What’s up with Cali? Why does she keep changing her gamer tag? It’s summertime, and even though his good friend Cali moved to another city, Jaden can connect with her online almost every day to play their favorite game, Cross Ups. His mom has loosened her rules on how often he can play, and he has an amazing new controller that will make him even better at tournaments. But then he gets roped into a dorky summer camp with his buddy Hugh, and Cali starts acting really weird . . . So when a last-minute tournament spot opens up in Cali’s city, Jaden jumps at the chance to go. But things go badly from the start. Jaden loses his controller on the train, and his reunion with Cali is awkward. She’s unhappy, and Jaden can’t figure out why, especially when she’s getting better and better at Cross Ups — and may even win the tournament.
With its sharp dialogue and relatable characters, Anyone’s Game, the second book in the "Cross Ups" series, chronicles the ups and downs of middle school with a relevant, contemporary twist.
Sylv Chiang, author
Sylv Chiang is a middle grade teacher by day and a writer of middle grade fiction by night. She wrote "Cross Ups!" to appeal to the students in her grade five class who are more interested in video games than books. She lives in Pickering, Ontario.
Connie Choi, illustrator
Connie Choi is a Toronto-based illustrator who recently graduated from the Illustration program at Sheridan College. She loves to draw characters and the worlds they live in. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Rights Holder: Annick Press
rights sold: Canada, USA
rights available: World
age range: 8-11
number of pages: 192
publication date: 09/11/2018
Original language of pub: English
Materials Available: finished book