The Assassination Game

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The Assassination Game

By Alan Gratz

Simon Spotlight, Hardcover, 9781442420595, 305pp.

Publication Date: June 26, 2012

When a terrorist attack rocks Starfleet Academy, it's clear someone has a very serious and very deadly secret agenda.
The rules are simple: Draw a target. Track him down and kill him with a spork. Take your victim's target for your own. Oh, and make sure the player with "your" name doesn t get to you first. No safe zones. No time-outs. The game ends when only one player remains.
James T. Kirk is playing for fun. Leonard Bones McCoy is playing to get closer to a girl. But when a series of terrorist attacks rock the usually placid Starfleet Academy campus, it becomes clear that somebody is playing the game for real. Is it one of the visiting Varkolak, on Earth to attend an intergalactic medical conference? Or could it be a member of a super-secret society at the Academy dedicated to taking care of threats to the Federation, no matter what rules they have to break to do it? Find out in "The Assassination Game," the fourth installment in Spotlight's exciting series for teens.

About the Author
ALAN GRATZ was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. After graduating from the University of Tennessee, he began a succession of jobs newsletter writer, high school teacher, university lecturer, bookseller, radio commercial writer, advertising copy writer, middle school teacher, library shelver all the while working on various writing projects. In 2006, he published his first novel, "Samurai Shortstop", an ALA 2007 Top Ten Book for Young Adults. Alan s award-winning books include "The Brooklyn Nine", "Fantasy Baseball", "Starfleet Academy: The Assassination Game", "Prisoner B-3087", and "The League of Seven", the first in a series of alternate history middle grade fantasy novels. When he s not writing, he s usually reading other people s books or creating an awesome new costume for science fiction/fantasy conventions. He lives with his family in North Carolina.