The Cardturner

The Cardturner

A Novel About A King, A Queen, and A Joker

Book - 2010
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When his wealthy uncle, a champion bridge player who has lost his vision, asks seventeen-year-old Alton to be a cardturner for him, Alton has no idea how much he will ultimately learn from his eccentric relative. Includes appendix by Syd Fox with information about bridge.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780385736626
0385736622
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION SACHAR
Characteristics: 336 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Card turner

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Docenos
Jul 01, 2017

If you love playing bridge you will definitely love this book. The bridge explanation is exhilarating. If you always wanted to play bridge, this book will definitely inspire you
to learn to play. Even if you don't care about the game, you will enjoy the story. Another great story by Louis Sachar. Recommended for 13 years and older.

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ethroop710
Dec 06, 2014

While this wasn't a "gripping" book, it nonetheless was interesting and inspiring. Sachar doesn't disappoint with his clear writing, shorter chapters, and relateable characters.

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marsbars97
May 31, 2014

Adorable, but kinda sad. A lot of details about card playing, but you don't need to understand them to enjoy the book.

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Jacob Prest
Aug 02, 2013

Mr. Sachar delivered another great novel that bonds a distraught teen with his blind, bridge-playing great-uncle. Overtime, they bond over bridge and life, including the great-uncle's sad past, when his bridge partner was taking away to an asylum. Alton, the teen, begins to play bridge with the partner's great-niece, and overtime, they begin to simulate the uncle and aunt when playing. The chapters may be only two pages, but if you read like ten chapters a day, you'll want to finish it before saying, 'Thank you, partner'.

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tomysshadow
May 22, 2013

Partway through the book, a friend asks me if I'm enjoying the read.
I say yes.
They ask me how far I've gotten, and I say I'm at the whale on page 71. Then I realized they didn't have the slightest clue what I was talking about.
Stupid Canned Peas.
Yes, I enjoyed this book. Though it can be emotional, and I'm not a bridge player, I found it easy to understand and follow and the ending wrapped it all up pretty well.

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Laurkew
Feb 26, 2013

In this surprisingly compelling story?complete with intricate gameplay, family secrets, and a colorful cast of characters?seventeen-year-old Alton spends the summer serving as cardturner for his blind great-uncle Lester, who plays competitive contract bridge.

Hufflegirl Feb 19, 2013

Weird. But good.

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21221014172388
Dec 12, 2012

Yes, I'll give it to you , the bridge talk could get a little boring at times (okay, a lot boring) but, as usual, I loved Louis Sachar's characters.

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ericpang0
Dec 08, 2012

The wierdest part of this book is when his uncle was talking to him even though he's dead:)

THEGABEr Aug 04, 2012

This book was a great book, everything was good until the death, but now his dead uncle is talking to him. Incredible read.

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Jul 01, 2017

Docenos thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

zackids Nov 25, 2010

zackids thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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