- Paperback: 288 pages
- Published: 2/4/14
- IBSN: 9781617751950
- e-IBSN: 9781617752070
- Genre: Fiction
The cheerleader, the nerd, the jock, the freak. What if you had to be all four?
Winner of the 2015 Westchester Fiction Award
Changers Book One: Drew is a New York Public Library summer reading pick!
“Changers should appeal to a broad demographic. Teenagers, after all, are the world’s leading experts on trying on, and then promptly discarding, new identities.”
—New York Times Book Review
“‘Selfie’ backlash has begun: The Unselfie project wants to help people quit clogging social media with pictures of themselves and start capturing the intriguing world around them.”
—O, the Oprah Magazine on the We Are Changers Unselfie project
Included in School Library Journal’s “What’s Hot in YA” Roundup
“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.”
—School Library Journal
“A thought-provoking exploration of identity, gender, and sexuality . . . an excellent read for any teens questioning their sense of self or gender.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A fresh and charmingly narrated look at teens and gender.”
“Everyone should read this, regardless of age. The book discusses important topics about growing into your skin (literally and physically), and gender identity . . . Go get a copy of this right now.”
“Changing bodies, developing personalities, forays into adult activities—where was this book circa the early 2000s when I needed it? But something tells me my adult self will learn a thing or to from it as well.”
—Barnes & Noble Blog/Indie Books Roundup
Recommended by June Thomas on Slate Radio’s Double X Gabfest
“The Coopers have a strong ear for teenager-isms, and the exploration of Drew’s ups and downs is eminently believable . . . the slow build of a strong character—with the lure of something totally new coming up next—will leave readers ready for the next Change in this line-up.”
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“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.”
—Chapter 16/The Knoxville News Sentinel
“An excellent look at gender and identity and the teenage experience.”
“A must read for every teen.”
—I’d So Rather Be Reading
“Changers Book One really stole my heart.”
“Love it. Love it, love it, love it. Seriously. Read this.”
—The Best Books Ever
“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
“An ARC (Advance Review Copy) of this book arrived at my house on January 9th. I finished it January 10 . . . 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
—Twinja Book Reviews
One of the Top Ten 2014 Books I am Excited to Read, Plays Well With Books
“Refreshing new speculative fiction.”
Included in Bookworm for Kids’ list of new books highly recommended for home and school libraries.
“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.”
“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
“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
“Humor makes Changers a joy to read, and Drew the kind of character you’d want to be friends with in real life. I loved this book.”
—Arin Greenwood, author of Save the Enemy
Praise for the Authors:
“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 and Half a Life
“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
Part of Akashic’s Black Sheep YA imprint.
Changers Book One: Drew opens on the eve of Ethan Miller’s freshman year of high school in a brand-new town. He’s finally sporting a haircut he doesn’t hate, has grown two inches since middle school, and can’t wait to try out for the soccer team. At last, everything is looking up in life.
Until the next morning. When Ethan awakens as a girl.
Ethan is a Changer, a little-known, ancient race of humans who live out each of their four years of high school as a different person. After graduation, Changers choose which version of themselves they will be forever—and no, they cannot go back to who they were before the changes began.
Ethan must now live as Drew Bohner—a petite blonde with an unfortunate last name—and navigate the treacherous waters of freshman year while also following the rules: Never tell anyone what you are. Never disobey the Changers Council. And never, ever fall in love with another Changer. Oh, and Drew also has to battle a creepy underground syndicate called “Abiders” (as well as the sadistic school queen bee, Chloe). And she can’t even confide in her best friend Audrey, who can never know the real her, without risking both of their lives.
Fans of the books of John Green, the Joss Whedonverse—and empathy between humans—will find much to love in this 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 a feature on T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper at the New York Times.
Check out author T Cooper’s appearance in John Green’s “Walking the Red Carpet: Thoughts from Los Angeles” vlog!
Listen to an interview with T Cooper on KVSF 101.5 (Santa Fe).
Read a letter from Allison Glock-Cooper to her teenage self at Dear Teen Me.
See below for the Changers Book One: Drew book trailer, which was featured by Shelf Awareness:
Listen to the Comic News Insider podcast talk about Changers Book One: Drew.
Read about authors T Cooper, Allison Glock-Cooper, and the We Are Changers movement in School Library Journal‘s “YA Authors Who Give Back.”
Watch the Let’s Play Books! Podcast review Changers Book One: Drew below:
Listen to interviews with T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper at NPR’s State of the Re:Union.
Check out T Cooper talking church and coffeeshops at Southern Foodways Alliance.
T COOPER and ALLISON GLOCK-COOPER are best-selling and award-winning authors and journalists. Between them, they have published eleven books, raised two children, and rescued six dogs. The Changers series—featuring Changers Book One: Drew, Changers Book Two: Oryon, and Changers Book Three: Kim—is their first collaboration in print. The two also write for television and film, and are currently adapting Changers for television (with Lionsgate). The authors can be reached via their websites: www.t-cooper.com and www.allisonglock.com.
ALLISON GLOCK-COOPER and T COOPER are best-selling and award-winning authors and journalists. Between them, they have published eleven books, raised two children, and rescued six dogs. The Changers series—featuring Changers Book One: Drew, Changers Book Two: Oryon, and Changers Book Three: Kim—is their first collaboration in print. The two also write for television and film, and are currently adapting Changers for television (with Lionsgate). The authors can be reached via their websites: www.t-cooper.com and www.allisonglock.com.