The Leveller 
by Julia Durango Lexile: 840 | Science Fiction
About the Author:
  • Julia Durango lives in Ottawa, Illinois with her two sons. She is a former school librarian.
  • She first fell in love with video games when she bought a Nintendo 64 for her son. 
  • Julia Durango also writes under the pen name J.D. Vaughn, which she shares with her friend and writing partner, Tracie Vaughn Zimmer. Together they wrote The Second Guard and The Shadow Guard books. 
  • When she was a kid, Julia's family moved often and she attended seven different schools in five different states from California to Rhode Island. She never minded moving, because she was a very close to her sister, Sherry, who is about one year older than her. 

About the Book:

  • Awards/Recognition
    • “A spicy romance set in an intriguing virtual world... even non-gamers will likely find plenty to appreciate.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)
    • “First-time YA novelist Durango has a winner here, especially since the technological world building is as engrossing as the novel’s game system. Readers will be pulled in and race to the adventurous finish along with Nixy and friends.” (Booklist)

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First Place Submission
Liberty Middle School

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