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The Game of Love and Death

By Martha Brockenbrough   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545924221 Paperback
336 Pages | Ages 12 & Up

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545668347 Hardcover
336 Pages | 5.83" x 8.53" | Ages 12 & Up

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545668354 Ebook
336 Pages | Ages 12 & Up

Not since The Book Thief has Death played such an original and affecting role in a book for young people.

Flora and Henry were born a few blocks from each other, innocent of the forces that might keep a white boy and an African American girl apart; years later they meet again and their mutual love of music sparks an even more powerful connection.

But what Flora and Henry don't know is that they are pawns in a game played by the eternal adversaries Love and Death, here brilliantly reimagined as two extremely sympathetic and fascinating characters. Can their hearts and their wills overcome not only their earthly circumstances, but forces that have battled throughout history?

In the rainy Seattle of the 1920s, romance blooms among the jazz clubs, the mansions of the wealthy, and the shanty towns of the poor. But what is more powerful: love? Or death?

Raves & reviews:

Praise for The Game of Love and Death

"Love and Death are on the scene in human guises, manipulating people and events, and the book is really a tale of two couples: Henry and Flora, as well as the ultimate opposites-attract pair, Love and Death. Brock- enbrough (Devine Intervention) never sugarcoats the obstacles facing Henry and Flora's love — whether human prejudices or supernatural manipulations — in this inventive and affecting novel, and the ending in which Flora, who has seen too many people die, realizes how love and death intertwine, is beautiful." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Brockenbrough's precise, luscious prose cuts back and forth among the four protagonists, according each character equal depth... The contrast between the youthful excitement of ardent Henry and pragmatic Flora and the ageless, apparent ennui of the immortals gains nuance as readers come to understand that Love and Death are not without their own complicated feelings." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"...filled with breathtaking prose and nuanced characterizations." —Booklist, starred review

*"Romance fans will find plenty to swoon over here, while aspiring philosophers will find just as much to ponder." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review