Lupica, Mike Game Changers 224 pgs. Scholastic, 2012. $16.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
Eleven year old Ben wants to be quarterback of the football team but the odds are stacked against him. He is short and the new coach wants his son to be quarterback, Shawn. Shawn can be a good player, but doesn’t seem like he enjoys football and oddly, he doesn’t try to make friends with the other players. Ben decides to befriend and support him. It first he thinks its going to work, but Shawn starts to push back against him, especially when Ben’s football skills start to shine.
I dread, more than any genre, reading sports fiction, and to be honest, I skimmed the in-game parts. But the other plot components were incredible well written and woven together, with some powerful lessons about teamwork and friendship. This is a popular and go-to author for students, and I think they would be thrilled to read it. Other than one ‘heck’ its wholesome and a friendly read for a school library.
EL –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.