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The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
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Alton Richards is an average high school junior looking for a summer job, when his blind and rich uncle comes to the rescue. His uncle is an expert bridge player, and needs Alton to read the cards to him. Since Alton's mom is hoping the uncle will leave his family fortune to them, she signs him up, and unexpectedly Alton finds himself captivated by the world of professional bridge players. Though you wouldn't think the subject would appeal to teens, this is Louis Sachar telling the story, and he made digging holes in the desert interesting. He does allow the reader to "opt out" of detailed descriptions of the card game. There's a love interest, and a nice developing relationship between a young man and an old man. You may even decide to take up playing bridge.
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