Book recommendations for kids who love video games
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Insert Coin to Continue / John David Anderson
Middle-schooler Bryan wakes up to find that his life has become a video game, with bullies to beat, races to run, puzzles to solve, and much more at stake. Ages 8 and up
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Arcade World series / Nate Bitt
Travis and Journey are best friends who love going to Arcade World, a mysterious arcade filled with video games no one has ever heard of, so when they learn the danger of the games coming to life they must save the world from pixelated Minibosses. Ages 5 and up.
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Choose Your Own Adventure series / Various Authors
Long-standing series of interactive novels that allow readers to control the story and provide a wide variety of plots and outcomes. Ages 5 and up (varies by book).
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Ultimate Gaming Showdown / M.K. England
A virtual tournament is announced in Affinity, the biggest online multiplayer video game in the world, and four kids are invited to compete for the grand prize–and a chance to become a professional gamer. Ages 8 and up.
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Press Start series / Thomas Flintham
Sunny’s favorite games star his favorite character, Super Rabbit Boy. Each new game is a new adventure! What will be Super Rabbit Boy’s next adventure? Sunny just needs to press start to find out! Ages 5 and up.
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Pokemon Graphic Novels / Various Authors
Multiple series of graphic novels following the popular TV show and video games. Ages 8 and up.
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The Double Life of Danny Day / Mike Thayer
Danny Day, age eleven, lives every day twice, which allows him to skip class, play video games for hours, and try to bring down bullies at his new middle school. Ages 9 and up.
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You Choose series / Various Authors
A series of interactive novels that reinvent classic fairy tale stories. Kids who love controlling the narrative in video games are sure to love changing the outcomes of their favorite fairy tales! Ages 8 and up.
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Last Gamer Standing / Katie Zhao
Twelve-year-old Reyna is am up-and-coming junior amateur Dayhold gamer, but when she’s blackmailed and threatened to be doxed by an anonymous troll, Reyna has to confront the toxic gaming community head-on. Ages 8 and up.
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Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor / Xiran Jay Zhao
After his augmented reality gaming headset is possessed by the spirit of the First Emperor of China, twelve-year-old Chinese American Zack Ying is compelled to travel across China to steal an ancient artifact, fight figures from Chinese history and myth, and seal a portal to prevent malicious spirits from destroying the human realm. Ages 8 and up.
KW July 2022