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I was thrilled to discover a book that deals with issues of identity and belonging with so much heart and, more importantly, humor . . . Changers Book One: Drew changed the way I think.”
--Clay Aiken, singer/UNICEF ambassador
Change. It’s the one universal thing that everyone goes through, especially in high school. Changers Book One: Drew ratchets that up a notch and kicks open the door, with both humor and panache. Big questions and equally big highs (laughs) and lows (cries). And you thought high school was awkward before!”
--Kimberly Pauley, author of Sucks to Be Me
Changers Book One: Drew opens on the eve of Ethan Miller's freshman year of high school in a brand-new town. He's finally sporting a haircut he doesn’t hate, has grown two inches since middle school, and can't wait to try out for the soccer team. At last, everything is looking up in life.
Until the next morning. When Ethan awakens as a girl.
Ethan is a Changer, a little-known, ancient race of humans who live out each of their four years of high school as a different person. After graduation, Changers choose which version of themselves they will be forever and no, they cannot go back to who they were before the changes began.
Ethan must now live as Drew Bohner a petite blonde with an unfortunate last name and navigate the treacherous waters of freshman year while also following the rules: Never tell anyone what you are. Never disobey the Changers Council. And never, ever fall in love with another Changer. Oh, and Drew also has to battle a creepy underground syndicate called Abiders” (as well as the sadistic school queen bee, Chloe). And she can't even confide in her best friend Audrey, who can never know the real her, without risking both of their lives.
Fans of the books of John Green, the Joss Whedonverse and empathy between humans will find much to love in this first of a four-part series that tracks the journey of an average suburban boy who becomes an incredible young woman . . . who becomes a reluctant hero . . . who becomes the person she was meant to be.
Because, while changing the world can kinda suck, it sure beats never knowing who you really are.
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T Cooper's most recent book is Real Man Adventures (McSweeney's), which Vanity Fair called "brave and hilarious." He is also the author of three novels including the best-selling Lipshitz Six, Or Two Angry Blondes (Dutton) and The Beaufort Diaries (Melville House). The latter, Cooper produced and adapted into an animated short of the same name, starring David Duchovny and appearing at a variety of international film festivals (Tribeca, SXSW and many others). Cooper's work has also appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Believer, O, The Oprah Magazine, One Story, Poets & Writers, and elsewhere.
Allison Glock-Cooper is the author of the New York Times notable book Beauty Before Comfort, which Kirkus called, "A memoir as elemental as its subject: pulsing, fetching, leaving a strong afterglow," and for which she received a Whiting Award in 2004. Glock has been a journalist for 22 years, and her work has been published in the New York Times, GQ, Rolling Stone, Esquire, the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, O, The Oprah Magazine, Elle, Marie Claire, and many others. She is currently a senior staff writer for ESPN and a contributing editor for the magazine Garden & Gun. She has won a GLAAD award and a FOLIO EDDIE and a min award for journalism. Her first poem was recently published in the New Yorker.
Gr 9 Up—Ethan wakes up on his first day of high school to discover that he is no longer the same person he was when he went to sleep—overnight he was transformed into a beautiful girl. His parents inform him that his father was a Changer and that this is the first of four transformations. He will experience each year of high school in a new body, and at the end of his senior year, he will get to choose which body he will live in for the rest of his life. The premise is similar to David Levithan's Every Day (Knopf, 2012), except in this universe the character experiences each identity for an entire year. In the body of a girl named Drew, Ethan gets to feel the highs and lows of being a girl, from receiving the kindness of strangers to having her first menstrual cycle during cheerleading tryouts. Luckily, this is more than just a "message" book about how we all need to be more understanding of each other. The imaginative premise is wrapped around a moving story about gender, identity, friendship, bravery, rebellion vs. conformity, and thinking outside the box. By the end of this book, readers will be invested in this character and will want to know what Ethan's future holds and how he will physically and emotionally transform over the next installments.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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