From Louis Sachar, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Newbery Medal for HOLES, comes the novel THE CARDTURNER, an exploration of the human condition.
How are we supposed to be partners? He cant see the cards and I dont 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 cardturnerwhatever that means. Altons uncle is old, blind, very sick, and very rich.
But Altons parents arent the only ones trying to worm their way into Lester Trapps good graces. Theyre 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.
Through Altons wry observations, Louis Sachar explores the disparity between what you know and what you think you know. With his incomparable flair and inventiveness, he examines the elusive differences between perception and realityand inspires readers to think and think again.
Paperback; 336 pages; 2010