Bound To Stay Bound

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 Ultimate gaming showdown (Player vs. Player)
 Author: England, M. K.

 Publisher:  Random House (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 276 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 311427 ISBN: 9780593433409
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Video games -- Fiction
 Artificial intelligence -- Fiction
 Online identities -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $19.78

A virtual tournament is announced in Affinity, the biggest online multiplayer video game in the world, and four kids are invited to compete for the grand prize--and a chance to become a professional gamer.

 Illustrator: Danger, Chris

   Booklist (06/01/22)

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Booklist - 06/01/2022 Hurricane Games announces they’re starting a professional e-sports league for their online role-playing game, Affinity. Participants enter in teams of four, and the invitational tournament offers winners opportunities to turn pro. The protagonists in this fast-paced, action-packed story about friendship, responsibility, self-image, and leadership include Josh, whose dad wants him to stop wasting time online; Hannah, who practically lives at the public library because it’s the only place she can get internet; Larkin, whose parents have forbidden electronics in their home after Larkin’s older brother got into trouble with online gambling; and Wheatley, a mysterious assigned partner who quickly becomes part of the team. The four kids take turns narrating first-person chapters, expressing self-doubts, dodging parental interference, and describing the action of the onscreen bouts in glorious detail. The characters (especially the adults) are stereotypes, and the results predictable, but the story is a thrill ride, and the book ends on a cliff-hanger. This is a great selection for action-oriented readers and dedicated gamers. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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