Have you ever wondered what it would be like if all of your school classes were like PE, and all of the "outside of school" activities were about reading, math, social studies and science? I bet some of you would love that. Others may hate it. Personally, I would hate it. And, if no one really cared about the "in school" activities, only what you did after school, how would you feel?
KT, the main character of Game Changer by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Lexile: 740; Reading Level: Grades 5-8) loves softball. It's all she thinks about. So, when something goes desperately wrong and she ends up in a world in which all of her school classes are exercise classes and all of the after school activities are things like Math Club and Geography Bee, she feels lost. She's good at school, but no one seems to care because her brother is a Mathletics champion. What KT, her brother, and a girl she barely knows learn about priorities, obsessions, and friendship, make up the heart of this story. 240 pages.
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.