The Card People trilogy of middle-grade adventure novels by Nantucket author James Sulzer rivets young readers with its vibrant blend of science fiction and the challenges of coming of age in a diverse world.
In Part 1 of The Card People trilogy, The Scissors of Fate, Samir Kapadia, a computer genius originally from India, disappears from MIT. Soon after, Samir’s son Paul finds a deck of cards that can move and speak, thanks to Samir’s astounding creation, a life-giving nanodust. But nanodust in the wrong hands can be used to kill. With the help of the resourceful card people, Paul and his younger brother Sam discover that someone is after the nanodust in order to create weapons of mass destruction.
Part 2 reveals Paul’s plan: he will locate his father’s stash of nanodust, which will enable him to trade bodies with one of the card people. Downsized, he will be better able to obstruct a deadly plan to nanimate a nuclear submarine. But can Paul and the Jack of Hearts disable the submarine before it can launch a deadly attack on the United States?