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By Lisa Papademetriou

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375842443, 169pp.

Publication Date: November 11, 2008

Description
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.


About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Papademetriou is the author of Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar and Homeroom Diaries (both with James Patterson), the Confectionately Yours series, and many other novels for middle grade readers. Her books have appeared on the Bank Street Best Books of the Year list, the NYPL Books for the Teen Age, the Texas Lone Star Reading List, among others. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.