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While online gaming, Anda can meet people from all over the world and make friends. But she soon learns the game isn't just a game for some, but a job. Ages 12-18.
From acclaimed teen author Cory Doctorow and rising-star cartoonist Jen Wang comes a New York Times-bestselling graphic novel that takes a sensitive, thoughtful look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture-clash.
"A lovely graphic novel for gamer girls of all ages." --Felicia Day
Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing.
But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer--a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake.
In Real Life is a touching and morally complex tale for young adults.
This title has Common Core connections.
Author: Cory Doctorow | Illustrator: Jen Wang
Paperback, 208 pages, Ages 12-18. Publisher: First Second, February 13, 2018.
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