The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

The Game of Love and Death

byMartha Brockenbrough

Kobo ebook | April 28, 2015

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Not since THE BOOK THIEF has the character of Death played such an original and affecting part in a book for young people. Flora and Henry were born a few blocks from each other, innocent of the forces that might keep a white boy and an African American girl apart; years later they meet again and their mutual love of music sparks an even more powerful connection. But what Flora and Henry don't know is that they are pawns in a game played by the eternal adversaries Love and Death, here brilliantly reimagined as two extremely sympathetic and fascinating characters. Can their hearts and their wills overcome not only their earthly circumstances, but forces that have battled throughout history? In the rainy Seattle of the 1920's, romance blooms among the jazz clubs, the mansions of the wealthy, and the shanty towns of the poor. But what is more powerful: love? Or death?

MARTHA BROCKENBROUGH has worked as a newspaper reporter, a high school teacher, and as editor of, and is the author of Devine Intervention and The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy. She is a devoted grammarian, and founded National Grammar Day and the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG). Martha is also the social media diva fo...
Title:The Game of Love and DeathFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 28, 2015Publisher:Scholastic Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545668352

ISBN - 13:9780545668354


Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful This book was exceptionally written and so beautiful. The characters were all so complex and had flaws that made me love them even more. It gave me insight into thing I hadn't thought of before. Very good.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a wonderful romance Alternates point of views between the two lovers while Love and Death are playing their game.. This is how it all starts. They choose their players and by cheating or influencing the people in their players lives do they get to win. Which one will win and which one will lose? Here we have Love and Death as people who shapeshift into others and by doing so they influence this game they play to win. While Love is good and ultimately wants everyone to be happy, he is a worthy opponent. Death on the other hand is cunning and deceitful. I loved how creative this book was and not only did it have a wonderful storyline, it had such flawed characters. Both of the main characters aren't perfect and you see how their lives were shaped by Love and Death from the very beginning. I loved seeing the slow decline as I kept reading on. Poor Flora just wants to be a pilot but she's African American and also a woman. I love how determined she is to be someone, to be one of the first, and how her love for flying got her through her life. Henry is a sweet boy, who is ultimately trying to be a good person even though he isn't perfect. He's loyal and kind and I admire him for not letting anyone get in the way. It was so hard just having them perform together that if they ended up being a couple in public health would prove to be dangerous to their livelihoods. Even Ethan was a great side character, and he was battling with his feelings for his very own self. It felt so raw and real that I wanted to finish the book as soon as I could. One underrated love story between a Caucasian and an African American set in a time where it was dangerous to fall in love, The Game of Love and Death will have you rooting for both sides of the chessboard. Pick it up if you're looking for a unique historical romance with a little bit of magic thrown in.
Date published: 2015-11-27

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Game of Love and Death: “Love and Death are on the scene in human guises, manipulating people and events, and the book is really a tale of two couples: Henry and Flora, as well as the ultimate opposites-attract pair, Love and Death. Brock- enbrough (Devine Intervention) never sugarcoats the obstacles facing Henry and Flora’s love—whether human prejudices or supernatural manipulations—in this inventive and affecting novel, and the ending in which Flora, who has seen too many people die, realizes how love and death intertwine, is beautiful.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review“Brockenbrough's precise, luscious prose cuts back and forth among the four protagonists, according each character equal depth...The contrast between the youthful excitement of ardent Henry and pragmatic Flora and the ageless, apparent ennui of the immortals gains nuance as readers come to understand that Love and Death are not without their own complicated feelings.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review"...filled with breathtaking prose and nuanced characterizations." —Booklist starred review* "Romance fans will find plenty to swoon over here, while aspiring philosophers will find just as much to ponder." —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review