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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 152
Themes: twins, gambling, addiction, crime, teen romance
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 14/Jul/2020
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The odds have never been higher for Essie now that her twin sister's life is on the line.

Ester "Essie" Tomasi is a genius. She got an early entrance scholarship to university and at eighteen years old is already in her second year of pre-med. But Essie also struggles with a dark secret: she has a serious gambling problem. She is falling deeper and deeper into debt, struggling to keep up with her heavy course load and unable to make even the simplest of decisions without flipping a coin.But when Essie makes a bet that she can’t cover, it’s her identical twin sister, Aggie, who comes to the rescue, making a dangerous deal with the gangsters holding Essie’s latest bet. Essie must find her way out of this mess or risk losing everything she’s ever cared about.

Kirkus Reviews
“The story moves along at a thrilling clip, sure to maintain readers' attention. A royal flush of a read for reluctant readers.”
School Library Journal
“These engaging, fast-paced books...depict difficult topics with sensitivity.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Both believable and chilling…The story line, engaging characters, the tension and high stakes, will absorb both boys and girls of all reading abilities. Highly Recommended.”


CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens  | 2021 | Commended