David Lubar Wizards of the Game

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Wizards of the Game

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Short, if the ancient maps were correct, I’d face my sworn enemy. Soon, I’d discover whether the sword of Calandra was a magical weapon capable of defeating an army, or a worthless piece of iron I’d been tricked into buying. Not much longer, I told myself, trying to control the excitement that buzzed through my nerves. Soon, revenge would be mine. Soon, the head of Maraku would dangle from my belt, and his heart would nourish the wolves who followed my trail.
 
But first, I had to make it through the rest of my third-period geography class.

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Grade 5-8-Mercer Dickensen's passion is a fantasy role-playing game called Wizards of the Warrior World. He and his friends play during free periods, after school, and on weekends. When he is asked to help organize the annual school fund-raiser to benefit a local homeless shelter, he suggests a gaming convention in the gym, with observation posts and all kinds of associated sale and swap tables featuring books and other paraphernalia. His idea is enthusiastically adopted by most of his classmates and teachers, as well as by Pastor Chuck, who runs the shelter. However, a dissenting article in the school paper by a student who links the game with Satanism and devil worship brings out a group of Bible-toting fundamentalists who halt the convention and game playing at school. After Pastor Chuck introduces Mercer to some of the residents of the shelter, these strange people start calling him Magus and beg that he help them return to their own world. It takes some time for Mercer to realize that they are real wizards, but eventually real magic and its related danger overshadow the game controversy. Short, often funny, and easy to read, the story combines wizardry and the real world of eighth grade in a way that is entirely believable and thought-provoking. Both sides of the issues are presented briefly but fairly, from different interpretations of the Bible to the pros and cons of wizardry, both fantasy and real. Help comes from an unexpected source, providing a surprise ending and more food for thought.
Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 6-8. Eighth-grader Mercer Dickensen loves the role-playing game Wizards of the Warrior World. After he convinces his school to sponsor a role-playing weekend tournament in order to raise money for a homeless shelter, he incurs the wrath of a local minister, who manages to get the tournament stopped by convincing the school board that the game is dangerous and evil. The story jarringly proceeds, with Mercer and his friends accidentally opening a portal to another world and finding themselves battling scary supernatural monsters that are released. This unexpected event seems to add credence to the minister's argument. After all, should kids be playing such a game if such supernatural beings can actually be invoked? Despite some awkwardness and confused plotting, the first-person narrative is breezy and funny, and the book will find an audience, especially among children who like role-playing games themselves. Todd Morning
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