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The game of love and death / Martha Brockenbrough.

Brockenbrough, Martha, author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Detroit Lakes Public Library Y BRO (Text) 33500012071718 Main Available -
Moorhead Public Library Y BRO (Text) 33500012071700 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780545668347 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0545668344 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2015.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: In Seattle in 1937 two seventeen-year-olds, Henry, who is white, and Flora, who is African-American, become the unwitting pawns in a game played by two immortal figures, Love and Death, where they must choose each other at the end, or one of them will die.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2015 April #2
    *Starred Review* "Stuck as eternal companions, Love and Death never worked as allies." Instead, they while away the millennia playing a game. Each chooses a player from among humanity. The length of the game is determined by a roll of the dice. The stakes are fatally high: if Death wins, her player dies; if Love wins, both players live. Death always wins. This time, however, Love is confident that he has the edge: the players are twins at heart. Flora is an African American girl, toughened by tragedy, who dreams of being an aviatrix. Henry, who has known his own share of misfortune, is white and guaranteed financial success as long as he follows the life mapped out for him by his adoptive family. Flora and Henry's fight for love in Depression-era Seattle faces so many natural obstacles that the machinations of the immortals almost look like a secondary concern. Almost. This sophisticated novel is filled with breathtaking prose and nuanced characterizations. Secondary characters pulled into the game by virtue of their associations with Henry and Flora are as richly drawn as the lovers. Love and Death, equally enigmatic and maddening, are the moral core of the story, despite the callous premise of their game. This original novel is a thoughtful exploration of courage, love, and the price we pay to live. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Martha Brockenbrough is the author of two books for adults and five books for young readers, including The Game of Love and Death, which earned four starred reviews and was a Kirkus Prize finalist; Devine Intervention; and The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and their two daughters. Visit her online at

Subject: Teenage boys > Washington (State) > Seattle > Juvenile fiction.
African American teenage girls > Washington (State) > Seattle > Juvenile fiction.
Man-woman relationships > Juvenile fiction.
Race relations > Juvenile fiction.
Seattle (Wash.) > History > 20th century > Juvenile fiction.
Love > Fiction.
Death > Fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.
Race relations > Fiction.
Seattle (Wash.) > History > 20th century > Fiction.
African American teenage girls.
Man-woman relationships.
Race relations.
Teenage boys
Washington (State) > Seattle.
Genre: Fiction.
Juvenile works.

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