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Game On (A Varsity Novel) Paperback – September 3, 2013

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Book 1 of 3 in the Varsity Series

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Gr 5-9-This series starter introduces a junior varsity cheerleading squad and highlights the athleticism and competitiveness of this contemporary sport. The Northside High JV squad members have known one another for years and they are ready to compete for regional and state honors. Chloe comes from a family of captains and she fully expects to head up this year's squad. A new girl and gifted athlete, Devin, arrives and quietly challenges Chloe's leadership. They end up as cocaptains, and an envious and conniving teammate works to drive a wedge between them, a move that threatens the team's chances of success. A narrative that shifts focus among four or five team members results in shallow characterizations while cheers and stunts are described in great detail, making cheerleading itself the star of this book. Unfortunately, the constant pettiness and jealousies that the girls display and a very homogenous group of young teens hark back to the stereotypical trappings of another time, undermining the book's success as contemporary sports fiction. While there is sure to be a following for this book, it is an additional purchase.-Martha Baden, Prescott Public Library, AZα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Like Glee, only with cheerleading, this series starter follows the fortunes of four freshmen trying to push their JV squad to Regionals. Of course, it’s not all pom-poms. Chloe hopes to be the team captain, but in walks new girl and phenomenal gymnast Devin Isle. Will she upstage Chloe? Kate is fearless in a competition, but she’s shy, especially when it comes to boys. So what should she do about Adam, geeky but awfully cute. Emily takes on too many tasks and activities. Will she make time for what’s really important to her, singing? Cheerleading buffs will appreciate all the routines and intrateam travails, but for everyone else, this has plenty of boys, problems, and a few giggles. It’s all fairly generic (their school is in Sunny Valley, California), but this will attract kids looking for a light read. Grades 6-9. --Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Series: A Varsity Novel (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316227277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316227278
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,564,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So you know how sometimes you pick up a book, and really don't expect to like it? Then you proceed to keep pushing it to the bottom of your to be read pile, until eventually you tell yourself just read this book already! This is what I did with Game On. I picked this book up back at BEA in June. During the time of BEA, I was on a major ya contemporary streak. Paranormal was starting to bore me, so I read a few contemporary books to keep my reading drive. I remember picking up Game On from Hachette's booth and then putting it back down after reading the description. Then I pondered about it a little, and decided why not, and decided to take it. After so much back and forth with this book, I must say I am glad that I picked this up. I enjoyed this read way more than I expected to.

Cheerleaders are probably one of the most stereotyped performers. We often see them as popular girls who are nothing but catty, and only care about themselves. And yes there are indeed a few characters who are like this in Game On, but not the main girls. This book is excellent for anyone who is trying to get rid the misconception of cheerleaders. These girls teach us the important lesson of team work, and how to cope with change. While reading this, I thought it would have been nice to have a book like this while growing up. It reminded me a lot of the Sweet Valley High books that I used to read in middle school. It's an easy and enjoyable read. And it also deals with real high school issues.

Out of the four leads of the book, Kate was definitely my favorite. I wish that there were actually more scenes with her. And it's not often that you see both sides to the story, when you have two characters feuding.
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By Katecat on September 25, 2013
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This book is about a girl named Chloe and her friends Kate and Emily who are on the JV cheerleading squad at their high school. It's a really good book about teamwork and dedication, but there are a few things that don't get explained very well. Overall though, it was a great book, and a good read even if you aren't a cheerleader.
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It had a lot of bad words, like pissed off and dumb. Definitely ruined a good story. Shame on you Melanie Spring, shame on you.
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By Andrea duque on December 8, 2015
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Because this book is really interesting and funny and it reminded me of a high school cheer leader girl and what she goes through
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I am so impressed of this book I can't wait to read the next book if they even have one
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It was a great book and it's great for girls going into junior high and high school because it involves learning how to deal with people and boys
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Well it was pretty good, very interesting. Wish I could see the full book. Overall the book was good. Nice job
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great
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