Written by Louis Sachar
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A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection.
The worldwide best-selling author of Holes takes readers on a journey right into the extraordinary and obsessive world of bridge. Don’t be put off by this central theme before having a read of the extract on Lovereading4kids. Alton Richards is sent over to help his rich and ailing Uncle Lester by reading the cards he turns while he plays bridge. Uncle Lester is a champion player; Alton knows absolutely nothing about the game. How Lester teaches Alton about the game and about the power and magic of card playing and especially the all important skill of remembering numbers and cards is an all absorbing eye opener into a world of rules and codes and fierce competition. Revelatory and brilliant.
The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
When Alton's ageing, blind uncle asks him to attend bridge games with him, he agrees. After all, it's better than a crappy summer job in the local shopping mall, and Alton's mother thinks it might secure their way to a good inheritance sometime in the future. But, like all apparently casual choices in any of Louis Sachar's wonderful books, this choice soon turns out to be a lot more complex than Alton could ever have imagined. As his relationship with his uncle develops, and he meets the very attractive Toni, deeply buried secrets are uncovered and a romance that spans decades is finally brought to a conclusion. Alton's mother is in for a surprise!
'Themes of greed, mental illness, love and friendship are all told with gentle good humour and woven with Sacharesque-skill. The Cardturner is a moving, life-affirming and heartening story. Recommended.' (4 stars.) Author Helena Pielichaty
'Louis Sachar is one of the few masters of American fiction' - Independent on Sunday
'..Sachar [is the] owner of the most distinctive, clever, funny, philosophical voice in children’s fiction.' The Telegraph
'The genius of Sachar's prose is that it's so plain and unshowy you don't notice the daredevil artistry of his storytelling until it's too late. You don't know you've been cut in half until you try to walk away.' Frank Cottrell Boyce in The Guardian
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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
9th August 2011
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