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A Friendly Game
     

A Friendly Game

by Lindsay Hornsby, Jose Pimienta (Artist)
 

Friends play many kinds of games with each other: cops and robbers,
checkers, tag. The best of friends will make up their own games.

Todd and
Kevin’s friendship is built on such a game. However, the rules and premise are far from the typical childhood games. A dispute amongst the two splits them into very different directions: one sees the

Overview


Friends play many kinds of games with each other: cops and robbers,
checkers, tag. The best of friends will make up their own games.

Todd and
Kevin’s friendship is built on such a game. However, the rules and premise are far from the typical childhood games. A dispute amongst the two splits them into very different directions: one sees the game for the cruel act that it is,
while the other decides it must move to the next level.

Imagine No
Country for Old Men crossed with Lord of the Flies, or even imagine if Johnny the Homicidal Maniac were once a little kid. There you have a Friendly
Game.

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VOYA - Nancy Pierce
When a board game becomes too boring for friends Todd and Kevin, Kevin shares a secret: he has become fascinated with trapping mice, and finds it even more interesting when his "catch" is still alive and he can decide when and how the life will end. Todd becomes hooked, too. In the ensuing months, the boys concoct a macabre game of trapping, torturing, and killing animals, escalating in the size of the animal and the gruesomeness of the violent acts. But when the latest potential "catch" is a puppy, Kevin's conscience kicks in. Kevin's hesitation angers Todd, especially because the puppy would score Todd many points in this cruel game. When Justin and Will happen upon the fight that escalates between Todd and Kevin, they have no idea what the "property" is at the center of the fight. The puppy is spared, but will Justin and Will be when they return with Todd to his house? Todd's conscience and morality seem only to extend to what he sees as "fair" when playing the game, not necessarily who lives and dies. A Friendly Game describes most vividly in graphic novel format how one disturbing event can spiral into increasing violence and murder. The authors show how two confused and perhaps lonely boys stumble on to this cruel "game" and how one finds his conscience, perhaps influenced by a caring mother, while the other boy—who has a distant father—never understands what he did was wrong. We see an interesting dynamic of friendship, family, regret, and sociopathic behavior, but ultimately one will have to decide if the extreme graphic violence overshadows the message. Many will think it does. Reviewer: Nancy Pierce

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593622008
Publisher:
SLG Publishing
Publication date:
08/10/2010
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
13 - 16 Years

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