Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game

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10.8 X 9.0 X 0.4 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author
John Coy is the author of young adult novels, the 4 for 4 middle-grade series, and nonfiction and fiction picture books including Hoop Genius, Game Changer, Their Great Gift, Dads, If We Were Gone, and Where We Come From. He has received numerous awards for his work including a Marion Vannett Ridgway Award, a Charlotte Zolotow Honor, a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, and the Burr/Warzalla Award for Distinguished Achievement in Children's Literature. John lives by the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.

Randy DuBurke is a full-time artist, whose work has appeared in books for young readers, DC and Marvel comics, The New York Times, and MAD magazine. A native of Brooklyn, New York, DuBurke now lives in Switzerland with his wife and their two sons. His website is


"This book offers a slice of history and an inspiring portrait in courage . . . [An] exciting account of a landmark game played ahead of its time."--starred, Booklist

-- (9/1/2015 12:00:00 AM)

"[A]n account brimming with suspense and emotional tension . . . skillfully highlights both the energy and importance of the game and the dangerous social climate in which it was played."--starred, Publishers Weekly

-- (8/17/2015 12:00:00 AM)

"It's a great story. . . . [Use] for a readaloud on teams who challenged segregation."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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"[T]he kind of story from which 'inspirational' movies are made. . . . This book adds new heroes to the pantheon."--The New York Times Book Review

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"Coy's succinct narrative is well paced, compelling, and multilayered. . . . A fascinating story, with appeal far beyond sports and history fans."--The Horn Book Magazine

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"This interesting but little-known story is an important one. . . . A strong work with themes of sports, history, and human kindness."--School Library Journal

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"[A]rresting illustrations play up the basketball action and the emerging camaraderie that conjured the possibility of defeating Jim Crow....[A] charming read for young basketball fans."―Kirkus Reviews

-- (7/15/2015 12:00:00 AM)