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Brainboy and the Deathmaster

Brainboy and the Deathmaster

Fall 2003 Fiction
Ages: 9 - 11 yrs.
Author: Tor Seidler
ISBN: 0060291818
Hardcover Price: $16.99
Darryl, almost catatonic after the death of all his relatives in a fire, has been stuck in the Masterly Children's Shelter. The only things that interest him are computer games at which he is a genius. The streetwise Boris temporarily becomes Darryl's roommate, tells him about his missing sister, Nina and introduces him to an extremely difficult computer game on the laptop bolted to the table in their room. A game Nina played before she disappeared and one Darryl continues playing until an ancient face with one red eye appears on the screen.

Darryl is whisked away to become a foster child of Mr. Masterly, the benefactor of the shelter, and founder of the world's largest computer company. In a convoluted frenetic plot, the characters interlace in unexpected exciting ways. This is a book that both computer geeks and kids-who-don't-like-to-read will like-to-read.

Kemie Nix   ©2003 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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