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 Last gate of the emperor (Last Gate Of The Emperor)
 Author: Mbalia, Kwame

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 289 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 604566 ISBN: 9781338665857
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Science fiction
 Video games -- Fiction
 Augmented reality -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Missing persons -- Fiction
 Uncles -- Fiction
 War -- Fiction

Price: $22.08

Yared Heywat lives an isolated life in Addis Prime-a hardscrabble city. His worrywart Uncle Moti and bionic lioness Besa are his only family and friends. Often in trouble for his thrill-seeking antics and smart mouth, Yared is a star player of the underground augmented reality game, The Hunt for Kaleb's Obelisk. When a game change leads to an attack on his city and disappearance of his uncle, Yared searches for his uncle with the help of Besa and a game rival as an intergalactic war occurs.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Makonnen, Prince Joel

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.00
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 512143

   Booklist (04/15/21)

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Booklist - 04/15/2021 This action-packed technothriller by best-selling author Mbalia and Makonnen, a descendent of the last emperor of Ethiopia, brings to life the bleak world of Addis Prime—a city strict and difficult to survive, with dilapidated technology, to boot. To escape his reality, Yared Heywat devotes much of his life to augmented-reality gaming, at which he excels, but after Yared logs into The Hunt for Kaleb’s Obelisk with his true identity, his fun double life comes to an end as an unprecedented attack shakes the city to its core, and his only relative disappears. Readers will delight in Yared’s puckish demeanor and perspective; his loyal bionic lioness, Besa; and the events that ensue as all of Yared’s childhood stories come to life in a terrifying way, from dangerous monsters to mysterious floating realms. In this vivid, volatile Afrofuturist sf world, as Yared journeys to learn about himself and his spiraling environment, he must figure out whom to trust and how he is connected to all of the chaos. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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