DON’T WE ALL harbor the secret wish that we won’t have to work for it? That luck—be it a spin of the wheel, a hop of the dice, the right card at the right moment—might just choose to favor us, whether we deserve it or not? That universal desire, along with many others, is played out in the lives of three teens who hope to beat the house, and control their futures. Come meet:
• Sanjay, who wants to be much more than the dutiful, hardworking immigrant’s son • Kat, who wants enough cash to run as far as she can, from her past and who she’s afraid she might become • Jerrica, who thinks she can foresee the cards, and maybe make them be what she needs them to be.
Each is irresistibly drawn to gambling’s alluring flirt, and to entanglements with each other, and within themselves. Themes of obsession and other risky business fuel the pages of this fast-moving, provocative tale.
LISA PAPADEMETRIOU started working in children’s publishing as an intern at The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide, while still a junior at Vassar College. Upon graduation, she moved to Guatemala City and taught high school English in… More about Lisa Papademetriou
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Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers Nov 11, 2008| 312 Pages| Young Adult| ISBN 9780375891373