Branford Boase Award winner 2009.
Michael and his friend Francis share a secret passion for Evgard, the fantasy world they have created together. But then Michael finds a note in his locker, revealing that their secret is out. He immediately suspects Francis, and tries to get revenge by telling the school bully – known affectionately as Shitley – that Francis is gay, which guarantees Francis is in for a pounding. But did Francis really betray his friend? Or is Michael really the traitor?
This gripping account of a troubled friendship unfolds both as a contemporary story and as a compelling glimpse into the world of Evgard. The Traitor Game tackles difficult issues without hesitation and will surely draw in gamer and fantasy fans as well as contemporary fiction readers.
B.R. Collins is a graduate, based in Kent. She has won the Young National Poetry competition two years running and has had two plays produced (one of which, a free adaptation of Trojan Women, was performed to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe). She trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has recently finished filming on a small independent film. She has also completed an Arvon writing course where she was taught by Malorie Blackman and Linda Newbery. The Traitor Game is her first novel.