Bridge: a card game for your grandma and grandpa, or is it? In his latest book The Cardturner, Louis Sachar, author of the extremely popular, Holes, takes his love of playing bridge to the next level by writing a book about it and it works because this book not only focuses on bridge, there’s also two girls, a questionable best friend, and a lot of mixed up family history involved, which make the story engaging.
Seventeen-year-old Alton has recently been dumped by his girlfriend, who his best friend just so happens to be dating now. Alton doesn’t have a job or money. Insert Uncle Lester Trapp, the “rich” uncle, who Alton’s parents have been trying to impress for years in hopes of getting into his will. Uncle Lester Trapp has recently gone blind and now needs someone to drive him to his weekly bridge games at the club, insert Alton who becomes his chauffer and cardturner during the bridge matches. While playing it up with Trapp, Alton meets Toni, the granddaughter of Trapp’s sister in-law and former bridge partner, who was rumored to be crazy. According to Alton’s parents that craziness runs through the family, but Alton begins to see the truth as he spends more time with Toni. As Alton spends more and more time with Trapp he begins to find out bits and pieces about his past and family. Alton slowly sorts through the mysteries surrounding his uncle, his former bridge partners, Toni’s family and his feelings towards Toni. All in all, The Cardturner ends up being quite the page turner because you want to get to the bottom of all the tricks.