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Varian Johnson releases new MG novel

Cover of Varian Johnson's 'Playing the Cards You're Dealt,' featuring a Black boy in a red hoodie and jeans jacket deftly handling a pack of cards while standing on the street against a blue sky. Also features a blurb by Jason Reynolds.Close-up author photo of smiling Varian JohnsonCongratulations to Austin SCBWI member Varian Johnson on the publication of his newest middle-grade novel, Playing the Cards You’re Dealt!  It launched on Oct. 5th from Scholastic.

The story features ten-year-old Ant Joplin, who is excited to prove himself at the spades tournament that his father and all the Joplin men before him have won—only he can’t tell his father that his new spades partner is a girl. And it turns out his father is keeping an even bigger secret from him.

Playing the Cards You’re Dealt has been widely praised.  Blurbed by Christopher Paul Curtis and Jason Reynolds, it has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus.