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The Game of Triumphs

By: Laura Powell

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When a man asks 15-year-old Cat for help, she’s too focused on getting to the London flat she shares with her aunt, Bel, to help.  Now the man is dead and Cat feels responsible—but the mysterious playing card she finds as the desperate man had stumbled off might help her make amends. Soon, Cat finds the card is a ticket into a fabulous party, where the guests play the ultimate card game–The Game of Triumphs--an ancient Tarot-like game, where your hand can deal you power or death. Caught in the whirlwind of this alternate world, Cat is forced to play not only to survive the present, but to discover a secret from her past. Her only hope is that The Game of Triumph deals her a lucky hand.

Prepared by Julie Fales, Shawnee Mission South High School Journalism Adviser, Overland Park, KS