The game by Diana Wynne Jones
Release date: March 2007
Overview: Hayley was raised by her grandparents after her mom and dad were killed in a car accident. She had a rather joyless life until she is sent to live with cousins after “disgracing” her grandmother. Once in her new home, Hayley begins to have fun with her cousins and embraces their “Game” of scavenger hunts in the mythosphere (a place where myths are real). Through her romps in this otherworldly place, Hayley discovers her true identity and the whereabouts of those she holds most dear.
I generally enjoy mythology-based stories – there is something about the very humanness of the deities that always keeps my interest… Not so here. I did not invest myself in this story. I realize it’s a novella, but the storyline seemed sparse (and a little dull); I wasn’t sure who some of the characters were and had trouble following their relationships. The author did include a “Notes” section that detailed the characters, but it was placed at the end of the book – it would have been much more helpful had this been at the beginning.© Elizabeth Burns of A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy