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Wild Cards
By author: Jeff Szpirglas   Illustrated by: Dave Whamond
Selling Points: censorship, leadership, positive changer, teamwork, card games, problem solver, facing adversity
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Feb/14/2017
Pages: 88
Fiction Ages 7-9
Price:  $6.95
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Matt loves Monster Zap cards. No, no, Matt LOVES Monster Zap cards. He has Monster Zap toys, reads Monster Zap books and wears Monster Zap underwear. Matt and his friends like to trade the cards at school, as the schoolyard is so empty and dirty, there isn't much else for them to do at recess. But when kids start fighting over Monster Zap and the cards are banned, Matt realizes that the school has big problems, maybe even bigger problems than the fights the cards caused. With the help of their teacher, and a superhero in disguise, Matt and his classmates set out to save Monster Zap and end up doing a lot more than that.
A Kids Book A Day blog - April 25, 2017
"A fun slice-of-life school story for kids ready to move up to chapter books."
Resource Links - February 15, 2017
"Whamond's fast paced and energetic action of the students and staff illustrated with pen and ink adds a lot of energy into the scenes...Szpirglas cleverly shows us the struggle between kids, teachers and leading staff...What great lessons that the author has projected that instead of banning there are alternatives, even lessons to be learned. Putting minds together and listening can create a 'Super Power' result!"
CM Magazine - February 10, 2017
"Wild Cards will be a great addition to any library—especially an elementary school library...A story that entertains as well as teaches children that, when they work together towards a common goal, they can achieve great things. Highly Recommended."
School Library Journal - February 1, 2017
"A fine addition to a first chapter book collection. Young readers will be able to relate to these characters while reading at a level that promotes confidence."
Kirkus Reviews - December 6, 2016
"A good choice for emergent readers who might like to promote improvements to their schools."

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