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Game Changers (Game Changers #1)

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  1,350 Ratings  ·  252 Reviews
Mike Lupica delivers a New York Times bestselling middle grade series!

Ben McBain is every football team's dream player. He's a jack-of-all-trades guy that can handle almost any position. When the game is on the line, Ben's number is the one being called for the final play. But Ben wants to be the starting quarterback and the one thing standing in his way is the coach's son
Hardcover, 207 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Scholastic Press (first published May 1st 2012)
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Mason Zimmerer
Mar 04, 2013 Mason Zimmerer rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books i have read this year. It might even be the best book i have read my whole life. I like how it talks about being a good team member and willing to do anything to win. I liked it because it talks about real life sports. It doesnt try to make things up. It also kept me wanting to read more because you never know what is going to happen till it does. I would tell all the sports readers to for sure read this book.
Josiah Gulbro
Jan 09, 2017 Josiah Gulbro rated it really liked it
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Oct 07, 2016 Daniel rated it it was ok
I think the book was okay, but it didn't have a really good plot. I think the author could've put more action in the story. I didn't really like the book that much.
My rating 3.5 stars.
Shelley Daugherty
Jan 09, 2013 Shelley Daugherty rated it it was amazing
Ben has wanted nothing more than to be the quarterback and every year he is always overlook because of his size. This year is no exception because the quarterback position goes to none other than the coach's son Shawn. But the problem is, the coach can't seem to see how much his son doesn't seem to fit the bill for quarterback. He fumbles plays and has a major attitude problem when it comes to dealing with lose or just his other teammates in general. After having a talk with the coach about why ...more
Ben Lehman
Game Changers is one of many books I have read by Mike Lupica. This is the first book in the series Game Changers. Ben McBain has wanted to be the quarterback more than anything and every year he always gets beat out by another kid because of his size. This year is no different because the quarterback is going to be the coach's son Shawn. The coach doesn’t see how much his son doesn't to want to be quarterback. Even though Ben doesn’t get his spot he still has a good attitude and even helps Shaw ...more
Luke Spegal
Dec 01, 2015 Luke Spegal rated it it was ok
This was a good book. Not quite as good as I thought it would be. It was a little bit predictable. Ben is a good athlete that can play most any sport and deals well with the pressure that comes with football. He really wants to be the quarterback of the team, but the coaches son, Shawn is the quarter back. The coach is a former college football star himself and he seems to be grooming his son to follow in his footsteps. Ben is disappointed many times after talking with the coach, but always hand ...more
Mark Craig
Game Changers by Mike Lupica is a great story. I can honestly say that it is one of my favorite books. The story takes place in a little town called Rockwell where there are two boys on a football team, Ben McBain, a boy who has always wanted to play quarterback, and Shawn O'Brien, a boy who has always played quarterback. Shawn is also the son of the team's head coach, which causes other players to doubt Shawn's football skills. Because of the cover, you may assume that the book is just a lame s ...more
Jun 14, 2012 Mari rated it really liked it
I picked this one up because it's almost summer, and I'm sure to have more than a few readers visit the library who LOVE sports books. This is a good one, I think. I know very little about football, so I let the descriptions of the football games roll through my brain and figured out whether what I was reading was good or bad for the characters through context. I enjoyed the characters and the dialogue, and the conflict was interesting enough to keep me reading. My only hesitation is that the 11 ...more
Justin W.
Apr 18, 2015 Justin W. rated it it was amazing
Best selling author Mike Lupica presents the book Game Changers. Ben McBain is a great athlete and a great teammate. He is every coach’s dream. He can play almost any position, but he has always dreamed of becoming the starting quarterback. But, the one thing standing from him and becoming the quarterback is the coach’s son. Shawn O’ Brien is what every coach wants. He has been trained by his father, a former professional quarterback. He also has the size and the arm, but Shawn is struggling. Be ...more
Nabeel Qureshi
Nov 12, 2015 Nabeel Qureshi rated it really liked it
In the book Game Changers by Mike Lupica the main character Ben is faced with problems on his football team with helping his friend Shawn show his father, a former NFL quarterback that he wants to be a receiver and let Ben be quarterback. Overall this was a good book it just lacked detail in some areas.
TJ Malensky
Oct 05, 2015 TJ Malensky rated it liked it
I think that Game changers was a good book that was a book that like 6th or 7th graders would like it better than older people but other than that the book was a good one that recommend it to people that are sport fans or football fans.
Nov 29, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it
Summary (School Library Journal)

Ben McBain, 11, knows that he has what it takes to be a great quarterback, although he can't convince his coaches to see beyond his small stature. So he's not surprised when Coach O'Brien tells the team that his own son, Shawn, will get the position. Outwardly, Shawn has it all-the size, the arm, the speed. But he doesn't have a deep love for the game, and, when plays don't go perfectly, he spirals out of control. Determined to make the season the best it can be r
Nov 28, 2015 Josiah rated it it was ok
Eleven-year-old Ben McBain's father in Game Changers played for the Boston College Eagles when Doug Flutie was quarterback, but he's not the first Mike Lupica parent to have been a member of that team. In Two-Minute Drill, part of the Comeback Kids middle-grade series, little Scott Parry's father is also an alumnus of the Boston College Flutie team that won on his miracle Hail Mary touchdown pass over the Miami Hurricanes in 1984. Jeff McBain and Hank Parry must have known each other at least p ...more
Connor Cheaney
Oct 14, 2016 Connor Cheaney rated it really liked it
This book I would have to give 4 stars because it really was a good story and it really caught my attention in some pages in chapters but sometimes not which is why i'm giving it a 4 star instead of a 5.This book started out talking about the main character which is Ben about how he wanted to become a quarterback so badly but he wasn't the right size for it but he had a perfect arm which could throw a football down the field no problem but none of the players on his team knew that except his fri ...more
Carter Helfrich
Oct 26, 2016 Carter Helfrich rated it it was amazing
I read the book game changers #1. The main character Ben McBain and his friends were starting a new season of football and had high expectations for the season. Ben wanted to play quarterback but ended up being the second string quarterback because the first quarterback was the coaches son Sean O'Brien. Although they practiced hard the first few games didn't go as well as they had hoped, and team needed to make some changes in order to turn their season around.

