The Game Weavers by Rebecca Zahabi

Recommended by Sui Annukka (@suiannukka)

Form and genre: novel, fantasy, magical realism

Length: 325 pages

Summary: From the book cover: ‘Seo Kuroaku has it all. Adopted as a boy by the formidable Sir Neil, he’s the youth champion of Twine, the high-pressure national sport. Played in arenas where thousands come to watch, weavers craft creatures from their fingertips to wage battle against fearsome opponents. But this is a Britain of much darker times – and Seo is harbouring a secret. When he is outed, Twine can’t help him. With the help of his little brother Minjun and Jack, the man he can’t decide if he loves or not, Seo has to find a way to get his life back on track, whilst facing the biggest match of his life.

Age recommendation and challenging content: Would recommend for Y9.

Notable reasons for recommending this book: Beautifully written – clear prose. Positive POC and LGBT+ representation. Appeals to gamers

Other useful information: The author is French Iranian.