Play Makers (Game Changers Series #2)

Play Makers (Game Changers Series #2)

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by Mike Lupica
     
 

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The second audio book in New York Times bestselling author Mike Lupica's new middle-grade sports series!

Still living large off their incredible football championship just weeks before, Ben McBain and his crew must now prepare for basketball season. Ben is known as the best point guard throughout the league. And now that Shawn O'Brien has joined their team, they

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The second audio book in New York Times bestselling author Mike Lupica's new middle-grade sports series!

Still living large off their incredible football championship just weeks before, Ben McBain and his crew must now prepare for basketball season. Ben is known as the best point guard throughout the league. And now that Shawn O'Brien has joined their team, they are a shoe-in to win it all. But there is a new kid in town, Chase Braggs, a point guard like Ben who seems to be better, stronger, and faster. Refusing to let his team down, Ben hits the courts hard to practice. Ben's rivalry with Chase seems to take the fun out of playing ball with his best friends.

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Praise for GAME CHANGERS #2: PLAY MAKERS:

"Like the first in the series, this volume provides an action-packed look at middle school sports as it explores issues of friendship, problem solving and coming-of-age." -KIRKUS

Praise for GAME CHANGERS:

"Even the female characters display intelligence and insight, a rarity in male sports fiction. A first-rate, inspiring football story, this will leave fans with an understanding that not all teamwork occurs on the gridiron." -BOOKLIST ONLINE REVIEW

School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 4–7—Coming down off the high of a football championship, Ben McBain and his sixth grade team, the Rams, are making a quick transition into the basketball season. Ben is known as the best point guard in the county, and with his friends Sam, Coop, and Shawn playing alongside him, the team has a strong chance of winning another championship. But suddenly everyone is talking about an impressive new player for the Bears, the Rams biggest rival. His name is Chase Braggs, and his shooting and ball-handling skills are only surpassed by his flamboyant style and showy attitude on the court. To keep his team winning and his top spot in the league, Ben buries himself in intensive extra practices, driving away his best friend, Lilly, and leading to a season-ending injury for another friend and key team member. Through these losses Ben grasps the impact his attitude and actions are having on his teammates and is reminded to value people more than winning. Laced with almost nonstop basketball action, this title (Scholastic, 2013) is a prime example of Lupica's gift for developing believable characters and dialogue that middle-grade boys can relate to. Fred Berman returns to narrate this second installment in the series, creating distinctive voices for various characters and delivering basketball play-by-play as smoothly as any courtside announcer. This book will be a winner with sports fans.—Tara Hixon, Cashion Public Schools, OK
Kirkus Reviews
Ben McBain and his friends are still celebrating their incredible football championship season (Game Changers, 2012) when the time arrives to prepare for basketball. As always, Ben is the heart and soul of his team and looks forward to maintaining their athletic success. A preseason scrimmage with a rival team introduces a new challenge: Chase Braggs, a talented player with an attitude that seems from the beginning to be directed at Ben. Before he realizes it, Ben has let Chase get under his skin and turned from his love of excellence for its own sake to proving he can outdo the brash newcomer. Ben's relentless pursuit of victory results in a serious injury to his friend Sam that will be a tough blow to their team. As if that isn't enough, Chase seems to be making inroads in a friendship with Lily, someone who has always been an important presence in Ben's otherwise sports-dominated life. Like the first in the series, this volume provides an action-packed look at middle school sports as it explores issues of friendship, problem solving and coming-of-age. Once again, the adults provide guidance in supportive roles, but the kid characters, especially Ben, demonstrate the ability of younger teens to learn from their experiences. A reconciliation between Ben and Chase doesn't quite ring true, but this is a slight quibble in an otherwise satisfying read. Sports fans will eat it up. (Fiction. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545537896
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Series:
Mike Lupica's Game Changers Series, #2
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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