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Aladdin Paperbacks
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5.7 X 8.5 X 1.2 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

John David Anderson is the author of many highly acclaimed books for kids, including the New York Times Notable Book Ms. Bixby's Last Day, Posted, Granted, One Last Shot, and Stowaway. A dedicated root beer connoisseur and chocolate fiend, he lives with his wonderful wife, two frawesome kids, and clumsy cat, Smudge, in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can visit him online at


"Ready Player One for the middle grade crowd. . . .With fast-paced action and a fun, engaging voice, there is plenty here to hold interest. . . .Anderson combines action and realistic middle grade issues with video game references to produce a winning pick that's ideal for gamers or reluctant readers."--School Library Journal "July 2016 "
"This enjoyable adventure with plenty of laugh-out- loud moments wins because it never takes itself too seriously. Reveling instead in its own oddly relatable premise, the novel offers readers an awkward nerd-turned-hero who learns lessons in real-world courage and self-confidence, while the story itself avoids the pitfalls of anti-gaming didacticism. The video game challenges are well crafted, and they reference a diverse list of unnamed games from Tetris to Frogger to Rock Band to Mortal Kombat, giving knowledgeable readers a chance to play guess-that-allusion. The overall quirky tone and set-up make for a likely success among readers who want a gamer hero and with retro-loving gamer-readers who aren't quite ready for Cline's Ready Player One."--The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
"In this clever deconstruction of video game tropes . . . Anderson (Ms. Bixby's Last Day) presents an entertaining romp in which a mundane school day takes on epic qualities."

--Publishers Weekly "July 4, 2016 "