Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Takahashi, Kazuki.
San Francisco : Shonen Jump Graphic Novel/Viz, 2003.
ISBN 1569319030
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Yu-gi is a sophomore in a Japanese high school who often gets picked on by bullies.  His favorite hobby is playing games.  Recently he solved this ancient handheld puzzle from Egypt.  What he doesnít realize is that whoever solves this puzzle gets possessed by a powerful spirit who loves to gamble and hates those who trespass on othersí souls.   So now whenever Yu-Gi or any of his friends get pushed around, Yu-Gi becomes brave, clever and strong and challenges the bully to a shadow game.  In a shadow game a personís weakness makes them lose.  For example, in one situation a tormentor demands that Yu-Gi give him 200,00 yen.  Yu-Gi surprises the guy by saying that heíll give him 400,000 yen if the guy plays him a shadow game for it.  In this shadow game players take turns stacking all the money on one hand and stabbing at it with a knife.  Each player gets to keep any money that stays on the knife.  The point is to control your greed.  To make things more interesting, thereís also a twist in each shadow game in that breaking the rules results in a penalty.  In this game the bully got frustrated and greedy and tries to stab Yu-Gi.  His punishment is that he then thinks that tree leaves are money.  (Davinna Artibey, Center for International Studies, Denver Public Schools, CO)
SUBJECTS:     Games -- Fiction.
                        Teenagers -- Fiction.
                        Ghosts -- Fiction.
                        Cartoons and comics.
                        Graphic novels.
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