Friday, July 30, 2010

Cardturner: A Novel About a King, a Queen and a Joker by Louis Sachar

Delacorte Press
May 2010
336 pgs.

When his wealthy uncle, a champion bridge player who has lost his vision, asks seventeen-year-old Alton to be a cardturner for him, Alton has no idea how much he will ultimately learn from his eccentric relative. Includes appendix by Syd Fox with information about bridge.


  1. One of my faves this year! I can't believe it's a book about bridge. Sachar's characters are believable and the mystery is neatly woven into their storyline.

  2. My daughter described this as a combination of humor, mystery, suspense, bridge manual, romance and ghost story -- and now that I've read it I agree! Remarkable job with an 'impossible' task -- a riveting book you can't put down, and memorable characters. And both of my kids want to learn bridge now -- the library will need to offer lessons and a 'club' for playing for all the kids who get hooked on this book....

    I listened to this book on CD, and it was wonderful -- even the bridge explanations worked enough to get the main points.

  3. I've heard a lot of positive comments about this one; I hope it will get some kind of recognition, either from the Newbery Committee or from the Printz Committee. But I do trust the committees; they read more than anyone else & really debate & think about these books on a level that doesn't happen anywhere else.

  4. I love this book. It is an amazing book about bridge. the characters are amazing, and the story is twisting. Even if this book doesn't win, I hope it gets an honor award.

  5. This was an awesome book! I didn't want to read it at first but then when I started it, I loved it!! It had suspense, great characterization, good description, and bridge!