Synopses & Reviews
andlt;b andgt;A talented teen athlete questions realityand#8212;and the role she plays in itand#8212;when a mysterious injury upends her world.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Athletics are everything for eighth-grader KT Sutton. Sheand#8217;s a softball star, and sheand#8217;s on track to get a college scholarship and achieve international fame. Then one day during a championship gameand#8212;in the middle of an important playand#8212;she suddenly blacks out.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;When she wakes up, sheand#8217;s in a different world. One where school is class after class of athletic drills, and after-school sports are replaced by popular academic competitions. One where KT is despised for her talent, and where her parents are fixated on her brotherand#8217;s future mathletics career rather than KTand#8217;s softball hopes.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;KT is desperate to get back to reality as she knew it, but bits and pieces of disturbing memories and dreams make her wonder if something truly awful happened there. What if sheand#8217;s lost something a lot more important than a softball game?andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;From andlt;Iandgt;New York Times andlt;/Iandgt;bestselling author of andlt;Iandgt;Sent andlt;/Iandgt;and andlt;Iandgt;Sabotagedandlt;/Iandgt;, an engaging and highly relevant exploration of societyand#8217;s debate of smarts versus sports.
"Eighth-grader KT Sutton lives to play softball. She has a roomful of trophies, parents who cater to her every athletic need, and a list of childhood goals tacked up in her room with sayings like, 'The University of Arizona will beg me to pitch for them.' Then, without warning or explanation, she's thrust into an alternate world where athletic skills are taught in school for grades, but after-school academic competitions are all anyone cares about. KT's geeky 12-year-old brother, Max, is now a mathletic rock star; her softball teammates don't want to be seen with her; and her parents find her an annoyance and a disappointment. Though KT's fierceness and determination to do what she loves are admirable, Haddix's message about the overimportance of sports in contemporary society is heavy-handed. Only when KT learns that Max also remembers the 'real world,' and the two of them team up, does the story find its warmth and heart. Haddix (The Always War) pulls out a touching ending after a journey designed mostly to teach a lesson. Ages 12 up. Agent: Tracey Adams, Adams Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including The Missing series and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for andlt;iandgt;The Indianapolis Newsandlt;/iandgt;. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at HaddixBooks.com.