Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game

Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game

When they piled into cars and drove through Durham, North Carolina, the members of the Duke University Medical School basketball team only knew that they were going somewhere to play basketball. They didn't know whom they would play against. But when they came face to face with their opponents, they quickly realized this secret game was going to make history. Discover the When they piled into cars and drove through Durham, North Carolina, the members of the Duke University Medical School ...

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Title:Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game
Author:John Coy
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:32 pages pages

Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game Reviews

  • Jackie
    May 23, 2018
    A basketball game between an all-black North Carolina College of Negroes team was played against an all-white Duke University Medical School team in 1944. It was the impetus for people of all colors and races to play with and against one against one another, not based on race but abili...
  • Julie
    Dec 03, 2015
    Extremely well done story of a little known secret basketball game between white and black college teams in 1944. My 9 year old basketball player was fascinated by this one. ...
  • N
    May 14, 2018
    This was another great event to learn from history-- students from a white and black college came together to secretly play a game of basketball. "We sure had fun and I especially had a good time, for most of the fellows playing with me were Southerners.... And when the evening was ove...
  • Amanda Carr
    Apr 10, 2018
    What an excellent book; a great tool for teaching kids about segregation. My favorite quote from Coach John McLendon, ?Who are you? What are you? Why are you here on this earth? Where are you going???what a conversation starter for a book group about this book! ...
  • Barbara
    Feb 11, 2016
    It might seem like no big deal when two basketball teams met to play a game in 1944. But the year during which the game was played and the secrecy under which it occurred on a basketball court in North Carolina gives some hint of its significance. When the white players from Duke were ...
  • Kelley Mitchell
    Mar 04, 2019
    A story I didn't know. Apparently, Duke has a loooong history of championship teams. And before de-segregation, they played a secret game against a Negro College team just to see who was really best. the coach for the Negro league taught a more aggressive form of basketball, and they w...
  • Thomas
    Aug 11, 2017
    This book is only 32 pages, but it tells a story every sports fan should know. I wish it were just a chapter in a fuller discussion of black college basketball. ...
  • Jessica
    Nov 11, 2018
    Great pic book. Loved the illustrations. ...
  • Clare D
    Aug 08, 2018
    What great timing for reading this book! Sports need to unite us and this is a wonderful lesson on the wrongs of segregation and early pioneers in the fight against it and the sport of basketball. Informative about the development of basketball and American history. ...
  • Kelly
    May 18, 2017
    Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game, written by John Coy and illustrated by Randy DuBurke, is a nominee for the 2017-18 South Carolina Children's Book Award. Game Changer is the true story of a coach, players, and a game who did what they could to change perceptions. Eve...
  • Matthew
    Feb 11, 2017
    What a cool story, and one that reveals another aspect of the desegregation of American sports. Nothing is more revealing than the fact that the game and the resulting evening of camaraderie were both concealed from public knowledge for the sake of those involved. It's really an intere...
  • Kary
    Feb 19, 2017
    2018 Children's Sequoyah masterlist - good book to recommend to young basketball fans. would also be a good addition to a display for Black History Month ...
  • Lisa
    Jun 02, 2017
    I didn't know Coach McClendon before reading this book, nor did I know about this event. I began reading and thought this would be another example of success when races shared an experience and built for the future. I was so pleasantly surprised to see this book is really about basketb...
  • Yoo Kyung Sung
    Aug 29, 2015
    " Nineteen years before Dr. King's " I Have a Dream" Speech and three years before Jackie Robinson broke the color line in major League Baseball, black players and white pliers worked together as teammates in an illegal game in segregated North Carolina"-- Simply powerful history! I...
  • Amy Lynn
    Nov 25, 2018
    Loved this true story. So glad I got to read it. ...
  • Lisa Kizer
    Jan 25, 2018
    Love picture books, especially on historical events or biographies. This is going to be a new one that I will add to my Black History/"What can Picture Books do for you?" lesson plans. I had never heard of this book until I saw it on our public libraries Sequoya Book Award nominees she...
  • Linda
    Feb 06, 2018
    Great book. Will appeal to sports fans and history fans. ...
  • Jenn Hopp
    Nov 17, 2017
    Based on the incredible true story of a secret and highly illegal basketball game between a black and white college teams in North Carolina in 1944, Game Changer is a powerful, thought-provoking read. Coy adeptly creates an engaging, quickly-paced, tense story of courage and overcoming...
  • Mary
    Jun 06, 2018
    In 1944, a McLendon, who learned the basketball from Naismith, arranged for Duke players to secretly come play his team at North Carolina College of Negroes. Many of the players had never been that close to someone of another color. They eventually relaxed and had a great time. Surpri...
  • Jonathan
    May 20, 2019
    If I had read a one paragraph essay about the same event I would have been just as excited. Lacking emotion and captivating illustrations. It was almost as if this book was written in 1944, not today. With the quality of picture books out there, this one left a lot to be desired. ...
  • Jennifer
    Jul 26, 2017
    Easily understandable to young readers, this book illustrates the different world these players lived in and that sometimes it just takes a game to bring us all together. ...
  • Heather Shembarger
    Sep 25, 2018
    This quick read was packed full of information. I never knew about this secret basketball game of 1944. I am still surprised that the inter racial game was played knowing the risk involved due to segregation laws. I really did not know much about Coach John McLendon so it was fun to le...
  • Adam Glasser
    Oct 24, 2016
    Game Changer, written by John Coy and illustrated by Randy DuBurke, is an amazing nonfiction picture book that tells the story of a secret basketball game that took place in Durham, North Carolina in 1944. The game was played between the all-white men's basketball team from Duke Univer...
  • Rachael Fluke
    Nov 29, 2017
    This book is a wonderful story segregation being ignored, so two basketball teams could come together and play the game they love. This is a great story for students who love sports because there is a real story told throughout it. The illustrations had the real basketball players who ...
  • Nolan Winter
    Nov 27, 2017
    This book tells the story tells the story of how the all-white Duke University Medical School basketball team played a secret game against the North Carolina College of Negroes basketball team. The morning of the game the Duke team got into cars not know where they were going or who th...
  • Laura
    Dec 05, 2017
    Wow! The story and illustrations give you a glimpse into how a basketball game brought 2 different races together. ...
  • Selena Landeros
    Apr 17, 2018
    Game Changer starts off by having a group of boys who thought they were the best basketball players in North Carolina pile up into cars. The boys knew they had a game but they weren't sure who they would be playing. The had their head covered and walked in the gym with them on so that ...
  • Kolbe Bales
    Dec 01, 2018
    This was another great event to learn from history-- students from a white and black college came together to secretly play a game of basketball. I really enjoyed as I am a huge sports fan and never heard about this secret game. So I even learned something from this book ...
  • Kenneth Bwanika
    Apr 14, 2019
    I really enjoyed reading this book because of the lesson it portrayed. The story takes place in 1940 when segregation and racism were still happening and supported by the laws. Coach McLendon takes a leap of faith and organizes a secret game of basketball between a team of black and wh...
  • Timothy Farring
    Jun 12, 2019
    I think that this book would be a great read durring black history month. It deals with the laws of segregation in sports and two teams that were brave enough to break those barriers. I will for sure find a spot on my shelves for this book in my classroom. I thought the art was very ni...