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Alan Gibbons. Shadow of the Minotaur
Dolphin  $9.99   ISBN 1-85881-721-8  217 pg.
Reviewed by Hayley

Phoenix just moved from London, a busy city where there was always something to do. He hates his new life in the village of Brownleigh. He is being bullied at his new school. Plus, there is never anything to do until...

His dad's a computer geek and he's working on a new computer game, the Legendeer. When Phoenix plays the game, he can be a Greek hero. However, when the game starts to get weird, Phoenix feels that it is his destiny to make things right. His dad starts locking himself in the computer room, becoming obsessive about figuring out what is going on with the game, but when he disappears, Phoenix knows he must follow in order to save his dad, and himself, before it's too late.

'Real life' or the death-defying adventures of the Greeks myths, with their heroes and monsters, daring deeds and narrow escapes - which would you choose? The trouble is The Legendeer is more than just a game. Play it if you dare.

My review is based on a book called Shadow of the Minotaur. It is written by Alan Gibbons, and is the first book in the Legendeer trilogy. Shadow of the Minotaur is a soft cover book with 217 pages. It is suitable for upper intermediate readers, who like computer games, fantasy, and Greek mythology. Alan Gibbons has written tons of other books including Vampyr Legion and Warrior of the Ravens, the other two books in the Legendeer trilogy.

I loved Shadow of the Minotaur and can't wait to read the next two in the trilogy, and more of Gibbons' books. It won the Blue Peter Book Award in the 'Book I Couldn't Put Down' Category. I rate this book 5 stars.

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