In the book game changer #1 the m
Timothy Yencha
Oct 24, 2016 Timothy Yencha rated it really liked it
"Ben McBain, eleven years old and nowhere near five feet tall, had always thought of himself as a quarterback even though most grown-ups didn't see it that way." Despite McBain's skills at the head of the offense, coaches just wouldn't give him a chance. Nothing should be in the way of Ben’s future except Shawn, the real, starting quarterback. The best out there according to his dad (the coach), Shawn struggles with his accuracy and decision making. The only thing he does have which Ben doesn’t ...more
Grayson Farless
Does reading about internal conflict and sacrifice interest you? If so, then Game Changers by Mike Lupica is a book that you need to read. Lupica is trying to demonstrate how tough decisions in our lives can improve our relationships with other people. The main character, Ben McBain is faced with a tough decision, help his teammate to improve or benefit from a situation and make himself look good.
In this book Mike Lupica is narrating as third person limited omniscient, which means that we can s
Paige Soule
Jan 13, 2017 Paige Soule rated it really liked it
Lots of football jargon and numerous plays & games described in detail - I kind of got bored with those parts, but I really like that there was a great kid at the heart, as well as both parents and the parents were smart good parents. Good story about friendship, sportsmanship and how to be a good team mate.
Nov 14, 2016 Ellen rated it liked it
Sports, team work, perseverance, friendship, family relationships

Not really my cup of tea, lots of detailed descriptions of football plays. I can see the appeal for sports lovers who are reluctant.
Jan 07, 2017 Landen rated it really liked it
Game Changers by Mike Lupica was a great book. This book was about a kid named Ben McBain and how he was to small or to short to play his position that he loved in football which was quarterback. This led him to make a promise to himself that he would be the best teammate that he could be with out playing Quarterback. This promise had a very good ending for Ben and many more great things that followed.

I personally really liked this book. My opinion on it was that it was well worth reading. It a
Oct 13, 2016 Jack rated it it was amazing
I think that if you like sports, or particularly football you should definitely read this book. It is by far one of my favorites by one of my favorite authors
Mar 14, 2012 thewanderingjew rated it it was amazing
If you have a son in the 7-11 year old range, you should really get this book for him when it comes out. If you have a girl that age, in third to sixth grade, she might enjoy it just as much. It is so wholesome and so chock full of old fashioned, wonderful values, it is worth the read for the parents too! It has the feeling of “Father Knows Best” and “Leave it to Beaver”. What a wonderfully simple time it was when those shows were on the air. The example they set, even if a bit unrealistic, was ...more
May 13, 2014 Devin.f rated it really liked it
Imagine you are the most skilled player on your football team in every position. Your best position though is quarterback and your skill in that position is truly stunning. When you are a stunning quarterback, you feel as if nothing is in your way. Except for the Coach's son. The book Game Changers by Mike Lupica is about this situation. Ben McBain is the stunning player, but Shawn O'Brien, the coach's son, is taking the place as quarterback because of his dad. Shawn's dad was a back-up quarter ...more
Nov 16, 2016 Sergio rated it it was amazing
Ben was at school and his mom and dad were talking about moving to Rockwell so they did and been did not have a chance to say good bye .When he move he was in the park and saw some kids playing and they came up to him and said do you want to play with us he said yes and that when he meet lily coop Sam Justin so they all started to play and they moms and dad came to pick them up and then that when they meet each other so they started to talk about putting them in football .
Oct 03, 2016 Rishab rated it it was amazing
Is a great book if you are into sports, especially football.
Andrew Bushnell
Oct 14, 2016 Andrew Bushnell rated it it was amazing
    In the novel, Game Changers By Mike Lupica, a young man named Ben loves the sport of football.Ben has loved football ever since he was a little boy, and wants to follow in his football hero's footsteps, Doug Flutie. Doug Flutie was a Heisman trophy winner and played at Boston College with Ben’s dad, Jeff. Ever since Ben was born football was in his blood, and had a college player encouraging and helping him, but when it came to actually trying out for the  football team it was difficult. Ben ...more
Jan 07, 2016 Isaac rated it it was amazing
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Oct 17, 2012 Gaby rated it really liked it
I'd come across Heat, one of Mike Lupica's earlier novels purely by chance. I'm not much of a sports fan but the story of this young boy and his older brother trying to get by after the death of their father was about much more than just baseball. Somehow, Lupica wove in the problems facing a young illegal immigrant - the fear, the need to hide and the desire to fit in - into the story of this amazing athlete who has a chance to bring his little league team to victory as long as he isn't outed a ...more
Devyn C
Game Changers by Mike Lupica was an amazing book with suspense around every corner. Mike Lupica throws in every value of a good teammate into one book, loyalty, friendships, and teamwork. And then at the end he gives the reader a surprise twist that will most likely have them walking away from this book with a smile. Game Changers by Mike Lupica would probably rate in my top 20 football books. There were moments where I never wanted to put the book down but occasionally I was probably too excite ...more
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