The Game (Firebird) – Diana Wynne Jones

the game

Sent from her grandparents’ London home in disgrace, Hayley arrives in Ireland to stay with her aunts and cousins in their rambling castle home. The girl takes to her new life almost immediately, especially the thrilling game her cousins play, in which they venture into the mythosphere—a mysterious realm where they perform various tasks drawn from the worlds of fairytale, myth and legend. In the course of her own quests, Hayley discovers the truth about her own unearthly nature. She gets the chance to rescue her long-lost parents from dreadful fates, to which they’ve been condemned by domineering Uncle Jolyon, a power-hungry god thinly disguised as an unpleasant business man.

If you like the mythology in the Percy Jackson series or books like The Sea of Trolls, you’ll like this book.  It’s short, but chock full of references to many different mythological characters.  The truth about who Hayley really is becomes a great surprise in itself.   – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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