Playing the Cards You’re Dealt
by Varian Johnson

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    List Price: $16.99
    Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    Target Age Group: Middle Grade
    ISBN13: 9781338348538
    Imprint: Scholastic Press
    Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
    Parent Company: Scholastic Inc.
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    Book Description:

    Literary powerhouse and Coretta Scott King Honor- and Boston Globe / Horn Book Honor-winning author of The Parker Inheritence Varian Johnson explores themes of toxic masculinity and family legacy in this heartfelt, hopeful story of one boy discovering what it really means to be a man.

    SECRETS ARE ALWAYS A GAMBLE

    Ten-year-old Anthony Joplin has made it to double digits! Which means he’s finally old enough to play in the spades tournament every Joplin Man before him seems to have won. So while Ant’s friends are stressing about fifth grade homework and girls, Ant only has one thing on his mind: how he’ll measure up to his father’s expectations at the card table.

    Then Ant’s best friend gets grounded, and he’s forced to find another spades partner. And Shirley, the new girl in his class, isn’t exactly what he has in mind. She talks a whole lot of trash — way more than his old partner. Plus, he’s not sure that his father wants him playing with a girl. But she’s smart and tough and pretty, and knows every card trick in the book. So Ant decides to join forces with Shirley — and keep his plans a secret.

    Only it turns out secrets are another Joplin Man tradition. And his father is hiding one so big it may tear their family apart…



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