Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Card Turner

The Card Turner by Louis Sachar is another title nominated for the young adult Golden Sower Award.  This book has a much slower pace than it's competitors and contains a lot of information on the game of Bridge.  Alton is a 17-year-old who gets recruited by a great uncle to turn cards for him as  he competes in Bridge games and tournaments.  Trapp, Alton's rich great uncle, is not in good health and is also blind, thus the need for a card turner.  As the story progresses, Alton learns a lot about himself, forms a relationship with his uncle, and of course, develops a love for the card game.  This book will be much more appreciated by readers who like to see growth in their characters and  appreciate how caring relationships can be built in the most unusual circumstances.

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