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The cardturner : a novel about a king, a queen, and a joker
Louis Sachar
Teen Fiction SACHAR

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From Publishers' Weekly:

"I realize that reading about a bridge game isn't exactly thrilling," 17-year-old narrator Alton tells readers early on. Luckily, this funny and thoughtful novel is as much about building bridges-between generations and maybe even between life and death-as it is about playing cards. Alton gets roped into serving as a card turner for his great-uncle, Lester Trapp, a bridge whiz who recently lost his eyesight (Alton's job is to read Trapp's cards for him). Though Alton barely knows Trapp, his opportunistic mother won't miss a chance for Alton to get in good with his "favorite uncle," who's wealthy and in poor health. To Alton's surprise, he becomes enamored of the game and begins to bond with his crusty uncle-who shares insight into synchronicity and the connection between reality and perception. With dry, understated humor, Alton makes the intricacies of bridge accessible, while his relationships with and observations about family members and friends (including an ex-girlfriend, a manipulative best friend, and especially Trapp's former card turner) form a portrait of a reflective teenager whose life is infinitely enriched by connections he never expected to make. Ages 12-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

The only thing Alton Richards knows about his great-uncle Lester is that he is very old, very rich, and very sick. Uncle Lester's diabetes has robbed him of his sight, and Alton has been offered a summer job by his enterprising parents as Uncle Lester's cardturner at bridge. In that capacity, Alton learns a little about the game, more about his family, and a lot about his uncle, one of the best bridge players in the country, if not the world. Joining Alton and Uncle Lester at the bridge table is Toni Castenada, a young lady Alton once found strange and now finds strangely attractive. Why It Is for Us: Before the story begins, Sachar warns the reader that to the uninitiated, bridge players may seem like they come from another planet. His enthusiasm for the game knows no restraint. Readers who, like myself, have never played a hand will still root for Alton and Toni as they give Uncle Lester and his one great love, Annabel Finnick, a last chance to win the National Pairs Championship.-Angelina Benedetti, "35 Going on 13," BookSmack! 7/15/2010 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Alton
Age: 17
Tricked into becoming a card turner for his great-uncle;begins to love bridge; becomes close to his uncle.

Lester Trapp
Great-uncle of Alton; bridge whiz;.

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