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The Gaming Community in YA

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Hello, readers and gamers!  The gaming community spans the globe, and there is something for everyone.  So, whether you’re trying to grow your own Bell tree in Animal Crossing, waiting for the next season of Fortnite, or just a casual player who dabbles in different games, there’s a book out there for you.   In fact, you could check out some of these!

SLAY by Brittney Morris

No one knows that Kiera is the creator of SLAY, a secret online multiplayer role-playing card game she made for Black gamers.  At least, the game was a secret.  Now someone was murdered over a dispute in the game, which has now come under scrutiny.  And an anonymous troll is threatening Kiera with a lawsuit.  As she struggles to keep control of her life in and out of the game, Kiera will find friends—and enemies—in unexpected places.  Available as an e-book on Overdrive.

FUN FACT: You can actually play a simplified version of SLAY here!


Warcross by Marie Lu

In the future, everyone plays Warcross.  It’s an escape from reality.  And, just like reality, it has some shadiness.  Emika is a bounty hunter who hunts down players who are betting on the game illegally.  It doesn’t pay much, but things change when Emika hacks into the International Warcross Championship and becomes a hit.  But she’s about to learn that illegal gamblers aren’t the worst part of Warcross.  And she has to decide if she’ll take biggest gamble of all—trusting someone other than herself.  Available as an e-book and e-audiobook on Overdrive.

BONUS: The sequel, Wildcard, is also available as an e-book and e-audiobook on Overdrive!


In Real Life by Lawrence Tabak

Seth devotes all his free time to Starfare, the video game he loves and his parents hate.  His goal in life is to make to South Korea to gain fortune and fame playing the game professionally.  His parents have other ideas.  And he might, too, now that he’s met Hannah.  But when a South Korean team calls him to join, he jumps at the chance, leaving everyone behind.  But is his dream all it’s meant to be with Hannah there?  Available as an e-book on Overdrive.



Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff

Lesh and Svetlana literally run into each other in the middle of the night.  And they couldn’t be more different.  Lesh listens to metal, wears as much black as possible, and prefers MMOs.  Svetlana listens to Björk, embroiders her skirts, and dungeon masters her own RPG.  Despite all this, they realize they need each other, even if it doesn’t make sense.  And together, they’ll navigate the ultimate RPG—everyday life.  Available as an e-audiobook on Hoopla.


Happy reading, and happy gaming!


Sarah is a youth services librarian in Canfield. She pretty much only reads YA books, but she is easily distracted by a good picture book or anything Doctor Who related. Sarah loves to crochet and knit and can usually be found with a pile of yarn in her lap with one of her three dogs nearby. Originally from Texas, she still says “y’all” all the time and refuses to call carbonated beverages “pop.”