Title: Game Changer
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Publisher: Simon and Schuster BFYR
Publication date: 2012
Athletics are everything for eighth-grader KT Sutton. She’s a softball star, and she’s on track to get a college scholarship and achieve international fame. Then one day during a championship game—in the middle of an important play—she suddenly blacks out.
When she wakes up, she’s in a different world. One where school is class after class of athletic drills, and after-school sports are replaced by popular academic competitions. One where KT is despised for her talent, and where her parents are fixated on her brother’s future mathletics career rather than KT’s softball hopes.
KT is desperate to get back to reality as she knew it, but bits and pieces of disturbing memories and dreams make her wonder if something truly awful happened there. What if she’s lost something a lot more important than a softball game? ~ Goodreads
So I’ve read some of Haddix’s other books, and loved them. So when I searched her name in my library’s catalog and this book popped up. I had to read it. I had never thought about what would happen if sports could be school and school for sports. Egad! The effort, you would be sore all the time! KT changed throughout the book, in a good way, which I really appreciated. Because she was a tadpole annoying (tadpoles grow, so she got more annoying. Pretty clever, am I right?) The story was very realistic…well, when it is all explained of course. It explores problems that are in real life. And her speech at the end was pretty darn cool.
My complaints (yes I have them): At first it was a little hard to get into the book, but that changed as I went on. And it was a little slow paced and felt weird compared to her other books. But overall, it was amazing! As always.
Age recommendation: 10 years because it was kind of, deep. And it deals with some metal health stuff.
“Because,” he said in an even voice, “you’re used to winning, so you don’t even think about how, every time there’s a game, both sides get that ‘rah, rah, team’ speech from their coaches both sides hear ‘you’re the best!’ ‘You’ve got to win!’ ‘You’re the greatest!’ But half of the people playing that game are going to walk away losers. Half!”
“Was it possible that the real world contained all sorts of hidden alternate worlds within its boundaries – and that real people did too?”
” ‘no matter what life gives you, don’t treat other people like lemons’ ”
Unicorns bow down at this moment! It’s…What Does the Cat Think?