Fall 2019


  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

“An epic quest full of action and mystery. A big adventure with a big heart, Cardslinger is aces!”
—Michael Northrop, New York Times bestselling author of the TombQuest series

It’s 1881, and a newfangled card game called Mythic is sweeping the nation. Twelve-year-old Jason “Shuffle” Jones doesn’t like it. He and his father created the game for themselves, before his father went missing. Mythic should have disappeared with him. But when Shuffle discovers a clue in a pack of Mythic cards, he sets out on a quest to find his dad. Along the way he clashes with a devious card swindler, an epic twister, and the ruthless bounty hunter Six-Plum Skylla and her gang. As he gets closer to the truth, will he turn tail or push all-in to become a real hero?

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On pre-order until 08/06/2019
$17.99 $13.49
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$26.99 $20.99
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Fiction
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 360
Publication Date 2019-08-06
BISACS JUV001000, JUV022020, JUV042000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 650
Guided Reading Level Y
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed


Dan Gemeinhart

“Rowdy, rollicking, and riveting, Cardslinger is a fresh and original hold-on-to-your-hat adventure!”—Dan Gemeinhart, author of Scar Island and Some Kind of Courage

Michael Northrop

“A big adventure with a big heart, Cardslinger is aces!”—Michael Northrop, New York Times bestselling author of the TombQuest series

Brooks Benjamin

“A pair of savvy heroes, a whole heaping of unscrupulous villains, and a story chock-full of action, adventure, and lore make Cardslinger a must-read for anyone!”—Brooks Benjamin, author of My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights

Author: M. G. Velasco

M. G. Velasco's middle grade adventure stories feature clever kids facing perilous situations in unique settings, sometimes against llamas. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and worked at a pathology lab, which was not gross. Not gross at all. As a retired stay-at-home dad, he lives in North Texas with his wife and two kids and hoards strategy games. Cardslinger is his debut novel.