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The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
Half Magic by Edward Eager
Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors
Miss Lina's Ballerinas by Grace Maccarone
Monsters: An Owner's Guide by Jonathan Emmett
Ollie and Claire by Tiffany Strelitz Haber
Outside In by Sarah Ellis
The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
Purple Springs by Nellie L. McClung
Rich Cat, Poor Cat by Bernard Waber
The Rising by Kelley Armstrong
Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale by Charles de Lint
Small Steps by Louis Sachar
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Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers
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Comments for In Real Life

In Real Life: 12/11/14

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In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang is a graphic novel about MMORPGs. Anda, who loves video games is recruited to an all girl guild on Coarsegold Online. As long as she follows a few simple rules online (no bullying) and offline (no giving away personal information, no getting in the way of school work), then she can play.

Anda, though, has to find her way through the world of Corsegold and she is befriended by a bounty hunter. Sure, there's a chance to make real world money (thus breaking one of her mother's rules), but doing so, requires killing gold farmers (characters who do nothing but collect valuable items, rather than earning them through quests).

But Anda begins to see that there might be people behind the gold farmers. She gets curious — perhaps because she's such a new player herself. Thus begins her friendship with a particular gold farmer.

Online interactions come with consequences in the real world. That's the message here. In Real Life isn't a warning against women being bullied online, it's a more general story about how online communities can bring people together, for positive or negative results.

Five stars

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Comment #1: Friday, December 12, 2014 at 13:27:42

Jeane

Is this YA fiction? I'm curious about it.



Comment #2: Friday, December 12, 2014 at 10:32:32

Pussreboots

It is. Specifically it's a YA graphic novel and is one of this year's CYBILs nominations.