Colin Kaepernick announces graphic memoir for young adults

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Colin Kaepernick is planning to share more of his life story, this time with a certain audience in mind.

The former NFL quarterback and civil rights activist is scheduled to release a young adult graphic novel, “Colin Kaepernick: Change the Game,” next spring.

“Change the Game’ is the true story of my high school years — a period punctuated by the trials and triumphs of adolescence,” Kaepernick said in Wednesday’s announcement. “It was during this time that I began to grow unapologetically into my own identity, into my own sense of self. I hope this graphic novel encourages readers to nurture their own evolution and to trust their power — in a phrase — to change the game.”

The book will be published through his Kaepernick Publishing imprint with Scholastic on March 7, 2023.

The imprint’s first offering, a children’s book, “I Color Myself Different,” was released in April and became a bestseller.

“Following the incredible success of ‘I Color Myself Different,’ we are thrilled to work with Colin again on the publication of this second book based on his life experience,” Scholastic’s VP and Publisher Debra Dorfman said in a statement. “Everyone faces a crossroad in their life — Colin’s teenage years were defining and his inspirational story reminds readers of all ages not to conform to others’ expectations.”

Illustrated by Orlando Caicedo, “Change the Game” was written by Kaepernick and award-winning scholar Eve L. Ewing, whose work includes “Maya and the Robot,” “1619” and the “Ironheart” series for Marvel Comics.

“Change The Game” is geared for ages 12 and up.

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