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The Battle

The Gauntlet

Karuna Riazi



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21 October 2020
Series: The Gauntlet
The game begins again in this gripping follow-up to exciting, clever (Booklist) The Gauntlet that's a futuristic Middle Eastern Zathura meets Ready Player One!
Four years after the events of The Gauntlet, the evil game Architect is back with a new partner-in-crime-The MasterMind-and the pair aim to get revenge on the Mirza clan. Together, they've rebuilt Paheli into a slick, mind-bending world with floating skyscrapers, flying rickshaws run by robots, and a digital funicular rail that doesn't always take you exactly where you want to go.

Twelve-year-old Ahmad Mirza struggles to make friends at his new middle school, but when he's paired with his classmate Winnie for a project, he is determined to impress her and make his very first friend. At home while they're hard at work, a gift from big sister Farah-who is away at her first year in college-arrives. It's a high-tech game called The Battle of Blood and Iron, a cross between a video game and board game, complete with virtual reality goggles. He thinks his sister has solved his friend problem-all kids love games. He convinces Winnie to play, but as soon as they unbox the game, time freezes all over New York City.

With time standing still and people frozen, all of humankind is at stake as Ahmad and Winnie face off with the MasterMind and the Architect, hoping to beat them at their own game before the evil plotters expand Paheli and take over the entire world.
Imprint:   Miscellaneous
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   Reprint
Dimensions:   Height: 194mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   231g
ISBN:   9781534428737
ISBN 10:   1534428739
Series:   The Gauntlet
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 8 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Karuna Riazi is a born and raised New Yorker, with a loving, large extended family and the rather trying experience of being the eldest sibling in her particular clan. Besides pursuing a BA in English literature from Hofstra University, she is an online diversity advocate, blogger, and publishing intern. Karuna is fond of tea, baking new delectable treats for friends and family to relish, Korean dramas, and writing about tough girls forging their own paths toward their destinies. She is the author of The Gauntlet and The Battle.

Reviews for The Battle (The Gauntlet)

Fantasy featuring people of color is sorely needed, and while this adventurous sequel could be read on its own, it's recommended to buy both novels for kids who love action-packed science fiction. -- School Library Journal Riazi once again offers a fast-paced story in a changing game world with floating skyscrapers, flying cars, flavorful food and sweets, and a giant talking mouse... An exciting return. -- Kirkus Reviews

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