The Game of Love and Death

by Martha Brockenbrough

Scholastic Inc.
September 2016

Ages 16 – 18 . Grades 11 – 12

Library of Congress: 2014033339

Lexile measure: 710L


Guided Reading: Z+

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

Martha Brockenbrough is the acclaimed author of two books for adults and 10 books for young readers, including Unpresidented; The Game of Love and Death; Love, Santa; The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy; Devine Intervention; and Cheerful Chick. Martha teaches in the master's program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, their two daughters, and their wonderful old dog. Visit her online at


  • "The Game of Love and Death is a unique love story, and yet, it is also the love story of all humans through time. Martha Brockenbrough is a compassionate observer of many worlds -- airfields, jazz clubs, baseball diamonds, newspapers, and Hoovervilles to name a few -- and the beautiful, doomed human types that dwell in them. This is an exceptional novel." -- Gabrielle Zevin, author of Elsewhere and Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

    "Strikingly original, richly atmospheric, and impossible to put down, I read this book with my heart in my throat, desperately rooting for Henry and Flora's fated true love over those master manipulators, Love and Death." -- Judy Blundell, author of National Book Award winner What I Saw and How I Lied

    "Smart, haunting, and entrancingly magical, Martha Brockenbrough's The Game of Love and Death is anything but a simple game. In this sweeping and fabulous tale, Brockenbrough creates a vivid world wherein Love and Death come to life with an intent and force of character that is truly unforgettable." -- Ruth Ozeki, bestselling author of A Tale for the Time Being

    "Marvelously original, engrossing, and deeply humane. It's the kind of book you never forget." -- Nancy Werlin, New York Times bestselling author of Impossible

    "The Game of Love and Death is an exquisitely nuanced novel that plunges readers into an inescapable ache of forbidden longing. Before you enter this game, be forewarned. Martha Brockenbrough has brilliantly crafted a contest that punctures our perceptions, and forces us to question the rules of evil and benevolence. A beautifully rendered achievement." -- Andrea Davis Pinkney, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Pencil

    "The Game of Love and Death weaves a complex tapestry of love and longing, destiny and hope. Daringly conceived and brilliantly executed, it is not only an intimately human story, but one that encompasses the very nature of love and death. Rich, wise, and deeply satisfying -- the story will linger in your heart long after you've turned the final page." -- Robin LaFevers, New York Times bestselling author of Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph