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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
The Crafter: The Mysterious Game by Dan Sugralinov is a kids’ sci-fi fantasy story. When Kenny arrived in Kansas after living in New York, he expected to find a sleepy town. What he got was something completely different. His life suddenly becomes a game, but it’s nothing like the on-screen games he loves to play. Not only does he have to beat the monsters in the game, but he also has to beat the monsters and bullies he meets in real life. With Whiskers, his cat, by his side and some new-found friends, Kenny feels he can face anything. Every move must score him the maximum points, but it’s also about finding a place in a brand new world, one that will test him to his gaming limits.
The Crafter: The Mysterious Game by Dan Sugralinov is LitRPG at its best and well-aimed at its target audience. This is more than just a role-playing fantasy game, though. It also teaches kids about dealing with real-world experiences, such as a parent leaving or bullies in the schoolyard. It’s about having confidence in yourself and learning how to make friends and work as a team. The book is written in easy-to-follow language with some wonderfully developed characters that most kids, especially gamers, will find easy to relate to. It’s a combination of coming-of-age and fantasy with a narrative that perfectly fits both the real and gaming worlds. There is plenty of action to keep kids interested, and it’s a really inspiring read for them. This is the first in The Crafter series and is a great start. Looking forward to reading the next one.