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The Cardturner

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· Delacorte Books for Young Readers
· Hardcover · Ages 12 and up
· May 11, 2010 · $17.99 · 978-0-385-73662-6 (0-385-73662-2)

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

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 Trapp’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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WINNER - ALA Best Books for Young Adults
FINALIST - Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices
WINNER - NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies
NOMINEE - Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award
NOMINEE - Nebraska Golden Sower Award
NOMINEE - Arizona Young Readers Award
WINNER - Young Adult Services Division, School Library Journal Author Award
WINNER - NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies
FINALIST - Bank Street Child Study Children's Book Award

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Louis Sachar is the author of the award-winning Small Steps and the New York Times number one bestseller Holes, as well as Stanley Yelnats’ Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake. He is an avid bridge player. His books for younger readers include There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, The Boy Who Lost His Face, Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes, and the Marvin Redpost series, among many others.
 

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