New Picture Book by John Coy Tells Story of a Secret, Game-Changing Basketball Match

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Game
Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game
, published by Carolrhoda
Books
, a division of Lerner
Publishing Group
, regales readers with a fascinating account of a
secret game that foreshadowed the future of basketball. Written by Hoop
Genius
author John
Coy
and illustrated by Randy DuBurke, Game Changer tells the
unforgettable story of two teams putting aside prejudice to play a good
game of basketball.

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 true story of how in 1944, Coach John McLendon orchestrated
a secret game between the best players from a white college and his team
from the North Carolina College of Negroes. At a time of widespread
segregation and rampant racism, this illegal gathering changed the sport
of basketball forever.

About the Author
John
Coy
is the author of the picture books Strong to the
Hoop
, Around the World, and Hoop
Genius
. He lives in Minneapolis and visits schools nationally
and internationally.

About the Illustrator
Randy DuBurke has been a
professional illustrator for over twenty years. He has done comic book
art, animation, editorial illustration, book covers, and children’s
books. He lives in Switzerland with his wife and two children.

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About the Publisher
Carolrhoda
Books
, a division of Lerner
Publishing Group
, creates high-quality fiction and nonfiction for
children and young adults.

PUBLICATION DATE:
October 2015

$17.99 Hardcover, Jacketed
eBook Also Available
Ages
7–11
HC: 978-1-4677-2604-7
32 Pages ● 10 5/8 x 8 7/8

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800-328-4929, or visit us online at
www.lernerbooks.com.

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Lerner Publishing Group
Lindsay Matvick, 800-328-4929, x385
Publicity
and Trade Marketing Manager
lmatvick@lernerbooks.com
or
Katie
O’Neel, 800-328-4929, x209
Publicist
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