Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde

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In the virtual reality game Heir Apparent, there are way too many ways to get killed--and Giannine seems to be finding them all. Which is a darn shame, because unless she can get the magic ring, locate the stolen treasure, answer the dwarf's dumb riddles, impress the head-chopping statue, charm the army of ghosts, fend off the barbarians, and defeat the man-eating dragon, she'll never win.

And she has to, because losing means she'll die--for real this time.

About Vivian Vande Velde

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Vivian Vande Velde has written many books for teen and middle grade readers, including Heir Apparent, User Unfriendly, All Hallow's Eve: 13 Stories, Three Good Deeds, Now You See It ..., and the Edgar Award-winning Never Trust a Dead Man. She lives in Rochester, New York. Visit her website at www.vivianvandevelde.com.
Published June 1, 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 337 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Computers & Technology, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Stranded in “Heir Apparent,” a game in which she, as the illegitimate but designated successor to a medieval throne, has to claim and keep her position, Giannine discovers that she can only escape real brain damage, or worse, by finishing the game within three “days.” Vande Velde (Being Dead, 200...

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each time Giannine's character "dies," Giannine must start back at the beginning, making more informed choices and using her developing diplomacy to prevent a war with barbarians, or win over the royal troops.

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When Giannine arrives at a virtual arcade, she is greeted by protestors but decides to play in Heir Apparent anyway.

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