The Cardturner

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Louis Sachar
The Cardturner

Okay, okay, my only exposure to playing the card game bridge was when I was 12 years old and my dad tried to teach me.  He lost me at "left bower" . . . nevertheless, both my parents were avid bridge players - my mother still plays occasionally when her friends need a fourth.  That's what attracted me to this book.  

Alton Richards is a high schooler who is "volunteered" by his parents to drive his wealthy, sickly, great-uncle to and from his bridge club 4 times a week and be his cardturner.  Alton at first finds this job to be boring and tedious but before long, he starts to pick up on the rules of the game and begins to learn bridge.  He begins to forge friendships with his uncle's bridge buddies and with a girl his age, Toni, who used to be his uncle's card turner until they had a falling out.  
 
Along the way, Alton learns some things about life, death, love and himself.
 
The author gives quite a bit of information about playing bridge - but if you're not interested in that you can skip those details and still enjoy a good story about a young man forging friendships with both kids his own age and adults that are a couple generations older than he is.  Check our catalog.
 
Peggy G.,Circulation

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