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For the Win

By: Cory Doctorow

Trapped by strict contracts and threatened with violence, teenage "gold farmers" must play multiplayer online games for hours on end, harvesting virtual treasure their bosses sell to first-world customers for real money. But in today's global economy, even one person with an Internet connection has power-and a farmers' revolt can change the world.

ISBN: 9780765322166

JLG Release: Jul 2010


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
Topics: Online gaming , The Internet , "Gold farmers ," China , Corporations , Military strategy , Censorship , Oppression , Labor unions

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Awards & Honors

2011 Amelia Bloomer List, Fiction, Young Adult; Booklist 2010 Editor’s Choice, Books for Youth, Fiction, Older Readers;

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Guide^

Horn Book

Doctorow follows a handful of computer-gamers, gold farmers, and those who would take advantage of them, exploring the real-world economic implications of computer game currencies. His enthusiasm for his subject is contagious, if dogmatic, and his explanations of currency markets, inflation, and other economic concepts are lively and clear. Doctorow follows a handful of computer-gamers, gold farmers, and those who would take advantage of them, exploring the real-world economic implications of computer game currencies. His enthusiasm for his subject is contagious, if dogmatic, and his explanations of currency markets, inflation, and other economic concepts are lively and clear.

Junior Library Guild


• An engrossing novel that skillfully combines a brainy central concept with high-stakes action.
• The characters, including a feared teenage gaming strategist from India known as “General Robotwallah” and a California boy who sends himself to China in a shipping container, are memorable and unique.
• An accessible, immersi

• An engrossing novel that skillfully combines a brainy central concept with high-stakes action.
• The characters, including a feared teenage gaming strategist from India known as “General Robotwallah” and a California boy who sends himself to China in a shipping container, are memorable and unique.
• An accessible, immersive look at gaming culture. Cory Doctorow convincingly renders action in both the real world and the virtual world.
• Doctorow includes a number of fascinating asides on an impressive range of topics, such as the usefulness of equations that quantify fun and the reasons powerful institutions fear open systems of communication. This information aids the reader’s understanding of the political and economic ramifications of the characters’ actions.

Book Details

ISBN

9780765322166

First Release

July 2010

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

400

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.9; Points: 27;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 9.6; Points: 34;

Lexile

Level 1070L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Tor Teen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Topics

Online gaming, The Internet, "Gold farmers," China, Corporations, Military strategy, Censorship, Oppression, Labor unions,

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