horses help him with his anxiety, and he learns how to get back to the program that first helped him and so many others. I wish everyone could read this story.

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Beautiful story

A riveting and incredible story of a young man who found purpose, and solace, in a riding program in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia.