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Children's Fiction Games

Wild Cards

by (author) Jeff Szpirglas

illustrated by Dave Whamond

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Feb 2017
Games, Friendship, School & Education
Recommended Age
6 to 8
Recommended Grade
1 to 3
Recommended Reading age
6 to 8
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    Publish Date
    Feb 2017
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Feb 2017
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Matt loves Monster Zap cards. No, no, Matt LOVES Monster Zap cards. He has Monster Zap toys, reads Monster Zap books and wears Monster Zap underwear. Matt and his friends like to trade the cards at school, as the schoolyard is so empty and dirty, there isn't much else for them to do at recess. But when kids start fighting over Monster Zap and the cards are banned, Matt realizes that the school has big problems, maybe even bigger problems than the fights the cards caused. With the help of their teacher, and a superhero in disguise, Matt and his classmates set out to save Monster Zap and end up doing a lot more than that.

About the authors



JEFF SZPIRGLAS is the author of multiple books in the Countdown to Danger series. In addition to his choose-your-own-path titles, Jeff has written award-nominated non-fiction books and several terrifying novels and horror collections for middle-grade readers, including Tales from the Fringes of Fear and Tales from Beyond the Brain. With his wife, Danielle Saint-Onge, he is the co-author of the Orca Echoes books X Marks the Spot!, Something's Fishy and Messy Miranda. He's worked at CTV Television and was an editor at Chirp, chickaDEE and Owl magazines. He has twin children, two cats (the cats are not twins) and one dog. In his spare time, he teaches elementary school. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario. Visit him online at


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DAVE WHAMOND a illustré la série Margot et My Think-a-ma-Jink, tous deux gagnants du prix Blue Spruce. Il a également signé les illustrations des livres de Robert Munsch Quelle tête!, C’est petit ici! et Je raffole de l’école!, et est l'auteur d'une bande dessinée intitulée Reality Check, qui paraît quotidiennement dans un certain nombre de journaux nord-américains. Dave habite à Calgary, en Alberta.


DAVE WHAMOND is the creator of Oddrey and My Think-a-ma-Jink, both winners of the Blue Spruce Award. He illustrated the Robert Munsch books Braids!, Think Big! and School Rules! He also has a syndicated cartoon strip called Reality Check, which appears daily in a number of North American newspapers. Dave lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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Editorial Reviews

"Wild Cards will be a great addition to any library—especially an elementary school library...A story that entertains as well as teaches children that, when they work together towards a common goal, they can achieve great things. Highly Recommended."

CM Magazine

"A fun slice-of-life school story for kids ready to move up to chapter books."

A Kids Book A Day blog

"Whamond's fast paced and energetic action of the students and staff illustrated with pen and ink adds a lot of energy into the scenes...Szpirglas cleverly shows us the struggle between kids, teachers and leading staff...What great lessons that the author has projected that instead of banning there are alternatives, even lessons to be learned. Putting minds together and listening can create a 'Super Power' result!"

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"A fine addition to a first chapter book collection. Young readers will be able to relate to these characters while reading at a level that promotes confidence."

School Library Journal

"A good choice for emergent readers who might like to promote improvements to their schools."

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