cover image HEIR APPARENT


Vivian Vande Velde, . . Harcourt/Magic Carpet, $6.95 (315pp) ISBN 978-0-15-205125-9

When Giannine arrives at a virtual arcade, she is greeted by protestors but decides to play in Heir Apparent anyway. But then the arcade's CEO appears in her game and tells her the only way out is to successfully complete it—and quickly, or risk "fatal overload." PW called this a "consistently entertaining fantasy... ingeniously developed." Ages 10-up. (June)