Playing for Keeps

Playing for Keeps

by Joan Lowery Nixon


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Rosie can’t believe her good luck. Her grandmother, Glory, needs a last-minute roommate for a cruise to the Caribbean. But Glory doesn’t really need a companion–she’s eager for Rosie to meet her friend’s grandson, Neil, a brainy guy full of facts about baseball. Once Rosie is aboard the ship, though, someone else catches her eye–a boy her own age, who introduces himself as Ricky Diago. But after the ship sails, Rosie only sees Ricky’s uncle, Mr. Diago. What’s even stranger is that Neil could swear that Mr. Diago is actually a famous Cuban baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds. Then after a day’s excursion, Rosie is approached by another boy who claims he’s Ricky Diago. She’s certain he’s not the person she met before. Suddenly Rosie finds herself caught in a high-stakes adventure of international intrigue with life-or-death consequences. Who is the real Ricky Diago? And how far is Rosie willing to go to help him?

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ISBN-13: 9780385327596
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/14/2001
Pages: 197
Product dimensions: 5.68(w) x 8.64(h) x 0.77(d)
Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Joan Lowery Nixon (1927—2003) was an American journalist and author, specializing in historical fiction and mystery books for children and young adults. Some of her popular books include The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore, the Orphan Train Adventures series, and The Other Side of Dark, the last of which was adapted into a television movie entitled Awake to Danger (1995). Nixon won four Edgar Allan Poe Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, and had five additional nominations. She died in 2003 of pancreatic cancer.

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Playing for Keeps 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Jim53 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Picked this up as part of collecting mysteries that use bridge, but it doesn't. Sixteen-year-old Rose is invited by her grandmother to join her on a cruise on which grandma is playing bridge. While grandma tries to fix Rose up with fellow teen Neil, she also meets Ricky, who is trying to get to the US from Cuba to seek asylum. Ricky is accused of murdering the man who helped him get from Cuba to Haiti. Rose feels she has to get involved and find a way to help Ricky.A lightweight mystery with a decent portrayal of teen angst and conflicting feelings. The writing is competent and the [plot moves along quickly.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Sixteen year old Rosie is going on a cruise with her grandmother. On the cruise she is facing life-or-death.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Playing for Keeps was a great book. It was very interesting and kept my attention the entire time. I would definetely recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Playing for Keeps is one of my favorite Joan Lowry Nixon Books. You never want to put it down. She is such a spectacular writer
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really good.Joan lowery nixon was such a great writer.This was the second one of hers i read,now i'm on my sixth and they all have been really good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was amazingly thrilling. it is good for a rainy day.