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October ushers in great books with holiday themes!

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You never get a second chance at a first kiss…


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Fake Homecoming. Fake Boyfriend. Real feels.


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She's come to Captivity to go wild…


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A terrific, twisting romantic thriller that will keep you guessing.


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Tis the season … for unexpected love.


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Blessings, Georgia series, where the glow of a small-town Christmas and excitement of a winter love story will warm your heart!


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Secrets are every where

Playing the Cards You're Dealt
Varian Johnson

Scholastic Press
October 2021
On Sale: October 5, 2021
320 pages
ISBN: 1338348531
EAN: 9781338348538
Kindle: B08WHW8TQG
Hardcover / e-Book
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Young Adult | Fiction Family Life

With a deft hand, Johnson shows us there's no such thing as "too young" when it comes to questioning big ideas like manhood, or even family.” –Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of Look Both Ways and Stamped

 

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 who 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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