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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Cardturner: A Novel about a King, a Queen, and a Joker by Louis Sachar Book Review

Alton spends his summer taking his great-uncle Lester to bridge games at the local bridge club. He is his Uncle Lester's chauffeur and cardturner(he turns his uncle's cards) because as it turns out, Uncle Lester is blind. Alton gets this job after his Uncle Lester fires his great step-niece, Tony, for questioning one of his plays. This is the last thing that Alton wants to do during his summer break, but his mom and dad believe Uncle Lester is not long for this world and hopes that this will put their family in his good graces and they'll inherit some, if not all of his fortune. Alton's parents are extremely annoying; they only care about the money. But Alton's character is very likeable. And slowly Alton becomes very good friends and bridge partners with Tony.

There is a lot of bridge jargon throughout the book, but Alton explains quite a bit throughout the book. While the subject of bridge is a large theme in the book, if readers can get past these parts, they will definitely enjoy the book. Recommended for teens ages 15 and up.

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