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The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
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Feb 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: kids-lit
Read from February 22 to 23, 2011

Alton's parents have been trying to stay in rich Uncle Lester's good graces, so that they will be mentioned in the will. When the uncle's housekeeper calls because the uncle needs a cardturner for his bridge games, Alton is pressured into taking it. He decides that it will be better than getting a summer job someplace else.

Alton is in a funk. His girlfriend broke up with him and began to date his best friend, Cliff. So his motivation to do things is not very high. As he helps his uncle, he becomes more interested in the game and in his uncle's former cardturner, Toni. Alton begins to pick it up with the help of Toni and his sister, Leslie. Cliff also begins to become interested in Toni.

As Alton helps, he also learns about Toni's grandmother, who was his uncle's bridge partner. She was committed to an asylum, which Alton's mother likes to use to show there is an instability in the family. (which she hopes cuts them out of his will)

Well told. Thank goodness for the whales which point to when the bridge talk will begin and a box after helps to explain what just went on.

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