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Louis Sachar. The Cardturner
Doubleday Canada $21.95 ISBN 978-0-385-67019-7 336 pg.
Reviewed by Koryn, Age 12

  "It’s all right, Lucy,” Trapp assured her. “I’m aware you have the ability to see me, even if I can’t see you.”

“Well, it’s probably just as well you can’t see me,” Lucy said. “I don’t look much like myself anymore.”

“Have you ever looked like yourself?” he asked her.

Lucy laughed and said, “No,” but then changed her mind and said, “Once.”

Arnold and Lucy were married, but not to each other. Their spouses were also at the tournament, playing with other partners.

“You should never play bridge with your wife,” Arnold told me. “It’ll ruin your marriage.”

“Even worse, it will ruin your bridge game,” said Lucy.

Alton does not know the first thing about the complicated game of bridge, so when his blind, rich uncle Lester asks him to be his cardturner, Alton’s mother’s only words of advice are, “Don’t screw it up, Alton.” Soon Alton becomes intrigued by the game of bridge and by Toni Castaneda, Uncle Lester Trapp’s former cardturner. In a strange twist of events, Alton and Toni become partners and compete in the National Pairs Championship, but everything changes.

I really enjoyed reading this interesting, unique story about a card game I had never even heard of before. The Cardturner is about relationships, money and bridge. I really loved reading this book. The description is excellent, and I learned a lot about bridge. I am really interested now in learning how to play the game, and I am sure many others will be just as enthusiastic.

An amazingly good read! I give The Cardturner five stars. Louis Sachar is the bestselling author of Holes.

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