On a LARP by Stefani Deoul


Sid Rubin and her unlikely posse are chasing a dark-web killer through the middle of a live action role playing game, better known as a LARP. Join the gang, as they work to unravel the mystery while simultaneously enduring endless Ted Talks, teenage heartbreak, suspicious parents, quirky costumes, and the irresistible lure of the NYC Public Library.


Question: Do any of you know the truly scary part about being seventeen?

Answer: Your brain doesn’t actually know, understand or care what it can’t do; and, while this sounds great in theory, in my particular case, my under-developed brain apparently didn’t know I couldn’t fly.

So I jumped . . .
And I plummeted . . .

And I promise you, if I somehow manage to survive this act of immature-brain-encased-in-unbelievable-stupidity, I will gladly tell you exactly how I got here.

And here, for the record, would be chasing a dark-web killer through the middle of a live action role-playing game, better known as a LARP.

Join brainiac Sid Rubin and her plucky pals, Jimmy, Imani, Vikram, and Ari as they join forces with Detective Robert “Tsarno the Barno” Tsarnowsky and his partner, Detective “Goddess” Emma Macdonald, and become embroiled in a virtual world of clues that will lead them to a very real, very deadly, very steampunk world of murder and mayhem.

On a LARP, A Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventure, Book One

Awards and Honors for On a LARP

  • Awarded Independent Publisher’s (IPPY) Bronze Medal, Multicultural Fiction – Juvenile/Young Adult, 2018
  • Delaware Press Association Young Adult Book of the Year, 2018

What the Critics are Saying

“Absolutely loved this, it stays in the mind, resonates in the heart and makes you smile at the memory. If this doesn’t win awards I will eat my top hat.”A fast-paced whirlwind ride that dives into the fascinating world of Live Action Role Playing. Sid Rubin is one of those brilliant and smart heroines you would happily follow even to the darkest parts of the Web . . . Deoul has brought an incredibly fun and fresh voice to the YA genre.”—Ileen Maisell, Executive Producer, The Golden Compass

“Twists and turns abound in Stefani Deoul’s fast paced fun new book.  With a clever and sharp heroine, find a comfy chair . . . You will be there awhile reading this terrific series debut.”—— Lee Rose, WGA Nominee, The Truth About Jane; Humanitas Prize Finalist, A Mother’s Prayer

“It’s all very high concept, this stream-of-consciousness monologue that takes place in a split second as our young protagonist falls to her certain death. And yet, it not only works, it works magnificently—mostly because Deoul has taken complete control of her young heroine’s voice. Sid is the smartest seventeen-year old you’ve never met, at once funny and brilliant, forthright and insecure, too-good-to-be-true and utterly real. Once you have met her, you won’t forget her soon.”—Eric Peterson, columnist, NBC OUT

“I felt as if I’d been grabbed by the scruff of the neck and lifted from the ordinary world into a parallel reality fueled by fast action, cracked neurons, and foul play. Accomplished author Stefani Deoul introduces Sid Rubin, a smartass—and actually super smart—high school kid with a strong conscience and a knack for solving problems. Of course, problems aren’t hard to come by in Sid’s life, especially dangerous ones. Sharp readers will appreciate this steampunk’d, high-tech’d tale.”—Elizabeth Sims, author of the Lambda and Goldie Award-winning Lillian Byrd Crime Novels

“Absolutely loved this, it stays in the mind, resonates in the heart and makes you smile at the memory. If this doesn’t win awards I will eat my top hat.”—Velvet Lounger, The Lesbian Reading Room

“If you want a fast, smart, fun read, definitely pick up On a LARP.”—Tara Scott, The Lesbian Review

“An exciting mystery adventure for reluctant readers and a great selection for teens who enjoy contemporary fiction.”—Rebecca Greer, Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative

“Writer Stefani Deoul gives us a novel filled with adventure, passion, self-doubt and young love, and it is a terrific read.”—Amos Lassen, Amos Lassen Reviews

STEFANI DEOUL has produced TV series such as The Dead Zone, Brave New Girl, and Haven, and was also the executive in charge of production for the series Dresden Files and Missing. Her debut novel, The Carousel was a finalist for the Foreword Reviews Independent Publishing Award in Gay and Lesbian Fiction. It won the National Federation of Press Women Book of the Year in GLBT fiction, the 2011 Book of the Year from the Delaware Press Association, and a Regional Award in Fiction from the Independent Publishers Association.

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