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The Cardturner

The Cardturner

Sachar, Louis, 1954-

When Alton's ageing, blind uncle asks him to attend bridge games with him, he agrees. Alton's mother thinks it might secure their way to a good inheritance sometime in the future. But this choice soon turns out to be a lot more complex than Alton could ever have imagined

Hardback, Book. English. General. Children's stories. Fiction 9+.
Published London: Bloomsbury, 2010
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Statement of responsibility: by Louis Sachar
ISBN: 1408808501, 9781408808504
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Physical Description: 1 v. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Blind Juvenile fiction.; Uncles Juvenile fiction.; Interpersonal relations Juvenile fiction.; Inheritance and succession Juvenile fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 5
Interest Level: MY
Points: 9
Quiz Number: 220605

Author note

Louis Sachar lives in Austin, Texas, where he writes his novels and plays quite a lot of bridge. His novel Holeshas sold over 1.5 million copies in the Bloomsbury edition alone and Louis is the recipient of many of the world's most well-regarded book prizes, including the National Book Award and the Newbery Award.

Holes was the first Liverpool City Read title and won the Sheffield Book Award in the UK.


'Louis Sachar is one of the few masters of American fiction'
Independent on Sunday||'This is Sachar, owner of the most distinctive, clever, funny, philosophical voice in children's fiction . . . a whale symbol on the page warns of forthcoming bridge analysis, which the readers can skip if they want. But they probably won't. Because this is Sachar'
The Telegraph||'In Alton Richards, Sachar has created a credible and funny teenage lead . . . The human drama is gripping'
Financial Times||'The genius of Sachar's prose is that it's so plain and unshowy you don't notice the daredevil artistry of his storytelling until it's too late. You don't know you've been cut in half until you try to walk away . . . As Uncle Lester might say, nicely played, Louis'
Frank Cottrell Boyce, Guardian