Game Change by Joseph MonningerGame Change by Joseph Monninger

Game Change

byJoseph Monninger

Hardcover | September 12, 2017

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Seventeen-year-old Zeb Holloway is happy to work in his uncle's auto repair shop and cruise through school without much effort. He's a quarterback on his high school's undefeated football team, but he never plays. Why would he when T.T. Munroe-a walking, talking highlight real- is around? That is, until T.T's injured a week before the state championships.

Now Zeb is starting. As he assumes the role of QB and team leader, the entire town is watching him. And when a college recruiter says Zeb could have a future beyond his small New Hampshire town, he realizes there's a bigger life out there for him . . . if he can play his heart out.&nbsp
Joseph Monninger is an English professor and New Hampshire guide. He is the author of the young adult novels Whippoorwill, Finding Somewhere,  Wish,  Hippie Chick, and  Baby . He also writes fiction and nonfiction for adults. He lives in Warren, New Hampshire.
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Title:Game ChangeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:September 12, 2017Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544531221

ISBN - 13:9780544531222

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A coming-of-age story with the American dream simmering underneath, Monninger's novel will grab the attention of sports fans, even reluctant readers, and Zeb's adjustment to a role outside his comfort zone will resonate with many readers as they navigate their high-school years. . . full of heart and discovery." - Booklist ". . . Monninger heartwarmingly and realistically portrays Zeb and his companions as relatable individuals who do not have the perfect lives. The description of football and the community pressure feel authentic . . . Recommended for a young adult collection looking for more sports fiction." -SLJ "A coming-of-age story about a teen who gets the first-and only-start of his football career when their star quarterback is badly injured a week before a championship game? Subtle, nuanced, and full of heart."- Kirkus "Hand this to your sports fans, struggling readers, and those who secretly wish they could be the starting quarterback during the championship game." -School Library Connection Praise for Whippoorwill : * "The narrative adeptly portrays longing and belonging, and the heartbreak and hope of not only the human condition but the canine one as well. Monninger revitalizes the boy-and-dog trope in this sweet novel." -School Library Journal, starred review * "Narrator Clair is absolutely believable as the girl who's stable yet also negotiating her own loss." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review "An unexpected, generous and poignant portrait of a girl, a boy, and the dog who brings them together." -Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of What I Thought Was True "Masterful! Heartwarming! I read it in one sitting. I could not put it down. One of the best YA novels I have read in years." -Roland Smith, bestselling author of Peak "Destined to become a classic. . . Whippoorwill is about the love and care and neglect and magical inter-species connections between an animal and members of a family, and it will both devastate and transform you. I love this book." -Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Lemon Orchard "A bighearted, gorgeous, timely champion for empathy, kindness, and common courtesy." -Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock " Whippoorwill is an invitation to walk a mile in Wally's paws, and discover that sometimes there are strays of the human variety-and they, too, need love, compassion, and, most importantly, trust." -Jennifer Brown, author of Torn Away "A sweet story about a lucky dog that reveals itself to be a deeper story about a lucky human." -Kirkus "A sweet, melancholy read for those whom a dog holds a special place in their hearts, and who might just wonder: in dog-human relationships, who rescues whom?" -Booklist "Recalls William H. Armstrong's Sounder, Wilson Rawls's Where the Red Fern Grows, and Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Shiloh. . . [it] will resonate most with animal lovers (I count myself among them), and readers who consider tears signs of a great ending." -The Boston Globe "