This spooky hi-lo tale is about video gaming. Teenaged Curtis loves to battle it out online, using his favorite avatar, Hurricane. He's intrigued by a champion gamer named Khyber Kingsley, who has mysteriously gone missing, but his friend Junior only cares about going to a party where all the popular kids will be that evening. The party is to take place at a gaming club, so Curtis finally agrees to go. But when the two arrive, the building looks abandoned. They enter anyway, only to discover a computer that suddenly glows to life, bearing the message: "If you can read this, it's already too late." Curtis and Junior are trapped, and the only way out is to accept a mysterious man's challenge to play him online in a new, full-immersion game called "Realm of Ghosts." Reluctant or challenged readers, as well as ESL students, will appreciate the book's high-interest topic and sinister atmosphere as well as its brevity. End material includes "case files" and a glossary, along with discussion questions and writing prompts. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)
Meet the Author
Phil Parks is a Michigan native who has been illustrating books for more than twenty years. With subjects ranging from adult mystery and dark fantasy to whimsical children's literature, he has had the opportunity to work with authors such as Dean Koontz, Ray Bradbury, Lawrence Block, and many others.