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Thirteen Year Old Teddy Youngblood Is In A Coma Fighting For His Life After An Unspecified Football Injury At Training Camp His Family And Friends Flock To His Bedside To Support His Recovery And To Discuss The Events Leading Up To The Tragic Accident Was This An Inevitable Result Of Playing A Violent Sport, Or Was Something Sinister Happening On The Field That Day Told In An Innovative, Multimedia Format Combining Dialogue, Texts, Newspaper Articles, Transcripts, An Online Forum, And Teddy S Inner Thoughts, Game Changer Explores The Joyous Thrills And Terrifying Risks Of America S Most Popular Sport

10 thoughts on “Game Changer

  1. says:

    This book was just what I needed Just a solid good book that kept me engaged the whole time I never once tried to find plot holes, dissect a characters choice, or throw my hands up in exasperation over the lack of editing It ended super tidy with a big kumbuya moment but I ain t even mad about it bc I loved it all I hate football and the obsession society has with it I m a super competitive person so it isn t even about that bc I m all about teamwork But the things I hear parents put their kids through at very young ages just so they can watch their kid play football disgusts me I really appreciate how the author loves football, had a kid play it and loved watching his kid play but still knew this book needed to be written I think this book would appeal to any kid and even adults.

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    ARC provided by the publisher upon requestAt the end of summer football camp for the Walthorne Wildcats, Ted Youngblood collapses as he comes off the field and ends up comatose in the hospital Told in dialogue, texts, interviews and chat boards by Ted s parents and sister, his doctors, his teammates and others from school, we slowly find out why Ted ended up being injured We also hear from Ted from the underwater depths of his coma Ted s parents are divorced, so are not always in agreement as to the treatment of their son Camille, who is the coach s daughter and has an interest in Ted, starts a chat board, but not all of the postings are supportive One commenter in particular, Clea, keeps bringing up the idea that Ethan, who hit Ted, did it on purpose As we go back and forth and hear the reactions of the different characters to the events, we find out about the culture of football in the school and the deep emotional attachment that the characters have to football, and watch as Ted slowly makes his way out of the depths of injury to re enter the world and reflects on what has happened There has been a lot of discussion lately about the age of characters in middle grade books, and how having one in 8th grade or high school tends to make the book young adult I think this is incorrect 6th, 7th, and 8th graders love to read about high school students, so the fact that Ted is in middle school but participating in a high school camp is brilliant There aren t many sports books that discuss summer conditioning programs, so it was interesting to read about this one, even if most of the events occurred after the camp itself The format does make this a quick read, and will make it popular with fans of Alexander s The Crossover or Myers Monster Personally, I adore Greenwald s regular narrative style, so would have preferred this to be in a standard format like The Real Us so that I could have gotten background information While we don t get a lot of information about each character, we are able to observe a lot of their interactions With very few words, we get a lot of insight into what the members of the football team are thinking They love the game, they love the violence of it, and they want to be a part of a group with traditions They manage to cultivate these things without the coach really understanding what is going on That was a nice touch while it was a little disturbing that the coach didn t know what was going on, it was good to see that he hadn t condoned it and took steps to change the culture after it was brought to his attention Aside from investigating the highly relevant topic of concussions, this book also touched on the topics of internet citizenship and divorced parents, and scrutinized high school culture with sympathy and insight Graced with one of the best covers I have ever seen on a football book, Game Changer is a timely look at how a beloved sport might not be serving its participants well Buy two copies for schools where sports books are popular, because this will quickly wear out

  3. says:

    This is one of those books I know I can hand over to so many students You don t have to play football to enjoy this book or to understand the issues surrounding the sport It is also written in a quick read format, which will appeal to reluctant readers.

  4. says:

    Woah I absolutely need this book for my classroom And engaging story with an interesting narrative style A book for everyone but specifically reluctant and struggling readers that ll make those students say I can read this And Look at all that white space It s VERY easy to read but feels like a book for teens which is SUCH an important trait The teen issues are talked about with sophistication and complexity, but the actual reading isn t difficult Oh Also good for older ELLs The twist is revealed through careful clues and there are so many avenues to bring in nonfiction about football head injuries, social media, hazing, therapy, diverse family dynamics, and I m going to try and get a classroom set because I loved this book so much I want to teach it to my remediation English class Anyone have a spare 300 Teacher friends with readers who read at a 3rd grade level or above do yourself a favor and get a copy or two for your classroom.

  5. says:

    Thirteen year old Teddy is in a coma after a serious head injury While incapacitated, rumors begin going around about what really caused his injuries.This wasn t the best written book I ve ever read However, the topics of football, violent sports, concussions, hazing are all ones that are engaging to kids The format, especially, will hook readers in my opinion as the story is completely told through text messages, social media posts, newspaper articles, and free verse.

  6. says:

    Teddy Youngblood is admitted into intensive care after a football accidentor was it an accident Told through mixed media texts, dialog, newpaper articles, etc , Game Changer is ultimately about the dangers of toxic masculinity Recommended for middle high school aged reluctant readers.

  7. says:

    i really recommend it if you are really into football and it really showed me how dangerous football can be just one hit can change everything.

  8. says:

    I liked the way it was written through various mediums texts, postings, single sided conversations, etc.

  9. says:

    Quick read Perfect for reluctant MS readers I loved the different media formats that were present in this book newspaper articles, text messages, interview notes, etc I have a feeling this will be a book I will not be able to keep on my shelf long.

  10. says:

    This is a really good book and the format is really cool