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The Hand You're Dealt

Huck Porter’s dad was the best poker player in town, and when he dies suddenly, Huck finds that nothing makes sense anymore—except for the game Texas Hold ’em. Huck’s dad was the town champion for three years running, but now that title belongs to Mr. Abbott, Huck’s deplorable math teacher who ridicules his students and dreams of hitting it big in Las Vegas. Huck plans to reclaim his father’s title at the annual local poker tournament—even if it means lying to everyone he knows and loves. As his lies build and the stakes get higher, will Huck even recognize himself by the end?

Paul Volponi is a writer, journalist, and teacher living in New York City. From 1992 to 1998, he taught incarcerated adolescents on Rikers Island to read and write, forming the basis of his first young adult novel, Black and White, winner of the 2006 IRA Young Adult Book Award, an ALA Best Book Young Adult, and Quick Pick Award winner. His other young adult novels include, Rooftop (also a BBYA and Quick Pick winner), and Rucker Park Setup. Mr. Volponi holds an MA in American Literature from the City College of New York and a BA in English from Baruch.   You can visit him online at www.paulvolponibooks.com.

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