Aces Up

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Random House Children's Books, Aug 10, 2010 - Young Adult Fiction - 288 pages
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Seventeen-year-old high school senior Shannon Card needs money. And lots of it. She's been admitted to Wellesley, but her dad just lost his job, and somehow she has to come up with a year of tuition herself. But Shannon's dream of making big bucks waitressing at the local casino, the Collosio, disappears faster than a gambler's lucky streak. Her boss is a tyrant, her coworker is nuts, and her chances of balancing a tray full of drinks while wearing high-heeled shoes are slim to none. Worse, time is running out, and Shannon hasn't made even half the money she'd hoped.
 
When Shannon receives a mysterious invitation to join Aces Up, a secret network of highly talented college poker players, at first she thinks No way. She has enough to worry about: keeping her job, winning the coveted math scholarship at school, and tutoring her secret crush, Max. But when Shannon musters up the nerve to kiss Max and he doesn't react at all, the allure of Aces Up and its sexy eighteen-year-old leader, Cole, is suddenly too powerful to ignore.
 
Soon Shannon's caught up in a web of lies and deceit that makes worrying about tuition money or a high school crush seem like kid stuff. Still, when the money's this good, is the fear of getting caught reason enough to fold?
 
This fun, sexy, recession-proof story is a bubbly summer read with surprising depth—great for fans of Sarah Mlynowski.
 


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User Review  - Bookswithbite - LibraryThing

This story totally reminds of the movie 21. It follow the similar line except without the whole teamwork aspect. Plot: This is about a girl who is taking matters into her own hands. Young and smart ... Read full review

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ACES UP was my introduction to Lauren Barnholdt and her writing, and I must say, it was a great first impression. Despite the fact that I know nearly nothing about poker and the colorful world of ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
18
Section 3
28
Section 4
56
Section 5
65
Section 6
89
Section 7
123
Section 8
145
Section 10
165
Section 11
186
Section 12
205
Section 13
213
Section 14
235
Section 15
247
Section 16
257
Copyright

Section 9
153

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About the author (2010)

Lauren Barnholdt is the author of many books for teens and tweens, including Two-Way Street and The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney. She lives in Boston with her husband. Visit her Web site at www.laurenbarnholdt.com and say hello.


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