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Gamer Girl, Mari Mancusi


The illustrated cover of this charming novel depicts the two faces of Maddy: the shy, dark-clothed nerd, and the beautiful, attractive elf she plays in the online game “Fields of Fantasy.” Maddy is starting at a new high school due to her parents divorce, and finds herself alone most of the time, drawing and reading manga in her spare time. Her father introduces her to the online game “Fields of Fantasy,” albeit with warnings about giving out information online and online personas. Maddy creates Allora, the blonde elf depicted on the front cover, and soon finds herself interacting with many different characters, eventually befriending one named “Sir Leo.” Meanwhile, Maddy struggles with fitting in at school, but is encouraged by the school librarian in her artwork, and eventually starts an after-school manga club.

This is a fluffy quick read, and though published in 2008, may soon become outdated because of its references to computer gaming. Though not particularly original, it is still a fun and cute novel.

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