War Games

War Games

Book - 2008
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Ryan Taber's father is about to deploy for his first tour of duty with the Canadian army in Afghanistan. Ryan lives his days on an army base in Alberta, and spends his evenings at the CyberKnights cafe, playing his favourite video game, Desert Death . At CyberKnights, Ryan meets the Desert Death ultimate champion and becomes entangled in a world of danger and deceit that begins to resemble the very real circumstances his father is facing overseas.

[Fry Reading Level - 5.5

Publisher: Toronto : James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers, ©2008.
ISBN: 9781552770351
Characteristics: 181 pagaes ;,18 cm.


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Feb 15, 2011

War Games, by Jacqueline Guest, is a story about a Canadian teenager who loves to play video games, especially one called Desert Death. When his father leaves for Afghanistan, Ryan, the main character, is excited because he will not have to spend as much time on the military base any longer. However, he begins to realize the dangers that his father faces are real, not like those of a video game. This was an okay book, but I felt as if the author was trying to hard to make is relevant to teenagers. She uses lots of slang and vocabulary that I don’t feel is an accurate representation of how we teens actually talk to one another. I would have a hard time recommending this to anyone, but it would be most appropriate for the late middle to high school reader.

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