Graley, Sarah. Glitch. Graphix, 2019. $14.99. ISBN 9781338174519. 187 pages. Ages 8-12. P8 Q8
Izzy and Eric are excited for the new video game Dungeon City to come out. They have a weekend of gaming all planned. When Izzy gets home from school, she finds a package with her game in it. Izzy is torn between wanting to play the game and keeping her promise to Eric. Surely it won’t hurt to play just a little bit of the game. The adventure that ensues is much more than what Izzy had anticipated. The pages where Izzy is in the game have black borders around them, making it easier for the reader to tell the present from the video game apart. This graphic novel is LGBTQ inclusive. Eric, Izzy’s friend, uses she/her pronouns and the robot, Rae, uses they/them pronouns. The graphic novel accurately portrays how video games have a tendency to take the place of friendships.
Verdict: Readers will relate to Izzy and how enticing video games are. Twists and turns will keep readers engaged. I work as a media specialist and I had a few students preview the book. All the students thought it looked engaging and I have a list of students waiting to check it out.
September 2019 review by Tami Harris.