The Cardturner

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The Cardturner

A Novel about a King, a Queen, and a Joker

By Louis Sachar

Listening Library, Compact Disc, 9780307712134, 6pp.

Publication Date: May 11, 2010

How are we supposed to be partners?
He can t see the cards and I don t know the rules
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's uncle is old, blind, very sick, and very rich.
But Alton's parents aren t the only ones trying to worm their way into Lester Trapp's good graces. They re in competition with his longtime housekeeper, his alluring young nurse, and the crazy Castaneda family, who seem to have a mysterious influence over him. Alton soon finds himself intrigued by his uncle, by the game of bridge, and especially by the pretty and shy Toni Castaneda. As the summer goes on, he struggles to figure out what it all means, and ultimately to figure out the meaning of his own life.

About the Author
Louis Sachar is the author of the award-winning "Small Steps," the "New York Times" #1 bestseller "Holes," "There s a Boy in the Girls Bathroom," The Wayside School stories, and many others. Many of these titles are available on audio from Listening Library."