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The Game by Diana Wynne Jones
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Jun 02, 10

bookshelves: childrens-fiction, tween-fiction

Diana Wynne Jones is the master of creating a steady developing mystery within the guise of a fantasy plotline and The Game is no exception. As a novella, the story is much lighter than most of Jones' intricately detailed works, but the suspense and and craft of storytelling are no less than one would expect from a writer of this caliber. Young orphaned Haley is banished from her aunt and uncle's home for unknown reasons. Forced to spend the holidays with her cousins, Haley is exposed to a family game where people enter the Mythosphere, a mercurial realm that exists above and around earth and is home to all of the folklore, mythology, and fairy tales that have been created throughout time. Once Haley starts playing the game, however, she soon realizes that she can't stop-- to do so may mean the destruction of the new extended family she's just met. This is a great read for 11-13 year olds, especially those interested in Mythology or Astrology. As a stand-alone novella, it's a nice follow-up to Percy Jackson as well.

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