Heir Apparent (Paperback)

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Student: Abbie Catalano
Title: Heir Apparent

I really liked how in the book they make the video game seem real but also subtly remind you that it's a game. I like that they give the characters personalities and give you enough information about them that you get attached to them.
I kept forgetting while I was reading that the game wasn't real. I also liked when they gave the updates on the game damage and the solutions. I was also trying to think of things that she could do instead, but sometimes the opposite of what I thought would happen.
I would definitely recommend the book to my friends.

— From Teen Picks


In the virtual reality game Heir Apparent, there are way too many ways to get killed--and Giannine seems to be finding them all. Which is a darn shame, because unless she can get the magic ring, locate the stolen treasure, answer the dwarf's dumb riddles, impress the head-chopping statue, charm the army of ghosts, fend off the barbarians, and defeat the man-eating dragon, she'll never win.

And she has to, because losing means she'll die--for real this time.

Praise For…

"Consistently entertaining."--Publishers Weekly

"A testament to Vande Velde's storytelling magic."--The Horn Book

"A stylish tale [that] addresses both fantasy gaming and censorship."
--The New York Times Book Review

[star] "Plausible, suspenseful. . . . Hilarious. . . . It's riveting reading for
experienced gamers and tyros alike."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780152051259
ISBN-10: 0152051252
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: June 1st, 2004
Pages: 315
Language: English