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A charming and inclusive YA anthology all about games—from athletic sports to board games to virtual reality—from editor Laura Silverman and an all-star cast of contributors.
From the slightly fantastical to the utterly real, light and sweet romance to tales tinged with horror and thrills, Game On is an anthology that spans genre and style. But beneath each story is a loving ode to competition and games perfect for anyone who has ever played a sport or a board game, picked up a video game controller, or rolled a twenty-sided die.
A manhunt game is interrupted by a town disappearing beneath the players' eyes. A puzzle-filled scavenger hunt emboldens one college freshman to be brave with the boy she's crushing on. A series of summer nights full of card games leads a boy to fall for a boy who he knows is taken. And a spin the bottle game could end a life-long friendship.
Fifteen stories, and fifteen unforgettable experiences that may inspire readers to start up that Settlers of Catan game again.
About the Author
Laura Silverman (Editor & Contributor) is the author of Girl Out of Water (Sourcebooks Fire 2017), You Asked For Perfect (Sourcebooks Fire 2019), and Recommended For You (McElderry 2020). She is also the editor and contributor of It's a Whole Spiel (Knopf 2019) and Up All Night (Algonquin 2021). Girl Out of Water was a Junior Library Guild selection, and You Asked For Perfect was named to best teen fiction lists by YALSA, Chicago Public Library, and the Georgia Center for the Book. Laura has also been a freelance editor for seven years.
"Games of many sorts lead to triumph, tragedy, angst, joy, hookups, and breakups for teens in tales set both on and off the playing field...Readers will find this collection fresh, thought-provoking, and wise in the ways of adolescent coming-of-age...likely to broaden anyone’s notion of what winning is all about."--Kirkus Reviews
"Game On is a love letter to games and competition. Whether you’re a fan of sports, board or video games, chances are there is at least one story in Game On will bring out your inner champion. With inclusive narratives and diverse characters, this anthology is a fun addition to any bookshelf!"--The Nerd Daily
"These stories have heart—a competitive heart—and collectively remind readers that, just like in life, how you play the game matters."--Booklist Online