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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 136
Themes: video games, virtual reality, arson
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 03/Oct/2017
Fry Reading Level: 4.1
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Josh is a gamer. After his parents' divorce and his move from Chicago to a small town where he doesn't know anybody, he copes by staying up way too late playing Killswitch online. Then he discovers a "mod" version of the game that is an exact reproduction of his new town. Strange things start to happen in the game, and they are somehow connected with events in the real world.

School Library Journal
"Readers, reluctant and avid alike, will be quickly drawn into Josh's lonely world…It reads almost too quickly."
CM Magazine
"Rodman is a capable storyteller, and the portrayals of high school kids is quite good—there is no whiff of 'hello, fellow kids'-type failed attempts to capture the youth of today in this book. With good pacing and an interesting plot, Firewall will appeal to reluctant teen readers."
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"Firewall zips along without sacrificing character development or writing quality…A gripping read that doesn't underestimate the intelligence of its reader."


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