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Sep 17 2019

Game on by Alex Miles

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Girl Geeks book 2. Penguin, 2019, ISBN: 9780143795063.
(Age: 9+) Themes: Skateboarding, Gaming, Friendship. Alex Miles in collaboration with the Australian Girl Geek Academy presents her second junior novel Game on in the series Girl Geeks. This series is written for girls who love online gaming, skateboarding and stories about friendship and loyalty.
Niki, Maggie, Hamsa and Eve developed their friendship through developing a computing project for their class. Niki who loves online gaming invites the girls to attend a LAN party on the weekend. TrickiNicki is her online persona and she enjoys gaming with her guy friends, Felix, Max and Archie as Team Jupiter. She is fearless and loves competing. The Castle Capture Cup is an upcoming national televised esport event with a competition open to young gamers. Niki is super excited to enter her name for selection in the competition. She even coaches her friend Maggie giving her gaming tips and strategies.
An unfortunate skateboarding accident resulting in a broken thumb stops Niki from participating in the competition. Her friends rally around her and work together to find a solution, even though Niki is angry and unappreciative. Even Eleni her beautiful older sister steps up to help. With her close circle of friends working together, there are some surprises and plenty of excitement at the Castle Capture Cup event.
Alex Miles explores themes of loyalty, stereotypes, friendship, school and family life in Game on. The Girl Geeks series is written to encourage girls to learn and embrace computing, gaming and technology. The books are written in conjunction with The Girl Geek Academy which aims to empower one million girls and women in these fields by 2025.
Rhyllis Bignell

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