On Sale: May 11, 2010
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From Louis Sachar,New York Times bestselling author and
winner of the Newbery Medal for HOLES, comes the young adult
novel THE CARDTURNER, an exploration of the human condition.
How are we supposed to be partners? He can't see the cards
and I don't 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 cardturner-whatever that means. Alton's uncle is old,
blind, very sick, and very rich. But Alton's parents aren't
the only ones trying to worm their way into Lester Trapprs"s
good graces. They're 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 Alton's 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 reality-and
inspires readers to think and think again.
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