Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing.
But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer — a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.
This title has not (yet) been reviewed by our staff formally, but it is one that we highly recommend as a title that the majority of libraries should own for this age range.
In Real Life
By Cory Doctorow
Art by Jen Wang
First Second, 2014
NFNT Age Recommendation: Teen (13-16)