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The Traitor Game by B. R. Collins
  

The Traitor Game

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Winner of for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award

An extraordinary fantasy novel from a supremely talented debut novelist. Set partly in a boys’ school and also in another world that is both fierce and dangerous, it has themes of cowardice, loyalty and bravery and will provide much food for thought for the reader. What really makes this book so sensational is that each world, both real and fantasy, is just as gripping as the other. The two-fold narrative with alternate chapters is incredibly complex to construct, yet the talent of this writer has made it look so easy and has created a fluid, completely unputdownable read.

What the judges' said:

This is the 10th year of the award, which recognises new children's authors and the role of the editor in a book's creation. The Traitor Game, published by Bloomsbury, is an ambitious teenage novel about the problematic relationship between two school boys, interwoven with an elaborate fantasy world they have created, called Evguard.

From the author:

'I'm interested in the way fantasy is a metaphor for a state of mind. In The Traitor Game, the boys reinvent reality in order to escape from their everyday world. Both boys are affected by bullying. I have never experienced bullying but I wanted to tackle it because I am interested in exploring issues of emotional damage. The further you move from your own experience, the more you can explore issues truthfully.'

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Synopsis

The Traitor Game by B. R. Collins

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.

Reviews

'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


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About the Author

B. R. Collins

B. R. Collins is a graduate of both university and drama school. The Traitor Game, published by Bloomsbury in August 2008, is her first novel. Bridget lives in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th September 2009

Author

B. R. Collins

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

NewGen - YA Fiction
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General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9780747597254

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