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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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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
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In praise of GAME CHANGERS

"Ben is a strong character, surrounded by a great group of sidekicks. Readers who, like Ben, live and breathe football, will enjoy." -KIRKUS REVIEWS

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545580861
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Series:
Mike Lupica's Game Changers Series , #2
Pages:
4
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Mike Lupica is a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of several books for young readers. His NEW YORK DAILY NEWS column is syndicated nationally. Mr. Lupica lives in Connecticut with his wife and their four children. You can visit Mike Lupica at www.mikelupicasbooks.com.

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Play Makers (Game Changers Book 2) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
ACS_Book_Blogger More than 1 year ago
About the book: Ben McBain and his friends are still living large off their incredible football season. But almost immediately, it’s time to play basketball. The guys must move on. Ben is considered the best point guard in the league, and now that Shawn O’Brien has joined their team, they are a shoo-in to win it all. Chase Braggs is the new kid in town. He’s a point guard, like Ben. He’s fast, strong, and determined to win, like Ben. But Chase likes to talk on the court and show off. Definitely NOT like Ben. Refusing to let his team down, Ben hits the courts hard to practice. But Ben’s revilary with Chase seems to take the fun out of playing ball with his best friends. Can Ben become a better play maker out on the court without losing his love of the game? (inside book cover) Review: Game Changers is aimed at the middle school reader. This book was easy read and somewhat predictable in its ending. It is the second book in a sports series by Mike Lupica. The book deals with rivalry between schools and their sports and trying to show good sportsmanship. The author does a good job of dealing with the topic of sportsmanship and I believe any young person interested in sports will thoroughly enjoy this book. I like the way he brought the main character to the point of realizing that he needed to be a team player and not the superstar. (reviewed by P.Howard) DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Game Changers was provided by Scholastic in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait for it first one was good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very suspenseful because when a chapter ended there was always something big that happened that made me want to read on. One example is at the end of one chapter Sam and Ben were at the park playing a little one on one. It was getting dark but they still kept playing one play when Sam drove hard to the basket he didn’t see the hole in the ground. And ended up having to go to the hospital. Also There was a new kid they called him MJ he wasn’t really good he couldn’t shoot, all he could do is play defence but when they were losing they passed MJ the ball he shot it for the win Ben couldn’t believe he passed MJ the ball with the game on the line.
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Awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I belive this is one of the greatest bokms ever! This book had made my day when I found it in the nook shop. I had been trying to find this book for over a year, and I finally checked here! You should deninatly read this book.
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The best
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is in my skools library. VERY GREAT BOOK!!! Trust me, buy the mike lupica books best series ever
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really awsome to read. I like the new kid in the book. Good book to read i would recommend this book to anyone. If did not read the football book you cant read this one because you would not understand anything.
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