Changers Book One: Drew

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by T Cooper & Allison Glock-Cooper

Publisher: Akashic Books
Ages: 13 and up
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The cheerleader, the nerd, the jock, the freak. What if you had to be all four?

It is the eve of Ethan Miller’s freshman year. He’s psyched to be in high school (finally). Until the next morning. When Ethan awakens as a girl… Ethan is a “Changer,” one of an ancient race of humans who live out each of their years of high school as someone new. Ethan must now navigate the treacherous waters of ninth grade as Drew Bohner, a petite blonde with an unfortunate last name. He must also follow the rules of the all-powerful Changers Council: Like, never tell anyone what you are, and never, ever fall in love with another Changer—all the while battling a creepy underground syndicate called Abiders (as well as the sadistic school queen bee, Chloe). Changers Book One is the 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.

READ The New York Times Book Review (March 16, 2014)

“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

(STARRED REVIEW) "An excellent read."

Publishers Weekly

“A fresh and charmingly narrated look at teens and gender.”
Kirkus Reviews

"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.”
School Library Journal

"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 16

“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

“An excellent look at gender and identity and the teenage experience.”
Tor.com

“This is a transcendent book, and I absolutely recommend it.”
Heaven to Earth Reviews

Changers Book One really stole my heart.”
Bookcharmed

Love from The Barnes & Noble Book Blog

Love from John Green's Tumblr

Review in The Best Books Ever

Review in The Overstuffed Bookcase

Review by real teen! In Paperboat Sails

INTERVIEWS with the authors:

Publishers Weekly Q&A w/the Authors

Diversity in YA: Authors interview each other

Interview in Teen Being (Scholastic)

T Cooper on UNSELFIES

ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK from the book:

Download FREE music by "The Bickersons" band from CHANGERS on Sound Cloud

WATCH The Bickersons perform the original "Soft Serv" (from the book) live in L.A.:

WATCH The Bickersons cover Britney's "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" live in L.A.:

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EXCERPT From "The Changers Bible":

CHANGERS EMBLEM. A variation on Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man drawing, dating to approximately 1490 CE (Figure 1).The Changers Emblem contains four bodies superimposed in motion, instead of two (as portrayed in da Vinci’s composition), and appears to the eye as both four bodies and one body at the same time—though all sharing one head and heart. An emblem of the Changer mantra: In the many we are one.
Changers EMBLEM copy

FIG. 1. CHANGERS EMBLEM
 

"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 Pauly, author of Sucks To Be Me