The Cardturner

When Alton’s blind and elderly uncle asks him to accompany him to a bridge club, Alton agrees. After all, it’s better than a summer job in the shopping mall, and Alton’s mother thinks it might secure them a good inheritance in the future. Yet Alton has no idea what a heady cocktail of romance, glitz, secrets and money he is about to uncork! Because, like all apparently casual choices in Louis Sachar’s wonderful books, this choice soon turns out to lead to all kinds of unexpected places. As his relationship with his uncle grows, and he meets the very attractive Toni, deeply buried secrets are uncovered… and a romance that spans decades is finally brought to a close. The latest eagerly-awaited novel from the author of Holes, this story of friendship, luck and destiny is another cracker!

“Louis Sachar is one of the few masters of American fiction.” Independent on Sunday

“This tender, whimsical book turns up tricks and trumps, laughter and love. A wonderful read.” Bookfest

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    This book is quite hard to understand because of all the talk about Bridge, and, ten though the book explains Bridge, it is still quite complicated. It is very humorous but also sad as Alton’s Uncle dies and, before he does, when he’s dying, it sounds as if Alton’s parents want him dead so that they can get the money!

    18 April 2012

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    Louis Sachar

    Louis Sachar is an award-winning author of over twenty-one books for children, and is best known for Holes, which won the prestigious Newbery Medal.


    Louis has won many awards including the 1999 Newbery and Caldecott awards – the most prestigious American awards in children’s literature for Holes.

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