The Traitor Game

The Traitor Game : Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2009. Nominated for the Carnegie Award

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There was a folded bit of A4 paper wedged into the locker. It said MICHAEL THOMPSON. Michael slid it out, and flipped it open. It said I KNOW WHERE ARCASTER IS. That was when the bottom dropped out of everything. Michael and Francis are best friends at school, drawn together by their common secret - a complete obsession with creating, crafting, adding to and poring over their joint fantasy world, Evgard. Their friendship is put to the severest test when Michael, thinking that Francis has betrayed their world, takes the cold, deliberate decision not to help Francis when Francis is the victim of a brutal attack. Michael then has to see the consequences of his mistake, and confront his own weaknesses. This absolutely compelling charting of the boys' friendship is reflected in the fantasy world, as the fantasy characters and their actions are a clear mirror of the boys' own actions in the real world. With one difference. In the fantasy world, one of the characters does not survive. Each world, both real and fantasy, is just as gripping as the other.
The twofold narrative with alternate chapters is incredibly complex to construct, yet the talent of this writer is to create a fluid, completely unputdownable read. An extraordinarily and compelling novel that will attract many readers at many levels and within many genres.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 26mm | 222.26g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747597251
  • 9780747597254
  • 439,160

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'The whole is an extraordinary and truthful working-through of adolescent difficulties. A notable new writer has arrived' Sunday Times Book of the Week 'Wonderfully conceived Brain food that's well worth feeding to your teenage boys - and stealing from them afterwards' Big Issue 'A convincing, almost forensic, evocation of the experience of being bullied - and living with the fear that it will happen again' Time Out Kids' Book of the Week 'This is a gripping debut novel which had me on the edge of my seat The author has deftly managed to keep up the momentum and suspense in each world and has created an unforgettable story' School Librarian
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About B. R. Collins

B.R. Collins is a graduate of both university and drama school. The Traitor Game is her first novel. Bridget lives in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
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Rating details

381 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 29% (112)
4 35% (132)
3 22% (85)
2 11% (41)
1 3% (11)
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