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The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
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Oct 12, 2010

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Apparently Louis Sacher is a Bridge aficionado. Who knew?
Alton is in high school schlumping his way along when he gets a call from his blind (complications of diabetes) Rich Uncle Lester, "Help me play bridge, turn the cards for me."
Alton's parents are beside their greedy selves, they have been trying to get close to Uncle Lester (our Favorite uncle) forever. Their personalities explain Uncle Lester's reticence. Anyway, Alton and Trapp (as uncle Lester likes to be called) get along fine and Alton is smart enough to pick up a bit of bridge as the weeks pass. This is a moment in time for a young man and his Uncle as they get to know and respect each other. A bit of romance spices the story as does the conflict created by Alton's grasping parents.

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