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The Cardturner

The Cardturner

When Alton's ageing, blind uncle asks him to attend bridge games with him, he agrees. After all, it's better than a crappy summer job in the local shopping mall, and Alton's mother thinks it might secure their way to a good inheritance sometime in the future.

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ISBN 9781408808511
Barcode 9781408808511
Published 1 August 2011 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Sachar, Louis
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ISBN-13 9781408808511
ISBN-10 140880851X
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date 1 August 2011
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Sachar, Louis
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Children's and Educational
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 22mm
Weight 244g
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 13+ years
NBS Text Young Adult Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 204618

Description of this Book

When Alton's ageing, blind uncle asks him to attend bridge games with him, he agrees. After all, it's better than a crappy summer job in the local shopping mall, and Alton's mother thinks it might secure their way to a good inheritance sometime in the future. But, like all apparently casual choices in any of Louis Sachar's wonderful books, this choice soon turns out to be a lot more complex than Alton could ever have imagined. As his relationship with his uncle develops, and he meets the very attractive Toni, deeply buried secrets are uncovered and a romance that spans decades is finally brought to a conclusion. Alton's mother is in for a surprise!

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'Louis Sachar is one of the few masters of American fiction' Independent on Sunday 'This is Sacher, 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
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Louis Sachar lives in Austin, Texas, where he writes his novels and plays quite a lot of bridge. His novel Holes has 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.

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