Bridge? Who Knew?

by Ellen Peterson | Feb 05, 2021

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

The summer after junior year of high school looks bleak for Alton Richards. His girlfriend has dumped him to hook up with his best friend. He has no money and no job. His parents insist that he drive his great-uncle Lester to his bridge club four times a week and be his cardturner—whatever that means. Alton soon finds himself intrigued by his uncle, by the game of bridge, and especially by the pretty and shy Toni Castaneda.

With his incomparable flair and inventiveness, Sachar examines the elusive differences between perception and reality—and inspires readers to think and think again.

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