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Crusader

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Paperback. Pub Date: April. 2007 Pages: 484 Publisher: Harcourt Roberta Ritter has been waiting for a knight in shining ARMOR for MOST of her Humdrum LiFe. She's a doormat. A nobody whose Mother died A FEW YEARS back. A smart girl who wastes her afternoons working in a failing arcade in a failing shopping mall. And then a Crusader arrives .... Only this Crusader is a virtual reality war game. one that does a booming business at the arcade. despite-or perhaps because of -the controversy over its racism and violence. Roberta's boring life explodes. Onetime friends become bitter enemies. strangers reveal themselves as allies. and Roberta discovers the truth about her mother's death. In uncovering what's real and not just virtually real. Roberta learns to stand up for herself-and. maybe. to become her own crusader. After a violent virtual-reality game arrives at the mall arcade ...

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Roberta Ritter hopes to be a journalist one day, but for now she's stuck working at her family's arcade in a dilapidated shopping mall. From her vantage point behind the counter, she sees all the goings-on at the mall - and some things she sees are disturbing. Racism, dirty politics, and drugs are all part of the scene. Roberta doesn't like it, but she's just a fifteen-year-old - so what can she do? Roberta is surprised to find out just how much power she does have. To hone her journalistic skills, she begins to investigate hate crimes at the mall. In the process, she uncovers some shocking information concerning her own mother's death. And as she learns to stand up for herself and the truth, Roberta becomes the kind of person who makes things happen - a crusader.

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"Bloor creates a world filled with dark silences and dangerous denials . . . Gripping". -- BCCB

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