Vivian Vande Velde is an Edgar Award-winning author of fiction for young adults. Heir Apparent, a Junior Library Guild Selection and winner of the Anne Spencer Lindbergh Prize for Best Children's Fantasy Novel, has been called "consistently entertaining" by Publishers Weekly. This clever and imaginative fantasy, featuring a marvelous reading from narrator Carine Montbertrand, will lure curious listeners into the virtual reality world of a medieval-styled arcade game that might just be deadly.
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"Giannine's 14th birthday present is a gift certificate to a futuristic arcade. There she elects to play a medieval virtual reality game and becomes the illegitimate daughter of a king who names her heir to the throne. When the electrical currents at the arcade are disrupted, Giannine must finish the game successfully, or a system overload may fry her brain. However, dying in the game is not a problem--it just starts over from the beginning (again and again). After the third start, Carine Montbertrand's plodding delivery makes wanting to continue difficult. There's not much character delineation and little variety to the pacing. However, Giannine is a lively, sympathetic character plunked down in the middle of a rollicking good story. S.G. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"
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