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From School Library Journal

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


"An excellent read." -Publishers Weekly (STARRED Review)

"A fresh and charmingly narrated look at teens and gender." -Kirkus Reviews

"A perfect read for a young adult: warm and humorous without being superficial or saccharine, engaging real issues of teenage life with ease and natural grace, and offering an element of fantasy accurately reflecting the wonder and terror of growing up." -Knoxville News Sentinel / Chapter

"Love it. Love it, love it, love it. Seriously. Read this."
--The Best Books Ever

"This is a transcendent book and I absolutely recommend it."
--Heaven to Earth Reviews

"This is one of the most creative concepts I have heard about, so I knew I would have to read it right away! I was worried that the execution wouldn’t be as good as the concept, but it was amazing…I cannot wait to read the rest of the books in this series."
--Pub Writes

"4 huge stars. Maybe even 4.5. I really enjoyed this book, and can't wait to read the rest of the series!"
--The Overstuffed Bookcase

"I couldn't put it down. I even read it in the dark. Probably not the best idea since my vision is already bad. But hey! good books deserve sacrifices."
--Paper Boat Sails

"Very cool!"
--Twinja Book Reviews

"Changers Book One really stole my heart."

"This first book in the Changers series explores Ethan/Drew’s first steps along the perilous journey to become his/her true self and discover how he’s meant to change the world."
--Books YA Love

"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

One of the Top 10 2014 Books I am Excited to Read, Plays Well With Books (blog)

"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

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"Allison Glock is a writer of uncommon generosity."
--New York Times Book Review

"Cooper's storytelling skills are phenomenal."
--Time Out New York

"Glock's writing is smart and swift. A wise and effortless storyteller."

"T Cooper is a prodigious talent."
--Darin Strauss, author of Chang & Eng

"Allison Glock has the kind of writing talent that packs worlds into sentences."
--Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes

"T Cooper has an affinity for creative liberties, even in anything-goes 21st-century fiction, liberties of a stunning sort . . ."
--Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Allison Glock makes it looks easy."
--Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Series: Changers
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Black Sheep (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617751952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617751950
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By PencilStubs on February 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
Note: I received an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I read this book in one afternoon because the labyrinth of challenges Ethan/Drew navigates kept me utterly engrossed. On top of typical teen problems, he is cut off from his old life, transforms into a girl, finds out he'll transform three more times, has a run in with an anti-Changer member, loses a friend to a radical group, and must abide by the restrictive and harsh rules of the Changers Council. Ethan/Drew narrates with charming and engaging snark and humor. He's a realistic teen portrayal with worries, embarrassment and conflicting emotions. (There were a few moments where the teenage tone sounded forced/corny, but overall it was fine.)

Transforming a narrator into four different identities/bodies throughout their high school years to show the various issues that each identity/body must face is a creative and effective way of inspiring and fostering empathy. Book One gives boys an insightful look at a few tribulations teen girls are likely to encounter. On the flipside, it demonstrates that boys aren't necessarily insensitive jerks when they're not receptive or sympathetic to girl-specific problems--they're just clueless and don't understand because they don't deal with them (maybe they should read books like this!). The way Ethan/Drew is both a boy and a girl simultaneously, and also falls for a male and female character, blurs gender boundaries and adds another thought provoking layer.

I look forward to reading the rest of the series and seeing what body/identity Ethan ultimately chooses to live in forever.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lois Prislovsky on February 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
I am a psychologist and found this book to be masterfully written in terms of teen perspectives so much so, that I now recommend it to parents of middle school children and teens when I present on “How to help your Children Overcome Anxiety”. This read can help parents remember what it was like being fourteen and be able to relate and connect better with their teens. And it is entertaining. Our 14 year old son enjoyed it! The greater moral lessons come through gracefully as the stories are captivating and full of humor and realistic sexual and social development. I look forward to the next book in this series and am grateful to the authors for creating such a fun and compassionate work.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Libertad A. Thomas on June 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
Actual score 2.75

This book has a really interesting set up that peaked my interest when I was asked to review it. The plot revolves around Ethan, 14 year old boy that discovers he's from a race of people called Changers that transform every year in high school and are stuck like that all year. They have to chronicle their experiences as a different person and by the end of high school they have to choose who they wanted to be out of those 4 experiences. Very cool!

In Ethan's case, he went from being a a boy to a girl and life knows that has to be hard. He had a lot of struggle with it throughout the book but after a while I forgot that he was born a boy. He transitioned into a girl so naturally that that became his new identity. I can only imagine that's what it's like for transgendered people. I don't entirely know and I don't want to compare it without offending another person but I imagine for trans people you wake up in this body you don't believe is yours, you feel the opposite of what you were born and that's a scary feeling. This book touches a similar base to the transgender identity.

The worldbuilding in the book wasn't anything really special.I understood what was explained to me but I can't help feeling like I was missing details or that they're could have been more to the history of how the Changers came to be.

I think all in all this book was cute. Outside of Ethan living his life as a girl instead of how he was born, there wasn't really any diversity. I liked the relationships between some characters particularly between him and his best friend Audrey. But I just felt like there could have been more to keep my interest. I read it, enjoyed it but it wasn't life changing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rick dale on May 21, 2014
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Even though I'm 70 years old, I still occasionally enjoy well written young adult fiction.(allows me to remember how it was to be that age). But, keyword: WELL written. The author did a good job with a decidedly complex and unusual idea: having people wake up as a different sex. AND at an age that is notoriously difficult anyway: early teen years. What a unique way to explore the difference between behavior and mindsets of the sexes : have them change sexes and keep their mind and see how they deal with it. Also, opens the readers mind to seeing both male and female perceptions (the eye of the beholder) which can be very different, even if they are looking at the same thing.The whole world could use a lesson in seeing things from a different viewpoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Pallats on May 13, 2014
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It's hard enough to be a teenager who's just moved to another part of the country and facing the first day of high school in unfamiliar surroundings. Ethan has an additional problem: he wakes up on the appointed day and finds he's been transformed into a girl named Drew, and that he/she has inherited from his/her father membership in a secret organization whose members lose their original identities when they start high school and are transformed again each year until graduation. Their goal is to change the world. The book is aimed at teens and does a good job of showing how Drew accepts the situation, with the help of her parents, and takes the first steps toward fulfilling the group's goals, although not without some painful conflicts. The book shows its intended audience the need for patience, which can be a problem at any age, and the value of learning to see situations from more than one viewpoint. Both teen and adult characters create problems by jumping to conclusions, and it's made plain how conflicts involving parents, children and other authorities can often be avoided if people listen to each other. It's a fast read, quite well written, and enjoyable for teens and those who want to try to understand them.
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