by James Sulzer
This middle-grade adventure novel by Nantucket author James Sulzer will rivet young readers with its vibrant blend of science fiction and the challenges of coming of age in a diverse world.
Paul Kapadia's father, a genius scientist from India, is doing cutting-edge research at MIT into nanotechnology when he suddenly disappears. Then strange things begin to further disrupt Paul's life. Paul's mother is the victim of a hit-and-run accident; one of Dr. Kapadia's colleagues shows up too often at the house; and Paul notices that a deck of cards he and his father used to play with is moving around on its own. Soon the card people present themselves to Paul and plead for help in their battle for survival against the brutal scissors people. With the help of his younger brother Sam and an old friend Nim, Paul begins to unravel the world-shaking secret behind the card people's existence. Finally understanding his father's desperate efforts to preserve a potentially dangerous technology for peaceful use, Paul resolves to pursue the quest his father has left unfinished.
The Card People charts a journey into the unknown, deciphering mysterious acronyms and anonymous e-mails and dramatizing the possibilities of nanotechnology with exciting clarity. It is accompanied by an extensive Reader's Guide and Study Guide, which open topics from "new life forms" to "people who are seen as different."
This is the first volume of a trilogy.