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Gaming, gender shifts, and a Samurai among Panthers

Here are my latest book recommendations for the Northwest Asian Weekly:

In Real Life
Written by Cory Doctorow, Illustrated by Jen Wang
First Second, 2014

After a guest speaker visits her class at school, Anda joins the world of Coarsegold Online, a massively multiplayer role-playing game.

She ends up spending most of her free time playing and for the naturally shy and quiet Anda, it’s a place she can be a take-charge leader and hero. And as Anda gains confidence in her skills as a gamer, it begins to show in other areas of her life.

Through Coarsegold, she meets and makes friends with people from all over the world, but when she meets a gold farmer played by a poor Chinese teen, things get more complicated.

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