A dangerous quest, a lost treasure, and the card game that started it all.

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?


M. G. Velasco writes children's adventure stories about clever kids facing perilous situations (sometimes against llamas). He lives in Texas with his wife and two kids and hoards strategy games. Cardslinger is his debut novel.


Reader, I’m warning you now: this book is bursting at the seams with so much action-packed fun, you better saddle up, grab the reins, and hold on tight. 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!”

Rowdy, rollicking, and riveting, Cardslinger is a fresh and original hold-on-to-your-hat adventure!

The world’s great myths and legendary tales of the American West collide as Shuffle Jones embarks on an epic quest full of action and mystery. A big adventure with a big heart, Cardslinger is aces!

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