The book starts with the main character (a boy) living, I think it's like a foster home or boarding school. He doesn't have much money, however he manages to get ahold of a video game. This video game has a competition running, where the 5 lucky winners get to trial the new game!
The main character wins the competition with 4 others, and it turns out that the video game has developed into a universe of its own! The game's creator has a daughter who is very sick and dying. To save the little girl, the 5 kids must go into the game and find a vial to make her better.
This was the plot for the FIRST book.
Also in the books:
There was like a bit where the kids wanted to buy a map, and they couldn't figure out WHY the USED maps were more expensive than the new... then they realized that because on the game, a used map means its discovered more of the area.
One of the children (a girl) takes the potion for looking beautiful
Later in the OTHER BOOKS you find out the main character is like a Prince, and he is FROM the video game world
- There are I think 5-7 books in the series?
- The first book, has an olive green cover.
- They're a young adults/ children's book.
I read the books about 8 years ago. Publishing date I can't be sure... Though it can't be more than 15 years old.
It was published in English. I read it in Australia, however I'm pretty sure it wasn't an Australian author.