The Game

The Game

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780142407189
  • 192 Pages
  • Firebird
  • 12 and up


A delightfully sharp novella by the legendary Diana Wynne Jones.

Hayley’s parents disappeared when she was a baby. Since then, she has been raised and homeschooled by her grandparents. Grandad is overworked and travels a lot; Grandma is much too strict and never lets her meet any children her own age. When Hayley does something wrong—she is not quite sure what—they pack her off to her aunts in Ireland. To Hayley’s shock, her family is much bigger than she thought; to her delight, the children all play what they call “the game,” where they visit a place called “the mythosphere.” And while she plays the game, Hayley learns more about her own place in the world than she had ever expected. This original novella by Diana Wynne Jones is sharply funny, fast-paced, and surprising until its very end—like all of this acclaimed author’s work.


“Wynne Jones, the author of the Chrestomanci series and Howl’s Moving Castle, is an expert at mixing fast-paced action with thought-provoking situations.”—The New York Times

“The strength of this story is the finesse with which it draws readers into a realistic story that gradually becomes more and more fantastic. Though teachers may find this short novel of interest for its references to Greek and Roman mythology, its main audience will be Jones’ enthusiastic fans.”—Booklist

“A sparkling treat.”—Publishers Weekly

“As always, Jones’s writing is crisp, clear, clever, and laced with plenty of humor.”—VOYA

“Jones’s prose sparkles.”—Kirkus Reviews 

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